Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 26, 2020

Kepler Remembers Henry

(4 Minute Read plus video)

Henry

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Sad News

I have some very sad news. My longtime buddy Henry died last Saturday night.

Master, Missus, and I had noticed some signs of his slowing down in the last few weeks, but we didn’t realize his end was so near. He had been less vigorous in playing with me, and it had been harder for him to jump up on the sofa to sit with Missus.

Saturday night he would not eat his dinner, and he was a little trembly. Missus wrapped him up with extra covers in his basket bed as she stroked his head and rubbed his chest and told him he was a very good boy. But when we got up Sunday morning he was gone. He was 10 years old.

Missus let me nose Henry’s body and sniff him Sunday morning so I could observe his condition. Master and Missus wanted me to understand what happened and why Henry isn’t around anymore. I appreciated being able to get a bit of closure and say goodbye to my buddy.

I understand from Master that death happens to everybody. Master told me this is due to his mega-great-grandfather Adam, the very first human. Adam sinned by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. One bite poisoned the entire world! No matter how good the fruit tasted, I don’t think it was worth it.
(See Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?)

Dr. Henry Morris

Dr. Henry Morris

New Name

Master got Henry from his aunt at Christmas 2015. Due to increasing age, she was no longer able to care for him. I was ecstatic to have a playmate.

Since the dog was starting a new life with us, Master gave him a new name when we adopted him.
Master named him
Dr. Henry Morris
to honor the memory of the man who is the father of the modern Creation Science movement.

Dr. Morris (1918–2006) is best-known for founding the Institute for Creation Research and for his co-authorship of the ground-breaking book The Genesis Flood.

We called my new buddy Henry for short. He had a sweet, calm temperament, and everybody loved him. Best of all, he didn’t mind me being the Gamma with him the Delta. (Master is the Alpha and Missus is the Beta.)

Silky Terrier

Henry was a Silky Terrier. The breed was created in the late 1800s in Australia by crossing the Yorkshire Terrier imported from Great Britain with the native Australian Terrier. Following World War II, American servicemen brought Silky Terriers home with them, and in 1959 the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed.

Here is an 11-minute YouTube video on the Silky Terrier. The ones in the video look and act just like Henry. I get teary just watching it as it reminds me so much of my late buddy.


 
Henry was a good companion, and we did almost everything together. We played with one another all day long, chasing each other around the house and wrestling. Together we kept squirrels and chipmunks, raccoons and possums on the run in Master’s backyard and at his campsites.

Master said Henry was a calming influence on me. We often took daytime naps nestled together in a basket bed. All three of us, Master, Missus, and I, will miss Henry.

Henry & I guard Master’s campsite

Silver Lining

There are some advantages to being Master’s only dog now.

First, I get all the attention from Master and Missus. I have enjoyed the extra love these last few days since Henry’s death. It feels very good.

Second and most important, I do not have to share the dishwashing duties anymore. I love to lick Master’s and Missus’ dishes completely clean. Master says I clean dishes so well that we don’t need the dishwasher, and he wants to sell it. But Missus insists on keeping the dishwasher and running all dishes through it, even after I have thoroughly cleaned them. Why, I don’t know; it’s a real puzzle.

I don’t know if Master will get another little dog to be my new buddy. It would have to be just the right dog. I would like a Kepler-sized chocolate Lab or a Kepler-sized German Shorthaired Pointer, but nobody “makes” those dogs in small sizes.

I would also welcome a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in my size, but again nobody “makes” them that small. I have met them at campgrounds, and they are smart and very loyal with beautiful reddish coats.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Don’t forget — I’m running for President! (Click Kepler for President).
Vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. How do your pets glorify the Great Creator?
2. Since we all will die eventually, are you ready to die and meet the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 40th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-40 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns

Read the sequel:
41. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday February 26, 2020 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 19, 2020

Remembering a Giant

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Dr. John C. Whitcomb

A giant is usually capable of exerting remarkably great influence, either physically, mentally, or spiritually. The giant I am remembering today is a man who exerted prodigious influence — influence not only in his own day, but also influence on succeeding generations.

This giant was not an athlete or a politician. He was not a general or a movie star or a musician. This “giant of influence” was simply a theology professor. His name was John Clement Whitcomb Jr.

Dr. John C. Whitcomb (1924–2020) died Tuesday, February 5, at the age of 95.

Have you ever heard of Dr. John Whitcomb? Even if you have never heard of that name, it is likely that he has influenced your life in some way through the results of his work, either directly or indirectly. Read on to learn how this may have happened.

John Whitcomb fought in the December 1944 Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during World War II and graduated from Princeton University after returning home. For over 50 years, Dr. Whitcomb enlightened students as a professor at Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He wrote over 20 books including The World that Perished, The Early Earth, The Bible and Astronomy, plus commentaries on Daniel and Esther.

But Dr. Whitcomb is best known as one of the founders of the modern creationism movement, calling the church back to believe a literal Genesis. He co-wrote The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications with hydraulic engineer Dr. Henry M. Morris.

Fifty years after the book’s initial publication in 1961, chemist Russell Grigg wrote this about it:
“No other single work before or since has so effectively encouraged Christians’ belief in the historicity of Genesis, and the divine inspiration, scientific accuracy, and authority of the Bible as a whole. The Genesis Flood challenged the key principle of the atheistic theory of evolution — long ages — meaning that the earth and most of the fossils in it were millions of years old. Combining what the Bible actually said with scientific data from hydrology, geology, and archaeology, Whitcomb and Morris showed that the Biblical text required there to have been a world-wide Flood (not just a local or a tranquil one), and that scientific evidence substantiated this. Furthermore, they showed that this was recent (i.e. during the days of Noah, some 4,500 years ago), and that it could account for the fossils in the so-called ‘geological column’.”
(Russell Grigg, Turning the Tide, Creation Magazine, Volume 33, July 2011, p 18-19.)

John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, said this of the book:
The Genesis Flood is as timely, thought-provoking, and helpful as ever. A tour de force and a must-read resource for pastors, teachers, scientists, and anyone who is troubled by the conflict between the Biblical account of creation and the ever-changing claims of modern evolutionary theory.”

I myself first read The Genesis Flood by Whitcomb & Morris back in the mid-70s when I found a hardback copy in a used book store in Atlanta, Georgia. I knew of the book and was thrilled to get it for only $3 in August 1976.

As I paid for the book, I was amused that the proprietor warned me about the book. He cautioned me that the book was an unconventional, off-the-wall treatment of science and the Bible. He confided that the authors did not accept scientific evolution. I surprised him with, “Great! That’s good.” I devoured the book, and then I lent it to my girlfriend. After she read it, we got married, and we have shared enthusiasm for God’s glory in creation ever since.

