Wednesday, April 29, 2009         No. 0904



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What Are “Biblical Bifocals”?

Christians need to understand that because the Bible is the revealed Word of God, and a true record of history, the history of the universe, we need to look at the world through the Bible.  In other words, we should always put on our biblical bifocals, and then “Live from the Bible” in order to understand the world.

For example, if you took your children to the Grand Canyon and they asked you how the layers of rock and the canyon formed, what would you say?  If you put on your biblical bifocals, you could answer this way:

Well, children, most, if not all of those layers contain fossils.  The Bible teaches that there was no death before sin.  Therefore, these layers could not have been laid down millions of years ago, before Adam sinned.  But the Bible tells us about a global Flood.  This would have created many hundreds, or thousands of layers that buried lots and lots of dead things.  Also, the catastrophic runoff would have carved the canyon.

Here is another example regarding dinosaurs.  When we put on our biblical bifocals, we can say many things about dinosaurs. Things like they were created on the sixth day, so they lived with man.  They ate plants before sin.  They were on a huge boat that landed in the Middle East, and so on.

By ‘Living from the Bible’, beginning with the Book of Genesis, we can put on our biblical bifocals so that we are always ready to give answers to a world that needs them.



The Limits of God?

Since God is omnipotent, He could have created everything in six seconds, six minutes, six days, or any time period He chose. But the point is that it’s not what God could have done, it’s what He said He did.

There are many, even within the Church, who justify their acceptance of evolutionary time periods by saying, “You literal six-day creationists are limiting God!  I allow God billions of years to create.  I don’t limit Him to six days!”

However, believing that God created everything in six literal days is not limiting Him.  Instead, we are limiting ourselves by not letting God tell us what He did. We cannot tell God what He did.  After all, only He was there.

Many people of all beliefs, or no religion, do not seem to understand that the reason we believe God created in six days is because we are letting God speak to us through the language of the Bible.  We cannot impose our ideas on God’s Word.  We must let God’s Word speak to us.

When we take this approach, it is obvious from the language of Genesis that God created in six literal days.  Relying on the Bible alone, there is really no debate.

If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.   1 Timothy 4:6 KJV ER



Is Evolution Science?

When most people hear the word science, they think in terms of all the wonderful technology we have today, like computers, jet planes, cell phones, and so on.   Certainly, scientists have accumulated much knowledge about this world and the laws which govern the universe.  This has enabled us to build the wonderful technology we use today, like the technology that sent you this email.

But when most people hear the word evolution, they think in terms of Darwin’s ideas concerning the supposed evolution of animals and man.  Darwinian evolution teaches that life evolved from non-life millions of years ago, and that over millions of years, one kind of animal changed into another.  Finally, man arose from some ape-like ancestor.

Studying evolution is very different from studying present-day processes that have led to many amazing technologies.  Molecules-to-man evolution is a belief concerning what supposedly happened in the past, but no one was there to see it happen, or has seen it to date.  But, because of this belief, evolutionists are free to put forward stories about abiogenesis, which is non-living chemicals evolving into life, stellar evolution, or apelike animals without direct observation.  Such scenarios are merely belief statements.

The ideas Darwin espoused were his beliefs concerning the past.  They are not science in the sense of scientists being able to observe these things actually happening.

However, we do not have to depend on mere guesses about the origin of the universe and life.  Thankfully we can refer back to the eyewitness account given to us by the One who was there, God the Creator, and passed on to us in the Bible.



Evolutionist Quote of the Month

Carl Sagan on the Beginning of Human Life, Part 1

“Despite many claims to the contrary, life does not begin at conception: It is an unbroken chain that stretches back nearly to the origin of the Earth, 4.6 billion years ago. Nor does human life begin at conception: it is an unbroken chain dating back to the origin of our species, tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago. Every human sperm and egg is, beyond the shadow of a doubt, alive. They are not human beings of course. However it could be argued that neither is a fertilized egg.”

– Carl Sagan, Is It Possible To Be Pro-Life and Pro-Choice, Parade Magazine, April 22, 1990, p. 5.
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