Follow the Clues?

Can we Really Follow the Clues? Evidence, Logic, and Sharing About the Creator

Super long, but it’s mostly Scripture. Here’s the main idea:

Forgetting to start all our reasoning with the Bible can lead even the most godly person to majorly bad thinking

Follow the Clues?

Last week I was reading The Case for the Creator for Kids with my oldest two and it was driving me crazy. Or rather, it was giving them a hands on chance to explore the limits of logic and our preexisting assumptions about life and the Bible.

Bonus Lesson, just because someone is right in one area doesn’t mean you can relax and trust them in everything else (or vice versa, for that matter).

So, I decided to write a critique of the book for CS4K.

Then, just a few days later I read an amazing article on a new favorite creation blog of mine:

Follow the Evidence?

at Creation Without Compromising (a blog for Canadian Reformed pastors who hold firmly to a Young Earth Creation view).

They didn’t mention the kids’ version, but I pricked up my ears when they mentioned the book Case for the Creator as a prime example of the kind of apologetics they were critiquing.

So, now what should I write about?

Here’s my plan: I’ll first share the big idea from the Follow the Evidence article and then give you the example bugging me in our kids’ book:

Can We Trust our Brains to Lead Us (and Others) to the Truth?

If you know what “Reformed” means, you know their answer is a shouted, “NO!” But I’m not Reformed, so do I disagree with them then? Let’s go to the Bible and see what it says about a person without God’s help figuring out the truth for themselves:

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Ephesians 4:17-18

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. I Corinthians 1:21

I also like the passage in Isaiah talking about the foolishness of worshiping a man made god in Isaiah 44:

They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? Isaiah 44:18-20

These passages and many more warn us not to trust our own ability to know and understand the truth.

Then Why Do So Many Appeal to our Intellect to Convince Us God is Real?

I can’t speak for others, but for me, it’s hard to remember my mind loves to lie to me. Plus, as the Evidence article points out, western thinking has worshiped our mental abilities since the 1700s. We are soaked in a culture that assumes human brain power is the greatest power in the universe.

Now for the Kids’ Example

Magnifying GlassThe Case for the Creator for Kids opens with this mystery to solve:

Just as we know someone had to put it there for an elephant to be found on our roof, so we can know someone put the universe in place. Both are too big and improbable to have just happened.

No problem there. But then it’s straight to this:

Scientists today now believe in a Big Bang. They tell us long ago everything started from a tiny point. It burst apart with light photons being the first physical matter. All other things developed from these bits of light.

So, let’s pull out our Bibles, read the 1st four verses and see how beautifully these two ideas line up.

All you need is some worldly wisdom to filter Scripture through and everything fits just beautifully. Right?

Well, of course, it was easy to show they don’t line up well at all:

  • God tells us the earth came before light Genesis 1:1
  • Even water came before light. Genesis 1:2
  • There was darkness at the same time, no cosmic glow unblocked by any heavier matter. Genesis 1:4

Trusting man’s reasoning about the origins of the universe had obviously blinded the author to the straightforward testimony God gave us of creation.

Does This Mean We Shouldn’t use our Minds?

Here’s where things get sticky:

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: Isaiah 1:18

Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers. I Samuel 12:7

And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. Acts 24:25

Obviously, using our logical minds is something God approves of, but there’s an extra element added to Godly reasoning:

The Bible

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Acts 17:2

Even when Paul was dealing with people who didn’t accept the Bible as an authority in their lives like the Jews did, he still used Scripture and its ideas as his basis. He never started from man’s ideas, but got right down to what God tells us.

Back to Our Example

Shining the Light of Truth

The opening, “let’s look into this just like we would into an elephant” isn’t wrong in itself, but they didn’t bother to mention there is a journal by the perpetrator that tells us when and how he put the elephant on the roof. They assume we are left with just physical clues and our brains to come up with a reasonable scenario.

Rather than moving right into scientists’ ideas about the foundation of the universe, which are constantly changing to get further from any idea of a Creator, the next step in godly logic is to go right to the source of truth and logic.

In the beginning was the Word [logic], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended [to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend] it not. John 1:1-5

We have a Book! There is plenty of room for detective work and clue following, but we don’t have to start with humanistic ideas and hope for the best. We know the One who is Truth [John 14:6]!