GenesisFloodBk

The Genesis Flood book had its inception in 1953 at an American Scientific Affiliation conference in Indiana where Dr. Henry Morris spoke on evidence for a global flood in the days of Noah. He presented a paper titled The Biblical Evidence for Recent Creation and Universal Deluge.

In the audience was John Whitcomb, a professor of Old Testament at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Morris’ paper inspired Whitcomb to investigate the topic of Noah’s flood for his doctoral thesis. Whitcomb’s dissertation defended a literal interpretation of Genesis 6-9.

Upon completion of Whitcomb’s dissertation in 1957, Morris and Whitcomb began collaborating on The Genesis Flood book which they published in 1961. A condensation of Whitcomb’s dissertation formed the theological part of the book. Morris wrote the scientific portions, more than two-thirds of the total book.

The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications by Whitcomb and Morris launched the modern creationist emphasis throughout the Christian and scientific world. The founding of the Creation Research Society followed soon after in 1963 with Morris’ help. The Genesis Flood has had a profound influence globally, equipping millions of people to defend a literal interpretation of the Genesis record of Creation, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel.

Whitcomb Video Lecture

Here is a video of one of Dr. Whitcomb’s lectures. He delivered How Did The Human Race Begin? in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 5, 2005, at a Voice of Christian Youth America rally. The video begins at the 8:20 mark with the introduction of Dr. Whitcomb, and then he speaks for about 50 minutes.

Wisdom of Whitcomb

This statement by Dr. Whitcomb sums up his life:
“I want to be in the full-time business of finding out what God says and telling as many people as I can.”

Dr. Whitcomb’s life verse was 2 Timothy 2:2:
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Thousands of Whitcomb’s students are now following his example and teaching the Bible to others worldwide.

Why Genesis Still Matters is a November 2017 article by Mike Matthews based on his interview of Professor Whitcomb. The article conveys Whitcomb’s intriguing perspectives on life, faith, and his seminal Genesis Flood book.

Questions to Ponder

1. Who has been a “giant of influence” in your life?
2. Intentionally or not, you are likely a “giant of influence” in someone’s life. Are you an influence for good or ill?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:11-12)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 12, 2020

Where Did Cain Get His Valentine?

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This blog is not a gossip column, but here are some juicy tidbits you won’t find in the Facebook.

Did you know that President Donald Trump is my relative? On the other hand, President Trump is also related to his nemesis, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and I am related to her as well. I am an ardent creationist, but the infamous Charles Darwin of evolutionary shame is also one of my relatives. How could all these famous personages be related to me?

The concept behind these tantalizing tidbits about my relatives helps answer the question that skeptics frequently ask in striving to discredit Genesis:
Where did Cain get his wife?

The “Monkey” Trial

This same question about Cain’s wife flummoxed the unprepared William Jennings Bryan at the 1925 Scopes trial. Defense attorney Clarence Darrow goaded prosecutor Bryan into testifying as a Bible expert.
Darrow: Did you ever discover where Cain got his wife?
Bryan: No, sir. I leave the agnostics to hunt for her.
Darrow: The Bible says he got one doesn’t it? Were there other people on earth at that time?
Bryan: I cannot say.
Darrow: You cannot say. Did that ever enter your consideration?
Bryan: Never bothered me.
Darrow: There were no others recorded, but Cain got a wife.
Bryan: That is what the Bible says.
Darrow: Where she came from you do not know.

At that moment Darrow made Bryan look foolish, although Bryan was a brilliant, learned, and strategic lawyer. The public, listening to this portion of the trial’s nationwide radio broadcast and reading transcripts telegraphed worldwide, concluded Christians couldn’t defend Genesis. The question of where Cain got his wife has been vexing Christians ever since.

Cain’s Valentine

The question about Cain’s wife seems difficult to some because of evolutionary mindsets. Actually, from a Biblical worldview, it’s easy to answer.

Jesus’ reply to the Sadducees fits this situation perfectly:
Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God? (Mark 12:24)

What is known about Cain’s wife? Besides her name, Mrs. Cain Adamson, almost nothing is known. Yet she sparks more speculation than any other Bible woman. Who was she?

Answer:
Cain’s wife was one of his sisters or possibly a niece.

This is not bizarre. I married a relative. Everybody does. There is nobody else to marry.

Humans today are all related because we share common ancestors. Everyone is descended from Noah’s three sons, either Japheth or Shem or Ham. Thus the nearest common ancestors of all the humans alive today are Mr. & Mrs. Noah.

Adam through Noah comprises 10 men who are common ancestors. Their wives, descended from Adam, are also our common ancestors, as are all the ancestors of the 10 men and their wives. Thus all alive today have scores of common ancestors.

Genesis records Adam and Eve had “many sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4) as they obeyed God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 1:22) Adam lived to age 930, so he could have had hundreds of sons and daughters.

Many sons married sisters and others married nieces to begin filling the earth in obedience to God’s very first recorded command to Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:22). If brothers had not married sisters, mankind would have died out in one generation.

Only One Race

Some argue (incorrectly) that Cain’s wife came from an already existing race. Even if true, the underlying issue remains: where did that hypothetical race find spouses originally?

Some claim Genesis 1 and 2 are contradictory accounts of man’s creation. To resolve this they posit the creation of a different human race in Genesis 1 before God created Adam and Eve in Genesis 2. They suggest this pre-Adamic race produced Cain’s wife. Could this be true?

No, it is not true. Genesis 1 and 2 are not contradictory. Genesis 1 gives an overview of Creation Week. Genesis 2 focuses on man’s creation on Day 6, fleshing out the preceding overview.

Jesus Himself substantiated the accord of these two chapters. When questioned about marriage, He applied quotations from both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 to the first man and woman, thereby confirming the chapters’ harmony (Matthew 19:4-5).

Jesus knew both chapters, yet He saw no contradiction, for He used both together. Jesus attested that both chapters speak of Adam and Eve.

Jesus declared the first marriage occurred at the Beginning (Mark 10:6). His statement allows no time for a pre-Adamic race. From that first marriage Jesus derived a marriage standard which He applied to all Adam’s offspring. Jesus’ words show He believed everyone descended from Adam.

When Adam looked for a wife among the animals, no suitable helpmate was found (Genesis 2:20). No female existed; thus no other race could have existed. Yahweh then created Eve who was the mother of all living (Genesis 3:20). Therefore all humans descended from Eve, including Cain’s wife.

Scripture explicitly says, He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth (Acts 17:26). Worldwide, each person throughout history descends from Adam.

Adam was the “first man” (1 Corinthians 15:45), and Eve was the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). In the beginning there was only one man Adam and one woman Eve and all humans descended from these two people. There was no pre-Adamic race. Mankind is a single race, and Cain’s wife belonged to that race.

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters (Genesis 5:4)

Cain’s Fear

Cain feared being killed when Yahweh exiled him for murdering Abel. Some say this indicates the existence of a substantial human population of whom Cain was afraid. Allegedly this population came from somewhere besides Adam and Eve; supposedly Cain found his wife there.

