Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 13, 2018

Science in the Bible – Father Adam

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Are humans actually made out of dirt? Who could believe that?

Mud-man Adam

Researchers have learned that the human body contains 60 different chemical elements from the periodic table. Today we know that at least 29 of these (and maybe more) are necessary for healthy life.

Over 98% of the mass of the human body, on average, is made up of six elements: oxygen (65%), carbon (18.5%), hydrogen (9.5%), nitrogen (3.2%), calcium (1.5%), and phosphorus (1%). About 0.85% of the mass of the human body is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. All these 11 elements plus at least another 18 trace elements are necessary for healthy life.

All these elements of the human body are found in the earth. Should this be surprising?

No, not at all.

Genesis records that God, the Great Creator, personally created the first man from dirt and breathed life into the human form He had fashioned in His own image.
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
“By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19, Yahweh speaking to Adam after he sinned)

From mud to man by God’s own hand,
Adam was the first clay animation.

God aptly named the first man Adam, meaning “earth.”

From mud to man by God’s own hand, Adam was the first clay animation.

Since Adam was created out of dirt, we would expect the chemical elements of his body to be found in the earth, just as today’s researchers have found to be true.

Adam’s Intellect

How intelligent was the first man?

Evolutionists claim humans evolved from ape-like creatures over millions of years. Early men were supposedly wandering hunters — primitive, grunting savages. The Bible debunks this false idea.

No animals were made in God’s image. Among animals no helper was found for Adam. Therefore Adam must have been profoundly different from animals. Adam did not evolve from ape-like creatures. Scripture makes a vivid distinction between man and the rest of creation which God commanded man to rule.

Human traits are often explained on the basis of evolution’s imagined hunter forebears. But not till after the Flood did God give permission to hunt and kill for food — more than 1600 years after Creation. The “oldest profession” is farming, contrary to a popular misconception. Adam and his first two sons were farmers, not hunters.

Far from being an inarticulate brute, the first man demonstrated stunning mental prowess by naming the animals on Day 6 all by himself — Eve had not yet been created. Some consider this blatant Biblical error, since they assume the task is impossible to do in a day. But Adam only named “cattle, birds of the sky, and beasts of the field” that God brought to him (Genesis 2:19-20). No fish, insects, or amphibians were named, and he only named kinds, not today’s numerous species descended from original kinds. So Adam probably named fewer than a thousand creatures — certainly a daunting task, but easily doable for Adam in no more than half a day.

Could you make up hundreds of new words in a single day to name animals? Adam demonstrated highly developed intellectual and linguistic skills from the very beginning.

Adam Named the Animals

Adam Named the Animals

Consider innovative thinkers like Aristotle, mathematical geniuses like Newton and Gauss, musical prodigies like Mozart, artists like Michelangelo. Every gene for all these amazing talents came from Adam. Adam and his early descendants likely displayed far greater capabilities. The historical record in Genesis reveals men who rapidly developed agriculture, metallurgy, and musical instruments as they built advanced civilizations. They constructed cities, ships, and skyscrapers.

How would Leonardo da Vinci look next to Adam? One of the most gifted men of the last millennium, this artist, inventor, and engineer would seem a retarded imbecile compared to Adam. After six sin-ravaged millennia of degeneration, it is impossible to imagine how superlative Adam was before the cumulative damages of sin and genetic defects.

Who was the smartest man who ever lived? Probably the mud-man, Farmer Adam.

After Eden Methuselah New Year

Adam’s Lifespan

How long did Adam live? Did he really live for almost 1,000 years?

Genesis reports that Adam lived for 930 years (Genesis 5:3-5), to within about a century of Noah’s birth. How is this possible?

Before Noah’s Flood, the young earth was a very different place. It is impossible to imagine now what the environment was like then. For example, “waters above the expanse” (Genesis 1:7) may have significantly blocked cosmic radiation, a major contributor to senescence. Nobody knows how God modified human biochemistry to gradually shorten life spans when executing the judgment of death for sin.

Early in human history, long life spans let men accumulate individual knowledge for centuries. The snowballing result helped jump-start civilization.

Men yearn for a “fountain of youth” to extend life. But with long life spans, wickedness tends to dominate goodness. For a documented historical example, consider the sin-soaked pre-Flood world when Noah alone was righteous. Evil had almost stamped out righteousness, and probably would have succeeded apart from the intervening judgment of God. Thus it is not necessarily better for men to live longer. The shorter life spans God eventually imposed do limit the cumulative effects of sin.

Genesis genealogies give 900-year ages for antediluvian patriarchs. These records show that Adam to Abraham covered about 2,000 years. Abraham to Christ was about 2,000 years. Adding 2,000 years from Christ to the present totals about 6,000 years since creation. If you cannot trust the Bible for simple historical information like ages, how can you trust it for reliable information about the far more complex issue of rescue from sin and death?