Let’s honor and learn from brave people like Ken Ham and all the Apologists at Answers in Genesis who understand how vital understanding this is for the coming generations!

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. II Timothy 2:25-26

Review: Answers Books for Kids

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by Ken Ham with Cindy Malott, published by Master Books

My mom bought the first 4 of these for my kids, and as of now I’m the only one to take an interest in them, so these are just my take on them. We figure having a mom who’s a creation geek is education enough. We don’t force them to sit down and read a catechism on top of what gushes out of me! ūüôā

These are cool little books. If you haven’t seen them in person it’s hard to picture how perfect their size (6″ [15 cm] square) and design (hardbound) is for kids.

At this moment my beginning reader is sitting next to me and looking through the first book and taking in all the pictures. Each book tackles 22 questions from kids on two page spreads. The question is on the left and Ham’s answer is on the right. There are tons of graphics plus photos of kids on each page.

The books don’t shy away from tough topics. I can’t find our copy of the 2nd book, but the series seems to move in order of increasing difficulty. But that might be just the way they divided things by topic (Volume 1: Creation and the Fall. Volume 4: Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life, and so on).

I was really impressed with the depth and clarity of the kids’ questions. They know how to get us grown ups thinking! I was pleased with Ham’s handling of the answers, although the limited space he had brought back feelings from the Ham/Nye debate. There just wasn’t room to do many issues justice.

I’ll probably keep these books hanging around for my kids to pick up when the mood strikes them. At the same time I think the series would be ideal to read as a family (as long as you aren’t given to long-winded sermons when you talk about serious issues! ūüėÄ ). Tackling one idea at a time would be an awesome course in Christian thinking for any family.

Here are a few samples to get your brain juices flowing:

  • Why does God let the bad guys win sometimes? (Vol. 4)
  • Why did God create sin? (Vol. 3)
  • Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons? (Vol. 1) I’m going to write about this next time!
  • Does God laugh? (Vol. 3)
  • Did God use the same design for humans as for monkeys? (Vol. 1)
  • How do we know other religions aren’t true? (Vol. 4)

See what I mean? This series would keep a pastor on his toes, but these are the kinds of questions we need answers for in today’s (and any day’s) world.

At the end of Ham’s answers there is always a Bible reference or two to look up on your own to check what God has to say on the issue. As always, it’s an issue of authority.

Maybe I’ll include a reading from these next year for my oldest two (9 + !0)!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. II Timothy 3:16-4:2

This is a perfect place to let you know about some changes here on CS4K. It’s time to start repaying my family for all the time I’ve poured into this ministry. As soon as my “real” life settles down I’m planning to publish my own kids’ book. But even now I’m participating in a program to earn a little money here.

If you click on the link to the Answers in Genesis store above, or the sidebar links on the right, I earn a commission on everything you buy from them. It helps your family, supports these ministries, and helps me improve this website and eventually take my family on missions trips (the whole reason I decided to become a writer in the first place).

Thanks!

 

Book Review: Questions God Asks

by Israel Wayne, published by New Leaf PressCS4K-Questions

Have you ever wondered why the God Who Knows Everything asks people so many questions? Or, maybe, like me, you never stopped to think about this much at all. You will be amazed by the wealth of wisdom we can learn from slowing down and thinking through what God is really doing.

A few weeks back, I saw this title come up for blog reviewers and for once wished my own blog had a wider subject because it looked so interesting. Then, through the miracle of social media communication, I was able to ask Israel Wayne himself if there was enough in his book for me to be able to share about it here. He assured me there was plenty- and he was right.

First of all, the book is an easy read. The ideas are big, the vocabulary and style aren’t. So, you could hand this book to your older kids (about 10 or so) without trouble [Warning: there is a bare bones description of the Assyrians’ cruelty in the Jonah chapter]. Better yet, you could use it for family study time with the everyone.

Then there are the subjects covered. Do you know the first time God asked a person a question? Yes, indeed, it was when He asked Adam where he was. Why did He ask Adam that? So Adam would have a chance to ‘fess up and face what he’d done and the consequences. Most importantly, God wanted Adam to turn to Him for help rather than trying to fix things himself. All of Adam’s children have needed to face these issues for themselves, including each of us. It’s the starting point for our relationship with our Creator and Savior.