First, such speculation contradicts Scripture’s clear teaching that all men descended from Adam.

Second, Adam and Eve were 130 years old at Seth’s birth (Genesis 5:3). Eve identified Seth as the replacement for murdered Abel. Thus well over 100 years could have elapsed from Cain’s birth to Abel’s death – plenty of time for Adam and Eve to accumulate significant descendants, including women for Cain to marry.

Thus the answer to Darrow’s question, “Were there other people on earth at that time?” is Yes! Adam and Eve had “many sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4). Many female descendants of Adam and Eve were alive, and Cain selected a wife from one of them.

Cain’s fears of revenge may have involved Abel’s close friends.

Gene Pool

Today boys turn up their noses at marrying their sisters. Cain did not have that luxury. No one existed for him to marry except sisters or nieces.

Cain and his siblings were first-generation offspring of Adam and Eve. For generations the gene pool was relatively clean. Enough harmful genetic errors had not accumulated to make marrying close relatives unwise.

Today degeneration of the gene pool has intensified; marriage between close relatives now risks severe problems in the offspring when identical defective genes occur in both closely related parents.

Restrictions against marrying close relatives did not come until the time of Moses, 2500 years after Creation. The restriction was unnecessary in the early generations because harmful genetic mutations had not accumulated.

Certainly in the first generation brothers needed to marry sisters to continue the race. Adam himself married a closer relation than anyone else ever has, for Eve was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:23). Eve was practically a clone of Adam, having been made from his rib.

Noah’s grandchildren married siblings or cousins. Abraham married his half-sister. His son Isaac married his second cousin. Isaac’s son Jacob married two sisters who were his cousins.

The Creator established marriage; therefore, His Word is the defining standard for marriage. Those who reject Scripture’s authority have no grounds for criticizing Cain for marrying his sister.

Biblical History

Defending Biblical history is vital. The Bible’s credibility can be undermined when questions like Where did Cain get his wife? go unanswered. Getting stumped here generates doubts about what Biblical history can be trusted and what cannot. Were Adam and Eve real? Did Noah’s Flood happen? Did Jesus rise from the dead?

Furthermore, rejecting the Bible’s history eventually leads to rejecting the Bible’s theology and morality.

Genesis is authentic history – in its entirety – provided by One who was there. Understanding history based on Genesis provides a solid foundation for Christian faith, including dependable answers to otherwise perplexing questions like Where did Cain get his wife? Cain’s wife was a sister (or niece).

My Relatives & Your Relatives

My famous relatives mentioned earlier (Trump, Pelosi, and Darwin) may not be close enough relatives to share book royalties or to meet for coffee, but the genetic link is there. They are my relatives! And they are your relatives!

Mega-great-grandpa Noah’s obedience in building the ark made possible my life and yours, and the life of whoever is your latest hero — who is also your relative! We are all descendants of Adam and Eve.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which Bible questions do you find challenging to answer?
2. Which Biblical claims do you find hard to believe?
3. Where can one find answers to hard questions about the Bible?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 5, 2020

Remembering “The Walking Bible”

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Jack Van Impe (1931-2020)

If your friends nicknamed you based on what you do for hours every day, what nickname would they pick?
Java Junkie?
Game Guru?
Beauty Buff?
Gym Rat?
Tool Man?
Music Maven?
Kitchen Queen?
Shopping Ninja?
Boobtuber?
Movie Geek?

TV host Jack Van Impe (1931-2020) earned an unusual nickname that few others have ever shared. He died several weeks ago on Saturday, January 18, and his memorial service was this past Saturday, February 1.

For over 30 years, Van Impe hosted a weekly TV show presenting Scripture in connection with current events. From his metro-Detroit studio, Van Impe broadcast to a worldwide audience.

Jack Van Impe Presents aired in 25,000 cities in the US and Canada and in over 150 other countries around the world. Commenting on the purpose of his program Van Impe said, “We only report the news from the latest papers and magazines, but we use the Word of God to show you that it means Christ is coming.”

If TV hosts were awarded trophies for things that really matter, Jack Van Impe would be a remarkable champion. He earned distinction as a faithful and loving husband. He was married to Rexella for 65 years, and many have remarked on the tender bond between them.

The Walking Bible

While I do not endorse everything Jack Van Impe taught, I did highly respect him for his commitment to memorizing Scripture. Over the course of his life he memorized nearly 18,000 verses including most of the New Testament. This earned him the moniker “The Walking Bible.”

Jack regularly spent two hours daily memorizing and reviewing Bible verses. He estimated that he had invested about 80,000 hours in memorization work. He said the secrets to his memorization success were desire, discipline, and dedication.

He described these benefits to memorizing Scripture:
“The Word gives us victory over sin (Psalm 119:11).
It makes us clean (John 15:3).
It is the source of faith (Romans 10:17).
It brings blessing (Revelation 1:3).”

Of all the many verses he had memorized, Jack’s favorite verse was Titus 1:2, a verse that few people would know without looking it up.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. (Titus 1:2 KJV)

The Apostle Paul stuffed tremendous truths into this short Titus verse:

  1. God promised eternal life. What could be more valuable than eternal life? What could be more sure than a promise by God?
  2. God cannot lie — because He is the source and ground of truth.
  3. God made His plan to save sinners before the world began, before Adam and Eve were even created.

Van Impe’s memorization process is outlined in the article Scripture Memorization on his website.

People Remember Jack Van Impe

Over 1,000 people left comments on the Jack Van Impe Remembrance Page which reflect the influence he had on people. Here is a sample:

Dr. Jack Van Impe was a mentor and friend to me. He inspired me to memorize over 10,000 Scriptures by subject including 22 complete books of the New Testament.

I know Jesus because of him, Rexella, and their ministry. Psalm 104:4 says that God “maketh his ministers a flaming fire.” He had the fire of God within him, and I loved to see and listen to him preach with that fire.

Thank you for your straightforward and no nonsense teaching.

I grew to love his dedication to Biblical doctrine, his boldness, and stance for the truth, especially when he was pretty much “blacklisted” by the mainstream Christian television community (namely TBN). He refused to be silenced and accepted being cancelled by the network – rather than ever compromise truth. He endured death threats by Islamists, battled countless health issues, and lived solely on his Social Security check each month for the remaining years of his life – rather than live off donations to his ministry. A far cry from how most big name preachers live today.

Dr. Van Impe was an example for all Christian leaders, a reminder to preach the truth of the Scriptures with knowledge, plain understanding, conviction, without political correctness.

Jack Van Impe was indeed the “Walking Bible” saturating his messages both with God’s Word and the fire and fervency of the Holy Spirit.

Jack Van Impe operated in an anointing of wisdom that I’ve never seen or heard from any other evangelist. He had a burning desire for Biblical truth that is also unmatched in most ministries today.