Why Did Adam Die?

Sin entered the world through Adam. The human race fell when Adam sinned, not Eve. Because the first Adam sinned, he and all his offspring needed the last Adam, Jesus Christ.
For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Adam’s sin produced death. Christ’s obedience conquered death and produced life.

Theistic evolutionists argue that death was part of God’s method of developing creation. But then how could death be the consequence of Adam’s sin? Furthermore, why did the last Adam have to die? If, as evolutionists say, death was not caused by sin, then resolving the sin problem will not affect death. But Scripture links death to sin (By one man sin entered the world and death through sin. Romans 5:12) and teaches that Christ’s death and resurrection atoned for sin, conquering death. Evolutionism assaults the central message of Scripture.

Man is the crown of creation (Psalm 8:5-6). Adam was the first human, the first husband, the first father. That Adam succumbed to sin. The last Adam conquered sin.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified to the formation of the first man Adam out of earth. Today we know that the chemical elements of the human body come from the earth.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this and like those covered in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. This Sunday June 17 is Father’s Day. Who can you encourage for exemplifying Scripture’s leadership model for godly husbands and fathers (Ephesians 5:23-6:4)?
2. Try to think up 10 new words to appropriately rename these 10 common animals: dog, cat, cow, sheep, rabbit, squirrel, duck, horse, elephant, eagle. How difficult did you find it? What appreciation does this task give you for Adam’s intellect?
3. Why do most people think man today is smarter than early man? Is it connected to the evolutionary mindset under which most people live?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 32nd article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will mostly focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis
25. Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?
26. Science in the Bible – Eating Pigs
27. Science in the Bible – First Aid
28. Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma
29. Science in the Bible – The Beginning
30. Science in the Bible – The End
31. Science in the Bible – Mother Eve

Read the sequel:
33. Science in the Bible – ??? coming soon…

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 6, 2018

Were You There?

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Have you ever faced a test where you knew none of the answers to the test questions? Have you also been challenged to “be a man” and answer?

This happened to a righteous man named Job some 4,000 years ago. His experience of extreme suffering and his final exam is recorded in a book of the Old Testament named after him.

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”

(Job 38:1-4)

Is the Old Testament book of Job really about the issue of why good people suffer, as so many think? I don’t think so.

If it’s not about why people suffer, what is its point?

Job, a righteous man, endured enormous suffering throughout the book, but God never answered the “Why?” question.

Why did Job suffer so?

Job’s friends thought his suffering was a result of his own sin. They were wrong.

Job insisted his suffering was not caused by his sin. He was right.

Then why did Job suffer so severely?

The book of Job is actually about faith in an omniscient, sovereign God despite horrible circumstances. God used suffering as a tool to teach Job to trust in the Only Sovereign God no matter what. The suffering of Job was for the glory of God and for the instruction of Job along with countless readers through the ages.

When God finally addresses Job, He floors him with a series of 80 mind-blowing questions about His awesome work of creation, questions which are humanly unanswerable.

The Great Creator plied Job with questions about geology, oceanography, astronomy, biology, and climatology. Job couldn’t answer a single one, and they are still unanswerable today.

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Among the complexities of creation which God cited to humble Job were questions about two terrifying dinosaurs, Behemoth (Job 40:15-24) and Leviathan (Job 41:1-34).

Behemoth was a huge beast, with a tail like a cedar tree, bones like bronze, and limbs like bars of iron. Leviathan was a fire-breathing dinosaur, the king of God’s creation, and probably the source of the legends of fire-breathing dragons of antiquity.

These passages indicate that dinosaurs and man lived on earth at the same time. There is actually no doubt that dinosaurs and man did live simultaneously since Genesis 1 declares that both were created on Day Six.

God’s questions to Job highlight the awesomeness of all of creation — heavens, earth, and creatures — all of which He created and controls. His purpose is to demonstrate to Job that His surpassing greatness, wisdom, and power are far beyond comprehension (Job 40:7-14). Job is not to question his lot from God, for by doing so he is questioning God’s judgments (Job 40:8). He can only “entrust his soul to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.” (1 Peter 4:19)

Look at the very first two questions God asked Job!
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2)
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4)
They are remarkably instructive in our day of worldview conflicts and confusion.

God starts by essentially asking Job, “Who is confusing people with false teachings and philosophies?” (Job 38:2)

The answer to that question in our day is this: it is anyone who offers “answers to life” which are not based on Scripture. The secret to not being deceived by any of today’s false worldviews is to relentlessly measure everything by the Bible. Constantly ask yourself, “Is that Biblical?” Cleave to what is true; reject what is false.

God’s second question to Job is particularly relevant in today’s struggle against the evolutionary worldview.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4)
Job has no answer of course, for he was not there. The silence emphasizes God’s point powerfully. The thrust of the question is, “Were you there?”