Actually, Wayne doesn’t even start his book with Genesis, so this is the 2nd question he covers. The first chapter of his book opens with this bedrock question:

‚ÄúWhere were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.‚ÄĚ Job 38:4

How many people get their whole way Processed with MaxIm DLof looking at the world wrong because they think they should be the ones asking the questions and making God prove Himself?

The whole book is this practical for helping us to think God’s thoughts after Him.

Each chapter is like listening to a well-done mini sermon, or even a workshop on how to live the Christian life. From one of the many personal examples Israel Wayne presents, this isn’t surprising since he’s been speaking at conference workshops since he was a young man.

Oh, yes, there was one chapter I’d never seen in the light Wayne shines on it. Do you remember God asking, “why did Sarah laugh?” when announcing Isaac was coming? I’d always imagined it was God’s way of talking to Sarah when she’s behind the tent door. I’d never thought of God actually addressing Abraham (and through him, husbands) with that question.

Origins science is directly covered in the book as well. It’s even part of the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon so you can check it out right away (starting with page 10).

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? Genesis 18:14

Find more reviews at New Leaf Publishing Group’s blog post: Questions God Asks

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic version of Questions God Asks from the publisher in return for this review. The thoughts are my own; no one made me write nice things about it.

And, congrats to Israel Wayne and his wife. They had their 8th child a few days before my own daughter was born!

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God, You’re too Harsh!

The parable of the talents, as depicted in a 1...

The parable of the talents, as depicted in a 1712 woodcut. The lazy servant searches for his buried talent, while the two other servants present their earnings to their master.

Jesus told this parable where He was the master and we the servants: Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‚ÄėMaster, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn‚Äôt plant and gathering crops you didn‚Äôt cultivate.’ Matthew 25:24 NLT

It wasn’t easy deciding whether this was a topic to cover on a blog “for kids”, but the more I run into arguments against worshipping and loving God, the more I realize our kids need to have answers, and soon.

What is it unbelieving people are telling us about God? “Atheists” like Richard Dawkins spend an awfully lot of time talking about how horrible the God of the Bible, the only real God, is. If they really believed God was invented by people, why work so hard to smear His character?

Eagerly they seek out the goriest accounts in the Bible seeking to prove God is too disgusting to deserve our worship. It seems the only kind of God they would consider worthy is a spineless softy who let everyone get away with murder (literally).

Interestingly, these people never touch the worst case of “genocide” in the history of the universe, Noah’s Flood. They don’t dare take that one seriously, or it would give us the opportunity to point to the mountains of evidence for the Flood having really happened.

So how can a God-fearing believer in Jesus respond to such a low blow? Let’s see how Jesus, the Master, responded to the fearful servant in the story:

Parable of the Talents

Parable of the Talents

But the master replied, ‚ÄėYou wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn‚Äôt plant and gathered crops I didn‚Äôt cultivate,why didn‚Äôt you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.‚Äô Matthew 25:26,27 NLT

Did he claim to be a kind and gentle master? Not at all. He accepted the accusation and turned it back on the servant. “You knew I was like this, so why didn’t you meet my expectations?” That’s not what we would have said! But it’s what Jesus claimed.

What’s more, here are the consequences for the servant’s bad attitude and fearful actions:

“Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30 NLT

Our God, the God who is, makes a terrifying enemy indeed! But there’s something else going on. Remember who the guy is? He is one of the master’s “servants”, but doesn’t have the master’s protection. He isn’t part of the family.

This tells us every person on earth, no matter what their attitude about God is, still is one of Jesus’ servants. He gives them “talents”- skills, opportunities, and character traits to help them accomplish God’s work on earth. They are expected to return a profit for Jesus’ kingdom no matter what.

Here’s the bottom line. God made everything, including all people. He gets to decide when a person is to die or live. If we ignore Him, thumbing our noses at His rules and mistreat His creation, God will eventually say, “enough is enough.”

tombstone shadows

tombstone shadows (Photo credit: Rick Payette)

That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Psalm 104:28,29

God isn’t “pro-life” the way we are called to be. He does love all of us, but there comes a point of no return:

¬†‚ÄúHow I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side.¬†They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.‚ÄĚ Luke 19:42-44 NLT

God was, is, and will be terrifyingly mean to those who hate Him. But, He offers each and every one of us a way to find protection-¬† by hiding ourselves in Him through Jesus’ life and cleansing.

Lawn With Hundreds of Dandelions

The Bible Loves Science

That’s the “working title,” anyway.