His preaching of the Word has kept me on course all these years. We love you, Rexella. You and Jack have been a shining beacon of light in a dark world guiding us toward the Lord.

No other preacher, throughout the course of my life, has ever preached with as much fire and conviction concerning the Rapture and Christ’s return. No other preacher in my lifetime has preached the Word of God more boldly or faithfully than Dr. Jack. I pray that I can carry the torch of his Biblically-sound, uncompromising, and bold style of preaching until the Lord calls me home.

Soon after I got saved some 15 years ago I discovered Jack Van Impe Presents on television. Very new to the faith, at that time my understanding of Bible prophecy was basic at best. Jack caught my attention quickly with his passion, knowledge, and love for God’s Word. Watching him and Rexella open the mysteries of Bible prophecy changed everything. Instead of knowing Jesus only as Savior and the Lamb of God, I discovered Him as the soon returning and conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah. The Bible came alive to me through Jack’s teachings.

Many years ago Dr. Jack and Rexella responded to a letter I wrote to them. Their kindness was beyond measure and helped me more than words can convey.

Jack may have been known for his fantastic Bible memory and prophetic vision. However, what always moved me the most about Jack and Rexella, was/is their passion for lost souls. That will always be the backbone of a true follower of Christ. Watching Jack at the end of each broadcast, his being moved to tears while encouraging people to run to the Lord’s salvation.

A true man of integrity that wasn’t afraid of political correctness. He only feared God.

Rexella, your husband was a courageous man, who never backed down in the face of the worldly pressures and changing times socially. I thank you and him for standing steadfastly for our Lord and Savior.

How blessed we were to have such a servant to work as hard as he did to get out the truth without compromise; his love of Jesus burned within him.

I love that he never sugar coated anything. If it wasn’t God’s Word or didn’t line up with what the Word said, he didn’t pretend that it was! He didn’t just preach what people wanted to hear. He preached what people needed to hear in order to be saved! Praise God for this amazing man and what he stood for!

Jack Van Impe Biographical Video

Here’s an 8-minute YouTube video surveying Jack Van Impe’s life and Christian ministry of over 70 years narrated by Chuck Ohman.


 

Questions to Ponder

1. How will people remember you when you are gone?
2. What can you do this year to earn the encomium, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” as so many said of Jack Van Impe?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 29, 2020

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

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Do you remember working wooden puzzles as a child?

Have you ever seen an adult wooden jigsaw puzzle?

January is National Puzzle Month, and today, January 29, is National Puzzle Day. Every year January 29 is celebrated as National Puzzle Day to promote the enjoyment of all types of puzzles — jigsaws, crosswords, sudoku, cross sums, mazes, math puzzles, mechanical puzzles, logic puzzles, pattern puzzles, picture puzzles, acrostics, anagrams, chess problems, and many more. Scads of puzzles of many different kinds abound, but this blog post focuses on wooden jigsaw puzzles for adults.

Both jigsaw puzzles featured in this blog were manufactured by the Wentworth Wooden Jigsaw Company Ltd. Wentworth has a large selection of wooden jigsaw puzzles for reasonable prices.

Cottage Jigsaw Puzzle

Here is “Rustic Retreat,” a wooden jigsaw puzzle I worked recently. The puzzle has 140 pieces and measures 9.75” x 6.75”.

“Rustic Retreat” by Claude Strachan

The original source for the puzzle image is an oil painting by Scottish artist Arthur Claude Strachan (1865-1935). He is best known for his paintings of English cottages with overgrown gardens and rustic figures. He traveled throughout Great Britain painting country life.

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

The two wooden jigsaws pictured in this post share three characteristics that are common in adult wooden jigsaw puzzles but which are not usual for cardboard puzzles.

First, if you remember wooden puzzles from your childhood, you may recall how the pieces fit together quite loosely. This is also the case with the adult wooden puzzles I have worked. The pieces fit loosely — not snugly as cardboard pieces usually do. As a result, it is sometimes harder to decide whether a piece fits in a particular spot or not.

Second, the puzzles have a random cut instead of a ribbon cut. In a ribbon cut puzzle, all the pieces are slight variations of a similar blocky shape with knobs or holes on each of four sides. These relatively uniform pieces form a grid, lining up in rows and columns. Ribbon cuts are common for cardboard puzzles. In contrast, random cut puzzles, such as these wooden puzzles, have irregularly shaped pieces with no two pieces alike. The pieces may be long or short, wide or narrow, curved or straight, triangular or rectangular. Any shape may occur for a piece, and pieces are usually not arrayed in a row/column grid. Conventional corner pieces often cannot be found. They are instead replaced by unexpected combinations of pieces. Straight-edged pieces may be found in the interior of the puzzle.

Third, wooden jigsaws feature whimsy pieces. Whimsy pieces are figurative or familiar shapes like animals, flowers, and household items. The whimsy pieces in the cottage jigsaw above included a chair, spade, music stand, wheelbarrow, and trowel. One edge piece was a tulip in which the very short straight bottom of the stem formed part of an edge. Look for a rabbit piece in the lower left region of the cottage puzzle.

Here is a picture of some of the unusual puzzle pieces from the train jigsaw puzzle (pictured further below) in their approximate positions. Notice that the upper left, lower left, and lower right corners are formed not by a single corner piece, but by two pieces abutting along a line bisecting the 90° corner angle; two pieces come together diagonally to form the corner. Notice pieces with straight edges in the interior. Whimsy pieces include a pipe wrench, hammer, pliers, railroad pump cart, flag on pole, microphone on stand, and wheelbarrow.

Wooden Jigsaw Pieces from Train Puzzle

Train Jigsaw Puzzle

Here is “Light Duties,” a second wooden jigsaw puzzle from Wentworth that I worked recently. The puzzle has 250 pieces and measures 10” x 14”.

“Light Duties” by Barry Freeman

The puzzle art is by Barry Freeman (1937-2017). He was a British landscape artist especially known for his detailed paintings of trains and railroads.

Creative Workmanship

For the Israelites’ worship tabernacle in the Old Testament, Yahweh told Moses that he had equipped and commissioned Bezalel for beautiful craftsmanship:
I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. . . . in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood. (Exodus 31:3-10)

This is reminiscent to me of the artists and craftsmen behind wooden jigsaw puzzles. Even though puzzles are neither supernaturally commissioned nor sanctified like the tabernacle, they have beautiful pictures, interesting patterns, and intriguing workmanship. A magnificent Creator designed those jigsaw artists and designers who in turn skillfully create, just as He equipped Bezalel and his colleagues in the days of Moses!

Jigsaw puzzles testify of artists, designers, and manufacturers behind them, just as all of nature testifies of the Great Creator who made it.

