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Genesis Without Sunglasses

TROPICAL SUNRISEYou don’t have to visit Africa or Australia to experience a different world.  Just return to the Book of Genesis and take off your sunglasses!  I’m serious!  The mysteries and the majesty of the first book in the Bible can stop you in your tracks and take your breath away- unless you insist on seeing everything through a set of colored lenses! Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • Some people visit Genesis to prove their faith.  They have points to make, details to argue, and skeptics to defeat, so they read this amazing book looking only for debate points.  It’s all about measuring the intensity of commitment.
  • Other people come to Genesis to discount it.  They are certain that scientific advances have left the accounts of creation in a shambles, but they still hunger for some reassurance from Scripture.  They want to respect the accounts of Genesis, just not believe them.

This year, go for a completely different experience: read Genesis just to see what God has to say.  Don’t worry about how long the days are; just concentrate on how big the Lord is!  Don’t be distracted by what Dawkins or Hawking might say.  Listen for a few minutes to what God says.

  • Read the very first verse; then stop and take a deep breath.  The heavens and the earth are all there and you’re only one verse in!  Be still and reflect on the spectacular content of just those ten words.
  • Then read the next verse and imagine what that might look like: a lonely planet submerged in water; and the Spirit of God cutting through the darkness and hovering just over the surface as he does his work.

Genesis devotes only two chapters to creation; fourteen to one period in the life of a young Hebrew named Joseph.  God is clearly not going to great lengths to tell us how the world was made or how mankind came to be.  Instead, he wants to tell us why.  I have been reading the first eleven chapters of Genesis over and over again for the last three months, trying to forget everything I ever heard and listen only to what God wants to say.  No exaggeration– I am awestruck like never before. I cannot stop thinking about it.

My challenge to my friends: in 2014, take off your shades and read the first eleven chapters of Genesis.  You might see the beginning of time like you’ve never seen in before!  Who knows, when the light comes on, you might even see God.

Lift up the Cross!

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Good Science and Bad Behavior

That’s not thunder: it’s Dr. Einstein rolling over in his grave!  Have you heard the news that the Theory of Relativity is being seriously challenged?  If you missed the reports, physicists at a laboratory in Europe believe they have found something in the universe that moves faster than the speed of light.  If they can confirm that these tiny  particles called neutrinos do indeed achieve such velocity, this would dismantle and discard Einstein’s most famous theory, and would rewrite the rules of physics!  Some scientists believe it’s about to happen.  Others believe Einstein will withstand the challenge.  But the suggestion of this kind of breakthrough has scientists everywhere buzzing with excitement.

Einstein’s theory of relativity has been around since 1905.  It has been taught, explored and celebrated in classrooms and textbooks for generations.  Should the researchers in Europe confirm their preliminary findings, textbooks must be rewritten and scholarly papers will be discounted or dismissed.  But nobody is quarreling, or questioning motives, or calling opponents unflattering names.  In fact, the term “opponent” has never been used once as this story has developed over the last three weeks.  A major scientific theory may be knocked down in the near future, but it’s so non-controversial that most Americans haven’t even heard about it.

Something similar happened a 2006 when astronomers concluded that Pluto is not actually a planet.  School children had been taught that this small, distant body was our ninth planet since its discovery in 1930.  But after years of debate- a calm, civil debate never even reported by the press– our solar system was reduced to 8 planets overnight.  Nobody was ever labeled a fool or an ignoramus or “anti-scientific,” although a fact of science was being challenged and ultimately overturned.

Events like these should raise questions about the tenor of the debate raging around another scientific theory- Darwin’s theory of Evolution.  Why is it considered so villainous and unscientific to challenge the standing of Darwinism?  It’s only slightly older than Einstein’s theory and it’s never been a fact like Pluto’s status used to be.  It’s certainly not a law of science like the Law of Gravity.  But in 1991 when researchers and authors began to seriously challenge the logic and the science of evolution, their ideas were immediately discounted with angry denunciations.  When a biochemist named Michael Behe actually met Charles Darwin’s own test and proved that some microscopic life forms are irreducibly complex and, therefore, could not have evolved, his work and even his professionalism were ridiculed.

Two decades later, with that damning evidence still on the table, many advocates for Darwin have simply moved on.  Scholars who express doubts about the theory are demonized, professors who want to raise questions in class are fired, and the simple idea of intelligent design has become anathema.  This level of outrage might suggest that physicists or biologists actually have a working model to demonstrate how nothingness produced that first marble that became the big bang, or how a light sensitive spot on a simple organism could have evolved to something as complex as an eye.  But in fact, there are no models like that.  So innocent questions are drowned out in a storm of vague speculation and angry accusation.

All this sound and fury reveals that some facts are just facts and some theories are just theories, but Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is an Agenda.  Writing in the Wall Street Journal about the challenge to Einstein, a physicist named Michio Kaku explains, “Reputations may rise and fall. But in the end, this is a victory for science. No theory is carved in stone. Science is merciless when it comes to testing all theories over and over, at any time, in any place. Unlike religion or politics, science is ultimately decided by experiments, done repeatedly in every form. There are no sacred cows. In science, 100 authorities count for nothing. Experiment counts for everything.”

With all due respect, Dr. Kaku should look again.  There is indeed one sacred cow in biology;  one theory does seem to be written in stone.  Apparently, some reputations must never fall.  In the Church of Darwin, the claims are still repeated after experiments have failed.

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