Typewriter adler3It’s been close to a year since starting this blog and all along I’ve been wondering if and when God would give me a book idea. My situation is a little complicated because I really want another baby and when my body is providing for a new little one, my brain fries! As you can see, it’s not permanent, but it gets pretty bad for a few months (not to mention after the baby comes!). So, I haven’t focused on a big goal for fear of getting myself in for more than I can handle.

SKY U KIdsTwo weeks ago, the idea came anyway. A good friend of my daughter’s came for a sleepover. She’s 10 years old, thoughtful, kind, and very much in love with Jesus. But her parents are too busy to take her to church themselves, let alone give her a Christian education or guide her in her faith. Having read the book Already Gone, I know the statistics are very much against her still being a good friend for my daughter in just a few years. That thought breaks my heart!

So I looked around for a simple but powerful book for kids like her. What can caring people give the millions of kids who love Jesus at 10 years old but have less than ideal home lives?

  • It has to be inexpensive, so a church could buy a bunch to have on hand when they see a need.
  • The book needs to cover much more than Evolution. It is wonderful to see how Answers in Genesis, Creation Today, the Institute for Creation Science, and others are recognizing the attack is on more than just God as Creator. It is also aimed at God as Author and Authority as well. So, topics like ‘is the Bible accurate about history we can check out?’ need to be covered, too.
  • It would be great to show how many scientists they study about believed the Bible. Even today, there are 1,000s of scientists who believe the world is only¬†millennia old. Real science and the Bible get along more than fine; they support and encourage each other!
  • All of this has to be in an easy-to-read format: no big words (without explanations) and as interesting a layout as possible. This is for a kid whose parents aren’t involved.

Only a couple of books come anywhere close to matching this description. So, that’s what I’ve been busy planning. A lot of areas to include are already covered here, but there are a few I want to polish up. Dr. John Ashton of Evolution Impossible has already agreed to help me and I just sent an e-mail to another group for info. ASAP, I’m hoping to put together a mockup to send to AiG, Creation Today, and eventually Master Books.

I know getting in with Master Books is a long shot, but I’m not writing this for fame, I’m writing this for impact and they are the most recognized name in the field. We’ll see, because I don’t have enough followers to get free books to review, let alone talk them into taking on my book.

Getting accepted by a publisher and a lot of other things are in God’s hands. My part right now is to write for my daughter’s friend and all the other kids like her.

Watch out so you don’t despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, That in heaven their angels¬† always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Matthew 18:10,11

PS the manuscript is all finished now (May 2013) and I’m praying for Master Books to take it on!

Here are some posts covering topics I’m planning to include:

Stretching the Heavens

Ancient Technology (sort of): Musical Scales

The Whole World Knows the Mountains were Underwater

How to Read a Typical Geology Article

Species: How Many Bats did Noah Need on the Ark?

Human Language

Ancient Technology: Farming Terraces

And lots more. I’m hoping to cram all this in around 100 short pages! God, help me!

August 3-5 Weekend Specials

Sale

This weekend Living Waters has their book Scientific Facts in the Bible on sale. If you’re reading this next week, the book only costs $6.99, but this weekend it costs $3.00US. It’s easy to sign up for their e-mail and I’ve noticed that most of their resources going on sale every three or four months, so you can keep an eye out for things you’re interested in. Last month I ordered their tract called Science Confirms Bible and like it a lot. They pack so much information into a 3x4in space that people over 40 need a magnifying glass, though!

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Creation Today that ties right in with my post for parents. There is a whole section of the Creation Store for materials to help parents and students face the challenges of Evolutionary thought in the classroom. Just looking the titles over is an encouragement! These books aren’t on sale (except the “sale” category), but they are still worth checking out.

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  Deuteronomy 30:14-16

Marsh Blooms

Are Your Kids Ready for Science Class This Year?

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012

Bake a Cake for Darwin 2012 (Photo credit: Beaty Biodiversity Museum)

In this post¬†I’m going to talk straight to all of us parents out there, although you kids are welcome to listen in.

Yesterday, I ran into a page that didn’t surprise me but rather made me sad and excited at the same time.¬† It so clearly shows what is going on in a typical science classroom that I thought I would take today’s post to forewarn and forearm all you parents who will be sending their kids out the door to school¬†in a month or so.Today’s text¬†to check out is on¬†Miss Barbara’s Montessori teacher guide to¬†“The Time Line of Life.”