Questions to Ponder

1. What everyday objects show beauty and craftsmanship to evoke your admiration of the Great Creator?
2. In what everyday task can you apply diligence and attention so that you can point to a faithful Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog article is the fourth in an intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
Read the prequels:
1. Jigsaw Murder Mystery (with video)
2. Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits
3. Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

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5. Jigsaw Puzzles – ??? (coming soon…)

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You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:5-6)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 22, 2020

What Is Real Jeopardy?

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My wife and I enjoy watching the television quiz show Jeopardy! from time to time, especially when it has a champion in the midst of a run of wins.

Last spring we especially enjoyed watching James Holzhauer, nicknamed Jeopardy James, who set many records as he won 32 games in a row and over $2.4 million.

Recently Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (GOAT) tournament began on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The game show’s top three all-time money winners competed in a multi-night tournament for a winner’s prize of $1 million. The second-place and third-place contestants each received $250,000.

The contestants in the Jeopardy! GOAT tournament were these three men:
Ken Jennings (45) owns the longest Jeopardy! winning streak with 74 wins in 2004.
Brad Rutter (41) is the top all-time Jeopardy! money winner.
James Holzhauer (35) has the second-longest Jeopardy! winning streak with 32 wins in 2019. He holds the most Jeopardy! records (20) including the top 15 single-day Jeopardy! winnings.

Tournament host Alex Trebek said, “Based on their previous performances, these three are already the ‘greatest,’ but you can’t help wondering: who is the best of the best?”

The Jeopardy! GOAT tournament consisted of a series of nightly matches. Each night’s match was two back-to-back half-hour games. The player with the most combined winnings from the two games won the night’s match. Play continued night after night (except Friday and Monday) until one player won three matches. Thus the tournament could last anywhere from three to seven nights.

The GOAT tournament lasted four nights. Ken Jennings won the tournament by winning the first, third, and fourth matches. James Holzhauer won the second match and came in second on the other three. Brad Rutter did not win any matches, placing third each night.

James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter congratulate winner Ken Jennings
(Picture compliments of USA TODAY.)

The Jeopardy! Cachet

Long-time host Alex Trebek is highly respected and beloved. He has delivered dignity, courtesy, and humor to the Jeopardy! stage. Much attention has been focused on him in the last year due to his announced diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

Regarding his Jeopardy! legacy, Trebek hopes that he has been “an influence for not underestimating the benefits of knowledge on life. Even though you are not going to use it in a practical way in daily life … it becomes part of you and enriches you, and makes you a better human being.”
(Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek doesn’t want pity, USA TODAY, January 8, 2020)

As indicated by Trebek’s words, Jeopardy! promotes, honors, and glorifies knowledge.

Those who thirst for knowledge, like Jeopardy! aficionados, should seek out the fount of all knowledge and wisdom.
Attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)

Knowledge is valuable and should be sought. A thirst for knowledge and how to use it (wisdom) is praised in Scripture:
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. (Proverbs 15:14)
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)

Where does one start the search for knowledge and wisdom?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Real Jeopardy

All men know that there is a Creator God, despite atheists protestations to the contrary. They are simply suppressing the truth of God that they inherently know.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23 NASB)

To answer the title question, real jeopardy is facing the Creator God at the end of life and having to answer for one’s own sins without the help of Jesus Christ, the mediator between God and man.
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:26-31 NASB)

I urge all who are not yet ready to face their Creator to avoid jeopardy by committing themselves to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ, the source of all knowledge and wisdom, is the only mediator between the holy Creator God and sinful man.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What great man of history had a “jeopardy contest” with a foreign queen who came to test him with difficult questions? How was it that he answered all her questions; nothing was hidden … which he did not explain?
    (Hint: 1 Kings 10:1-13)
  2. What Jeopardy! clue could you write to highlight real jeopardy?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequel:
Jeopardy, James, & Jennings

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 15, 2020

Luke Does Apologetics with a Pen

(5 Minute Read plus video)

Luke the Evangelist
1610-1614 painting by El Greco

Famous First Words

It was a dark and stormy night . . .

This iconic and much-scorned line opened the 1830 novel Paul Clifford. It is the fictional story of a man in the closing days of the 18th century who lives both a public life as an esteemed gentleman and a secret life of robbery as a swashbuckling highwayman.

Pen & Sword

The famous “dark and stormy night” line opening Paul Clifford was penned by the same author who wrote this famous adage:

The pen is mightier than the sword.

British nobleman, politician, and novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) was the first to use this specific phrasing of the “pen over sword” idea. In his 1839 historical play Richelieu portraying the life of the 17th-century French clergyman and statesman Cardinal Richelieu, Bulwer-Lytton placed the adage in Richelieu’s mouth.

But this concept long pre-dated Bulwer-Lytton’s formulation.

A version appears in the New Testament by the author of Hebrews:
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASB)

In Act II of the play Hamlet (circa 1600) by William Shakespeare, Rosencrantz says,
“… many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills.”

In 1792 Thomas Jefferson writing to Thomas Paine said,
“Go on then in doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) said (in French),
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”

Since Bulwer-Lytton’s day, the phrase or idea has been used many times including the following instances:

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) by Mark Twain, the motto appears in an illustration of Tom’s schoolroom.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson used the slogan “He proved the pen mightier than the sword” in his 1916 presidential re-election campaign.

In the 1989 action/adventure movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy’s father Henry Sr. is a renowned author and a professor of medieval studies at Princeton University. In extreme peril, Henry shoots ink from his pen into the eyes of his Nazi captor, disabling him. Henry’s companion Marcus Brody then says, “Henry, the pen. Don’t you see? The pen is mightier than the sword!”

This YouTube clip from the movie shows Indy’s rescue of his father from the Nazi tank including the “pen is mightier than the sword” scene inside the tank. (Clip contains intense battle scenes.)


 

Luke Chooses Pen Over Sword

Dr. Luke authored two books of the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Luke’s writings comprise the most words by any single New Testament author, more than a quarter of the New Testament.

Sir William Ramsay (1851-1939) was a New Testament scholar and archaeologist who was the foremost authority of his day on the history of Asia Minor. He once doubted Luke’s reliability, but his extensive archaeological and historical work in New Testament lands convinced him of Luke’s superb historical accuracy. In his 1915 book The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament, Ramsay said of Luke’s Acts of the Apostles,
“Further study … showed that the book could bear the most minute scrutiny as an authority for the facts of the Aegean world, and that it was written with such judgment, skill, art, and perception of truth as to be a model of historical statement. . . . You may press the words of Luke in a degree beyond any other historian’s. . . . Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy … [he] should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.” (pp. 85, 89, 222)

Luke tells about Peter’s use of a sword to defend Jesus when the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus. Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s servant. Jesus rebuked Peter for this use of the sword, and then He healed the servant’s ear. (Luke 22:49-51; John 18:10-12)

But Luke chose to use a pen (quill) to defend Jesus’ claims and to present them clearly. In his gospel account, Luke writes of the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. He begins Acts where the Gospel of Luke ends and reports on the ascension of Jesus, the apostles’ founding of the Christian church, and the spread of the Gospel message throughout the Roman Empire.

Dr. Luke used a pen rather than a sword to accomplish his purpose of persuading people of the truth about Jesus of Nazareth. He carefully investigated and recorded the words and works of Jesus so that all posterity could have accurate knowledge about Jesus.
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4 NASB)

Dr. Luke’s pen work was in obedience to Jesus’ command to His disciples at His ascension to preach His message to all nations:
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NASB)

Dr. Luke’s apologetic for the Christian faith consisted of reporting Jesus words and deeds in the Gospel of Luke and the works and words of the apostles, especially Peter’s and Paul’s arguments, in Acts.

To these [apostles] He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3 NASB)

Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know — this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. . . . Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ — this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Peter on Pentecost in Jerusalem, Acts 2:22-24,36 NASB)

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing…They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible…to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God…after He arose from the dead. This is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.
(Peter to Cornelius and friends, Acts 10:38-43 NASB)

And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” (Acts 17:2-3 NASB)

So he [Paul] was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. . . . So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
(Paul on Mars Hill in Athens, Acts 17:17,22-31 NASB)

Do You Get the Point?

Zealots of many varied philosophies and beliefs have tried to use the sword to enforce their religious or philosophical belief systems. But throughout the ages this sword approach has always failed. The persuasive pen has always worked better. “The pen is mightier than the sword” has proved true throughout history.

Luke’s “pen work” has endured for two millenia, leading countless men and women to faith in Christ and instructing countless disciples.

Peter tried to defend Jesus with a sword. Luke presented and defended the claims of Jesus with his pen. Truly, Luke’s pen is mightier than Peter’s sword!

Questions to Ponder

1. When you encounter Jesus’ present-day detractors, do you tend to strike out in a combative way? How can you prepare to respond “with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 2:25)
2. When you feel attacked, how will you use godly words to respond instead of aggression or retaliation?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the ninth post in the series on Apologists in the Bible. An apologist is one who gives a logical argument in defense of faith in God.
Read the prequels:
1. Elijah Does Apologetics
2. Peter Does Apologetics
3. Paul Does Apologetics
4. John Does Apologetics
5. Jesus Does Apologetics
6. Job Gets a Dose of Apologetics
7. Matthew Does Apologetics with a Sword
8. David Does Apologetics with a Sling

Read the sequel:
10. ??? Does Apologetics (coming soon . . .)

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Wednesday January 15, 2020 A.D.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASB)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 8, 2020

24. Famous Thinkers – Computer Scientist Is a Creationist

(4 Minute Read plus video)

What MIT professor said this?

I once thought I was too smart to believe in God. Now I know I was an arrogant fool who snubbed the greatest Mind in the cosmos — the Author of all science, mathematics, art, and everything else there is to know. Today I walk humbly, having received the most undeserved grace. I walk with joy, alongside the most amazing Companion anyone could ask for, filled with desire to keep learning and exploring.

Who is she?

This professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded a new branch of computer science called Affective Computing. The MIT Affective Computing Research Group, which she founded and directs, develops wearable computer technology for use by those with challenges from illness, injury, or congenital disability.

Her affective computing inventions have applications in autism, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, sleep, stress, dementia, autonomic nervous system disorders, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction. One item is a smart watch that helps caregivers save epileptic patients. Other products detect stress in people who struggle with expressing emotion like those with autism.

This professor said,

But I know there is a God of unfathomable greatness and love who freely enters into relationship with all who confess their sins and call upon His name.

Who is she?

This professor has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers and book chapters. She was once an atheist who scorned creationists and eagerly debated them. But she now believes in the God of the Bible.

Dr. Rosalind Picard

Who is she?

This MIT professor is Rosalind Picard. ​​Read about her journey from atheism to faith in her own words here:
MIT Professor Meets the Author of All Knowledge

In this short 3-minute video testimony,
How I found meaning beyond success,
Picard says,
“. . . all of this worldly success pales completely in comparison to the greatest thing in my life, knowing and being known by the One who made it all, the One from whom every good thing comes, the One who knows what the world truly needs to be saved, the One who knows and loves every single person on our planet, you and me included, whether or not we behave in a lovable way, whether we respond with love in return, or whether we spit in return. . . . But an even greater delight [than my research work], the deepest I have ever experienced, is in knowing and being known by the ultimate source of all knowledge, power, mercy, strength, and goodness.”

Rosalind Picard believes in the Great Creator. In the video below she says, “God created people to be a great variety.” (at 58:38ff)

She is one of a growing number of scientists who are skeptical of the theory of Darwinian evolution. Picard signed the Scientific Dissent From Darwinism petition and explained her position in this statement.

Here is a video of Picard’s talk, Saving Technology: Is it our only hope? It was given at Georgia Tech in February 2016. The lecture and subsequent Q & A is 85 minutes. In the first portion of the video she speaks about her development of affective computer technology to help people with problems like epilepsy and autism. About the 42-minute mark she transitions to the Q & A session where she talks some about her faith and how it impacts her work.


 

Therefore…

We could use more scientists with the integrity, insight, and intellectual honesty of Rosalind Picard — a scientist with active faith in the Creator and one whose brilliant research daily serves the needs of hurting people. Picard has not been duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today — whereby man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!

Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created. This was the conviction and argument of
Paul the Apostle (Romans 1:18-23),
President Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin,
Sir Isaac Newton,
John Calvin,
Dr. Werner von Braun,
George Washington Carver,
Johann Kepler,
Blaise Pascal,
Robert Boyle,
Dr. Raymond Damadian,
President Herbert Hoover,
Billy Sunday,
William Jennings Bryan,
and innumerable other leading thinkers throughout history. These men believed in a Creator and Intelligent Designer. None would have been fooled by the evolutionism that hoodwinks so many today. Throughout history the vast majority of mankind has known that there must be a Creator.

Rosalind Picard believes in the Creator and boldly proclaims her faith in God. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this eminent scientist — one whose achievements far exceed those of most today.

Questions to Ponder

1. What opportunity awaits you this week to follow Jesus in practical service to the hurting and distressed?
2. What opportunity awaits you to speak up and honor the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 24th installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men and women who believed in the Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design
4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
6. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation
7. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation 2
8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist
9. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist
10. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist 2
11. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 1
12. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 2
13. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 3
14. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 4
15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist
16. Famous Thinkers – President Is a Creationist
17. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 1
18. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 2
19. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 3
20. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 4
21. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 1
22. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 2
23. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 3

Read the sequel:
25. Famous Thinkers – ??? Is a Creationist coming soon…

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Wednesday January 8, 2020 A.D.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 1, 2020

Best of 2019

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Best of 2019

Did the Bible-Science Guy Blog inform you, challenge you, and perhaps even spur you to action in 2019? I hope and pray that it did.