It’s a long page, but just reading the opening paragraphs on Setup and Presentation will give you a feel for what your child is going to be exposed to.¬† I found the product page for the timeline she uses, but it didn’t have a good picture of the details they cover.¬†I did find that this same teacher is very pleased with the webpage from Berkeley, so if you want to see what she’s showing¬†her kids you can follow the link there.

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Geological time spiral

The first thing that caught my eye on Miss Barbara’s page was her complete comfort with presenting a lesson that she¬†is well¬†aware¬†is¬†full of errors.¬† It doesn’t seem to bother her conscience at all that she is leading the children to wonder and be amazed at something that she knows isn’t true.

Personally, I never present¬†an idea to children as fact if I have any doubts about¬†it.¬†¬†My kids know the story of¬†St. Nicolas and watch¬†Christmas¬†specials with flying reindeer, but they’ve never¬†believed that¬†you could go visit them if you¬†travelled far enough north.¬†¬†Interestingly, this is the same¬†tack that many people in Montessori also take on Santa Claus.¬†¬†Yet, they have no problem presenting the Evolutionary story of spontaneous generation as truth.

I’m not going to go through her whole long page, but it doesn’t take long to get the idea of what she is expecting the children to believe:

  • Animals knew what they needed to develop and had the ability to change themselves to meet that need
  • Extinct animals show how needs change and leave some behind
  • Living things spontaneously become larger and more complicated given enough time
  • Animals buried at different levels in the fossil record must have lived at very different times

EvolutionThe first point is the most mind-blowing for me. I noticed the same thing happening with the story of plant development last week. Living things knew what they needed and how to meet that need and changed themselves to accomplish their pre-planned goal. That is one tall tale! See if it works for your little Superhero wannabe. You just will yourself to develop some new desirable ability and presto you can do it. NOT!

Points one and two cannot both be true.¬† If some animals can will themselves to change, why can’t the rest (considering they believe all animals have¬†a single¬†ancestor)?¬† As we look around the world we can easily discover which of these two ideas¬†matches the¬†reality we see.¬† This morning on facebook¬†I shared a picture that said, “beware the half truth, you may have gotten hold of the wrong half.”¬† It is rare for any falsehood to be presented in a completely invented framework, it would be too obvious.

Giant prehistoric shark jawNumber three is also quickly falsifiable. I’ve discussed this briefly in posts on all kinds of animals and in more detail about human beings. There is an organization called Greater Ancestors who’s whole focus is on this subject. They’ve collected enough fossils, photos and stories just on this topic¬†to be planning to open a museum shortly. People and animals can be shown over and over again to be Devolving into smaller, less capable forms.

As for point number 4, you can have a look at what’s really going on by beginning with my post on the Geologic Column¬†and checking out¬†the links to even¬†more evidence.

UHA PterygotusOne last area stood out to me from Miss Barbara’s page: the power of really cool animals to capture our imaginations. Remember God’s technique for reminding Job of His power and authority? The Creator pointed to natural processes and lots of animals. I remember reading Job’s response for the first time as an adult and being stunned at his complete humility and acceptance of God’s Lordship from this line of reasoning alone. Now I understand better the potency acknowledging the Creator has.

We can just as easily, and with more authority, show how all the amazing creatures of the past and present show the mind and majesty of God to our children.¬† Let us not be fearful or naive, but wise and proactive as God-fearing parents of tomorrow’s Christian leaders!

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.  Matthew 10:16

For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  Luke 21:15 

Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  I Corinthians 14:20 

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. II Corinthians 11:3 

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Philippians 2:15 

For more ways to help your kids check out the resources being offered by Creation Today

Links: God is Working, Let’s Learn how to be Good Helpers!

C. H. Spurgeon,

C. H. Spurgeon, “The Prince of Preachers”

I’ve started visiting facebook¬†before I write up my posts here so I can check up on any stray comments and so my blog¬†posts don’t get buried by all the other cool things I run into and share with my “fans.”¬† This morning I’ve found some things that are so wonderful I wanted to share them with all of you.