I published 52 weekly blog posts this year. Click Bible-Science Guy 2019 Posts for a list of clickable links to the 2019 posts.

Here are some statistical highlights for the blog for 2019. Below the stats, don’t miss the recap of the Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2019.

Blog Stats for 2019

In 2019, 75,334 readers from 197 countries viewed the Bible-Science Guy Blog 121,399 times. Followers of the blog numbered 1,055 at year’s end.

The Top Ten countries in descending order of total views in 2019 were United States (77,218 views), United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Singapore, Nigeria, Malaysia (874 views).

Sunday was the most popular day of the week to read the blog in 2019 with 16% of the blog views occurring on that day. This means viewership is probably fairly evenly spread throughout the week, since an equal distribution of views throughout the week would have 14.3% per day of the week. January was the busiest month of 2019 with 8,480 visitors and 13,093 views.

Click 2019 Bible-Science Guy Articles for a list of the 52 new articles posted on the Bible-Science Guy Blog in 2019. Additionally, 14 blog articles from 2008 were migrated from a defunct previous host to BibleScienceGuy.wordpress.com. The 52 new articles for 2019 averaged 1,230 words each, about a 4-minute read.

The Bible-Science Guy Blog started in October 2007. Click Why Do I Write the Bible-Science Guy Blog? to learn why I write the blog. It now comprises 704 posts, 87 newspaper articles, and 10 tab pages for a total of 801 items. During 2019, 508 of these 801 items were viewed at least 10 times each, and 781 items were viewed at least once. Over the life of the blog, 408,002 visitors have viewed the blog 710,496 times, as of the end of 2019.

The ten articles with the most views during 2019 were all published in prior years. Of the 140 articles with 100 or more views during 2019, only 13 were published in 2019. This illustrates the enduring relevance of the Bible-Science Guy blog articles. New posts were also received by email by over 850 weekly subscribers, but reading the articles in email is not tallied in the statistics for views.

Here are the 10 articles that had the most views during 2019, listed with original publication dates.

How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 14,177 views.
Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth (Nov 23, 2016) – 7,000 views.
How Many Children Did Adam Have? (Apr 6, 2016) – 4,554 views.
Tower of Babel – What Did It Look Like? (Mar 20, 2013) – 3,407 views.
Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 3,218 views.
Could Noah Fill the Earth? (May 28, 2014) – 2,641 views.
Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden? (Jan 13, 2016) – 2,436 views.
Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics (Apr 26, 2017) – 2,302 views.
Tower of Babel – When? (Apr 3, 2013) – 2,255 views.
Tower of Babel – How Many Languages? (Apr 24, 2013) – 2,210 views.

 

The Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2019

Apollo 8 Crew
Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell

Below are my choices for the 12 Best Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts from 2019, listed in order of publication date. I chose the posts I liked best — the ones I found most interesting, most important, or best written. Other factors that influenced selection included the number of reader views, likes, and comments.

Little Idea, Epic Result (Jan 9)
Fifty years ago a spur of the moment, seemingly inconsequential suggestion by Christine Layton — walking by her husband as he crumpled sheet after sheet of paper with discarded ideas — turned out to have epic consequences when the Apollo 8 astronauts testified of the Great Creator as they orbited the moon on Christmas Eve.

Elijah on Mt. Carmel

Elijah Does Apologetics (Jan 23)
Elijah practiced aggressive apologetics as he applied logic to evidence. Fundamentally, his debate issue was, Is There A Creator God or Not? It’s the same issue still argued today. What can we learn from Elijah’s approach?
This is the first of a series of blog posts (8 so far) on Apologists in the Bible including Peter, Paul, John, Jesus, Job, Matthew, and David.

On Thinking (Feb 27)
It’s time to think about thinking, because there is a widespread lack of good thinking today. Nowadays education does not teach people how to think. Instead, for the most part, educators seek to inculcate their own opinions of what to think. The whole political correctness movement is about thinking along socially and politically mandated lines of thought. Critical thinking that disagrees is simply emotionally scorned and rarely opposed with reasons.

Global Warming in the Bible (Mar 13)
Today’s global warming and climate change alarmist scares are not a sure thing. Weather continually changes. Some centuries of earth history have been warmer than today; others have been colder. But Scripture speaks of an intense global warming that will occur in the future. This article is the conclusion of a series of seven articles on Global Warming. Preceding articles in this series covered Climate Facts, Benefits and Repercussions, and Analysis.

Jonah, Jesus, & the Resurrection (Apr 17)
Outside of Genesis, the book of Jonah is the most scorned and ridiculed account of the entire Old Testament. Did Jonah’s adventure of being thrown into a raging sea, swallowed by a great fish, and regurgitated onto land three days and nights later actually occur? Yes, it did, because Jesus affirmed the literal truth of Jonah and used it to explain a proof of His own identity. This is the concluding post of a series on Jonah. The prequels were
Ravenous Fish Gulps Jonah and Jonah & Nineveh.

Kepler

I’m Running for President!

Kepler for President (Jul 10)
Our Jack Russell terrier Kepler made a huge announcement. He’s running for President of the United States! He outlined his qualifications along with his Latin campaign theme Alere Flammam Veritatis meaning Nourish the Flame of Truth or Let the Flame of Truth Shine. He laid out his campaign platform in
Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1 and
Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2.
Kepler wrote five blog posts this year about his adventures. Click Kepler’s Blogs for a list of his articles.

Judging a Chief Justice (Aug 14)
Did Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Vinson realize that by saying, “There are no absolutes,” he was making an absolute statement? Didn’t he realize that “All concepts are relative” is an absolute statement delineating a non-relative concept? How is it possible for a judge to decide right from wrong if he believes there are no absolutes? If there are no absolutes, then nothing can be judged as wrong or right. Morality and absolutes are not a matter of personal opinion — whether it’s the opinion of the Chief Justice, the opinion of the President, or the opinion of any private citizen. Absolutes are set by the Great Creator. We defy them to our own peril.

Unclean Lips (Sep 25)
Isaiah’s “unclean lips” generation was not unusual. We have the same difficulty with clean speech today. The words of one’s mouth reflect the inner person. “Unclean lips” indicate an “unclean heart.” But there is a cure for “unclean lips.” And there is a catchy mnemonic rhyme to help you remember the situation when Isaiah delivered his famous and distinctive outcry.

Bible-Science Starter Library (Oct 16)
These 15 books are rich brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading them will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with questioning believers, unbelieving friends, or any truth seekers.

Phillip Johnson Put Darwin on Trial (Nov 13)
Prof. Phillip E. Johnson (1940-2019), called “our age’s clearest thinker on evolution” and the “principal lay critic of Darwinism,” looked at the evidence for evolution from a lawyer’s perspective — identifying assumptions, analyzing arguments, evaluating evidence, and seeking proof. Johnson focused on this fundamental issue: Is life the result of random natural processes or the result of purpose and design? This post includes pithy Phillip Johnson quotes and a Phillip Johnson video on Intelligent Design. This was the most-viewed article of all the 2019 blog posts.

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek &
2019 Tournament of Champions
winner James Holzhauer

Jeopardy, James, & Jennings (Nov 20)
A famous statesman who died a century ago said something about the authority of Scripture only days before he died. It was broadcast worldwide to millions by radio and telegraph. Almost 100 years later, it was heard again by millions of people this year. It will echo to millions more via popular recordings of a pivotal Jeopardy! question answered by legendary champion James Holzhauer.

Tragedy, Rescue, & Thanks (Nov 27)
In early morning hours of September 8, 1860, the steamship Lady Elgin sank in the stormy and frigid waters of Lake Michigan. A young hero saved 17, but over 300 passengers and crew died. How many of those saved expressed their gratitude? Thankfulness is a crucial aspect of Biblical faith. Failure to give thanks leads to darkening of the heart and separation from God.

Here is an appropriate Rebus puzzle for today. Can you figure out the phrase that this puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which is your favorite of all the 2019 Bible-Science Guy Articles? Why?
(It does not have to be one from this Best of 2019 list.)
2. Which do you think is the best article to share with unbelievers to stimulate their consideration of Jesus of Nazareth?
3. Which do you think is the best article to share with believers to spur them to honor, worship, and glorify the Great Creator?
4. What topics would you like to see addressed in 2020?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Rebus Puzzle Answer:
[Ring inn the n+hoo y+ear]
Ring in the New Year.
(Click Rebus puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

For Christ and His Kingdom.

Peruse the other Best of Bible-Science Guy lists:
Top Ten Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts 2007-2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014
Best of 2015
Best of 2016
Best of 2017
Best of 2018

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Wednesday January 1, 2020 A.D.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 25, 2019

Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

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Miracle in Bethlehem” is the name of the 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that I worked this month, pictured below. Created by artist Liz Goodrick-Dillon and manufactured by Cobble Hill, it is a large puzzle measuring 26.625″ x 19.25″. Click the picture to enlarge it and see details.

Miracle In Bethlehem

It is a beautiful picture; we particularly admire the lighting by lanterns and the jewel-tone colors.

But the scene portrayed never actually occurred in history.

Since the birth of Jesus certainly happened, what could I mean by that statement?

Study the pictured scene. Do you see what is wrong with this picture? Read on to find out.

The puzzle picture is a manger scene in a stable shortly after the birth of Jesus. Mary holds the Baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. The rustic manger in the left foreground is made from short poles lashed together with rawhide. Joseph, her betrothed husband, looks on over Mary’s shoulder, as an angel hovers nearby. A young shepherd boy holding a lamb watches from just outside the stable enclosure which holds a reclining cow, donkey, and sheep.

A prominent star, suggestive of the star the magi saw in the east, shines brightly over the town of Bethlehem visible in the background. Featured in the puzzle picture are three magi offering gifts which the Apostle Matthew says are gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). One of the magi’s camels is visible behind them.

Have you figured out what is wrong with the picture? It is this. Everything about this scene is plausible except for the magi (wise men) and the angel who was probably not visible.

Luke reports that Mary laid the newborn Jesus “in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
(Luke 2:1-7)

Thus it is likely that Mary and Joseph were camping out in some sort of lodging for animals like a stable or barn with animals nearby, although Luke does not identify their specific accommodation. Apparently Joseph overlooked going online to reserve a room at the Bethlehem Inn before leaving from Nazareth.

It is certain that the magi were NOT at the manger. Matthew reports the magi arrived in Jerusalem “after Jesus was born” (Matthew 2:1). He says the magi entered the house and saw Jesus as a young child in Bethlehem. Jesus was not an infant in a manger when the magi visited to worship Him.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:11 KJV)

Since Herod slew all the little boys from two years old and under in and around Bethlehem based on the time the star appeared (Matthew 2:7,16), Jesus was probably between 1 and 2 years old when the magi visited and worshiped Him in a house in Bethlehem — long after He had left the manger behind.

It was the very day Jesus was born that the angel of the Lord suddenly made a spectacular announcement to shepherds:
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12)

Suddenly a vast multitude of the heavenly host joined the angel and proclaimed to the shepherds, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)

Thus instead of wise men, a Biblically accurate manger scene should feature a group of shepherds worshiping the newborn King — the magi were not there.
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. (Luke 2:15-16)

This jigsaw puzzle manger scene is a composite picture of things that really happened — although not at the same time and not even at the manger.

Although many manger scenes include both the Star and the Magi with the shepherds, the magi were not present at the birth site as the shepherds were (Luke 2:10-16). In our nativity scenes at home, we make it a teaching opportunity by placing the wise men figures separately from the manger as they undertake their long trek from the east seeking the new King of the Jews.

Thus Mary and Joseph probably did not see the magi’s star the night Jesus was born, but they likely did see it over Bethlehem a year or so later when the magi visited their house to worship Jesus.

Despite my criticism of the picture as historically inaccurate, I applaud a beautiful jigsaw puzzle highlighting the birth of Jesus. It is an important event that is still celebrated worldwide 2,000 years after it occurred.

Who were the magi who saw “His star” and came to worship the King of the Jews? What was the Star of Bethlehem? Read The Magi and The Star for suggestions.

To clarify in your mind the order of nativity events and how the gospel accounts fit together chronologically, read the Record of Christmas, a harmonization of Scripture passages on the birth of Jesus. The 2019 Christmas Quiz is a fun game to help learn this.

Meaning of Christmas

Why is what the shepherds and magi saw 2,000 years ago important? Why do we still celebrate it every year two millenia later?

The answer is that Christmas commemorates the birth of the Great Creator Himself who was born to save mankind from sin and eternal death. The Great Creator, the One who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them in six days (Exodus 20:11) including you, me, and all mankind, is the One who was miraculously born of a young virgin girl in Bethlehem.

Why in the world would He do such an mind-boggling thing? He came to earth via the virgin Mary’s womb for the explicit purpose of redeeming man as the perfect representative of the human race. He lived a sin-free life and died on a Roman cross as a sacrifice for sin. As a result, anyone who places their faith in Him receives eternal life. (Read the Good News of Christmas.)

This God-man, Jesus of Nazareth, is the One whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. He alone is worthy of devotion, obedience, and worship.

Christmas Blessings to all the readers of the Bible-Science Guy Blog!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did the multitude of angels announce the Messiah’s birth to shepherds instead of to dignitaries like King Herod and Jewish leaders in Jerusalem? (Luke 2:8-17)
2. What happened to the magi’s gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This blog article is the third in an intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
Read the prequels:
1. Jigsaw Murder Mystery (with video)
2. Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits

Read the sequel:
4. Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

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Wednesday December 25, 2019 A.D.

You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:5-6)

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