Yesterday I found Ravi Zacharias’ fan page, so I will get updates on what¬†his group is¬†up to.¬† I also ran into a general Christian Apologetics page.¬† Apologetics is just¬†a fancy word for learning to explain why we believe the Bible and how our Worldview works to everyone.¬† Today I saw a quote from Spurgeon that I really wanted to share with you all:

If you are drawn into controversy, use very hard arguments and very soft words. Frequently you cannot convince a man by tugging at his reason, but you can persuade him by winning his affections.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďCharles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 173

I know none of you are guilty of doing this yet, but I’ve already run into a number of grown ups who could use a serious reminder of the truth in this.¬† It is easy to forget that every single person who is arguing with you is an immortal soul for whom Jesus shed His blood.¬† I’ve even (rarely)¬†seen YECs¬†being mean to other YECs¬†who disagree with their particular view.¬† Although I agree with this one¬†man’s position, it makes me ill to see how he treats another brother in Christ.¬† How much worse is it when we treat someone who isn’t part of God’s kingdom yet with put downs¬†and meanness.¬† I sure would never choose a worldview that was presented¬†to me¬†like that!

When Jesus was working on earth there were only two groups of people He¬†was harsh with¬†(I was shocked¬†to read His words for myself in my teens, I¬†didn’t know He¬†was “mean” to anyone until I read the Bible through on my own): the 12 disciples for their faithlessness, and the religious leaders.¬† These¬†leaders already believed the Bible, they just refused to let God interpret the Bible His way rather than theirs!¬† Jesus never said a put down¬†to an¬†ordinary person¬†in His life.¬† Let’s follow His example no matter how annoyed we get.

I can’t speak for the rest of the Creationist ministries since I don’t follow them closely enough to know, but I do know two groups that are careful to follow this rule.¬† Answers in Genesis regularly posts responses to people’s letters.¬† They would be uncomfortable to read if you were the one being exposed as a fool, but it’s not AiG’s fault that the person wrote what they did, they just published it and politely responded!¬† The other group is Creation Today who¬†will read letters from Evolutionists and address them as valuable, but mistaken people.¬† Very refreshing.

Let’s never forget the whole reason we Christians¬†(yes, even¬†kids)¬†are here on earth: to teach, disciple, and baptize people who are being added to God’s kingdom.

Some other things I ran into today to share:

English: Uniform of the Boy Scouts of America ...

Uniform of the Boy Scouts of America in 1974.

Answers in Genesis has an exciting and thoughtful report on the Creationist work in the Russian speaking world.¬† I encourage you to read it, think about what is going on in our thinking, and PRAY!!! God is working, but for some crazy reason He has chosen to limit Himself to working through our efforts and our prayers.¬† Have you ever been part of a group where you¬†work to¬†earn awards?¬† Well, God’s kingdom is the biggest one of those there is.¬† The amazing thing is we can earn awards just by taking a couple of minutes to ask God to clear the way and do His work!¬† Wild, but true. ūüôā

 

Lastly, Creation Today has put up a list of Orlando, FL businesses that are offering discounts to people attending the Proof of God conference (which is one big Apologetics meeting!).¬† If your family is going to vacation in Orlando sometime in the future (like mine will), take a minute to check out the places to stay or eat so you can reward them for their openness to followers of the Truth; think “boycott” backwards!

[Jesus said,]  For he that is not against us is on our part.  

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  Mark 9:40-42

Another Great Conference!

Orlando, Florida

A while back I mentioned the Proof of God conference that is being held in October in Orlando, FL.  Now there is some new info about it to add to the list of reasons to attend or see if you can get some of the resources from it.

I follow Creation Today and other Creation pages on facebook (if you use facebook, it’s easy to “like” my page and “share” with your friends the things we talk about here).¬† They’ve been holding us in suspense about another speaker they were going to have at the conference for over a week.¬† Yesterday was the announcement:¬†they’re having Ken Ham in!¬† One of the other “little guys” in¬†Creation ministry¬†commented that he probably wouldn’t have been able to get a display booth if the announcement had been earlier.¬† We are all just people,¬†only some have more familiar names than others. ūüôā

The cost of the conference is quite reasonable (I could afford it if I lived within driving distance), so if you have a way¬†to get there, it would be amazing and inspiring.¬†¬†Anyone 12 or older is invited.¬† Can you imagine what would happen if a whole crowd of teens caught God’s vision at an event like this?¬† It could change a lot of lives!

I’ll let you know if I find out if you can order copies of the sessions.

Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8