When people spin stories about origins or the ancient past, target the central issue by asking, “How do you know? Were you there?” Insist that the “story” be either solidly grounded or acknowledged as speculation.

If we are asked this question when we are speaking about Creation or the Flood, the answer is, “No, I was not there, but I have the eyewitness testimony of Someone Who was there and Who knows everything. Isn’t that better than the ungrounded speculations of fallible men who were not there and who do not know everything?”

“Is that Biblical?”
“How do you know?”
“Were you there?”

These are the questions that haunt the thoughts and conversations of a 24×7 Biblical Christian, in essence the same questions that God asked Job. They are the questions that help us stay focused with a Biblical worldview in a day full of foolishness and confusion.

Questions to Ponder

1. What do you tell yourself about God’s nature when you are dealing with heartache, suffering, or great loss?
2. Are you ready to be a faith-filled encourager when a friend meets deep trials? How will you prepare to be one today?
3. Suppose a specimen of the dinosaur Behemoth were discovered still living today in some remote jungle. Would this cause more people to put confidence in Scripture? Why or why not?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 30, 2018

Fool or Sage?

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Futile Thankfulness

What do you think is the fundamental problem of our time?
Is it immorality? Racism? Greed? Poverty? Socialism? Failure to evangelize? Godless politicians?

I am convinced that the root problem underlying all others is the deliberate refusal to acknowledge God the Creator.

This is not an original idea. I learned it from the Apostle Paul. He makes precisely this argument in Romans 1:18-32. Paul includes a staggering catalog of sins and degradations which he says are the result of consciously refusing to honor God.

This Scripture passage (Romans 1:18-32) teaches that God has clearly revealed Himself to man through creation so that His power and divinity are plainly evident to everyone. As a result, no one anywhere has any excuse.

But men rebel against the Great Creator by deliberately suppressing the truth, by refusing to honor God, and by refusing to give Him thanks. As a result their thinking becomes confused and invalid. Typically such men see themselves as wise, but actually they are fools according to the Bible:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1).

Examples of fools who profess to be wise are legion. Look on any college campus, look in politics, look at celebrities, look at news personalities. Those who have rejected the Great Creator have rejected true reality. They have no option left but that of the Fool. The end result is that God focuses His wrath on such men who thus suppress the truth.

Each of us has the choice to become either a Fool or a Sage. The Biblical description of a fool is someone who has said there is no God, while the Biblical characterization of a wise man is one who fears God:
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)

Our nation faces many problems: abortion, homosexuality, pornography, breakdown of marriage and the family, and all the resulting social consequences. Fighting such evils is important; that’s what 2 Corinthians 10:5 is about (see Biblical Thinking). But more crucial is addressing the root cause underlying all these problems — the denial of God the Creator by each individual heart.

Logically, since God is the One who created everything, He is therefore the Owner and Ruler of the universe. God made the rules. When we rebel against Him and violate the rules He established, we reap the natural consequences.

What about those of us who do acknowledge God the Creator and desire to honor Him? Consider this verse:
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. (Romans 1:21)
We frequently fall short on the “give thanks” part and instead fuss or complain. Scripture instructs, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) By thanking God in every circumstance, pleasant or painful, we actively “entrust our souls to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19)

The beginning of the solution to every problem that our culture faces is to return to God the Creator in humble gratitude. Honoring the Great Creator and giving Him thanks will lead a person to become a Sage rather than a Fool.

Questions to Ponder

1. To honor the Great Creator as God, for what challenging situation will you give thanks right now?
2. What practical step can you take today to nudge your corner of society to honor the Great Creator?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 23, 2018

Kepler Meets Skunk

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Kepler — after endless scrubbings

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.
I have quite a story to tell.

Kepler’s Adventure

It happened just after midnight!

I was sound asleep on the sofa when the shwoosh of the glass door sliding open awakened me. Missus was taking my buddy Henry out on a leash to do his business before putting him to bed. Henry is a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago.

I leaped from the sofa and charged through the narrow aperture before Missus could stop me. I knew this was wrong — I’m supposed to sit at the open door and wait till Master or Missus says I can go out. But I smelled things outside that needed immediate attention.

I thought, “I’ll obey next time. Missus will forgive me. . . . Master might not, but he’s upstairs. Maybe he won’t find out.”

So I’m free outside without a tether racing around in the dark. I smell mallard ducks, Canada geese, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs, and raccoons. I also smell the presence of a new animal.

Turned out, this new smell was from an animal about which Master had warned me. We have coyotes in our town, and they occasionally feast on small dogs. We read about it in the local paper.

Master wants Henry and me to run back to the door if we smell a coyote. Will I do that? Probably not.

Because I can beat a coyote. I know it! I have watched them in our neighborhood and woods, and I know I’m faster and quicker. My brother Finn successfully hunts huge wild boars in Poland, so I can surely take down a mere coyote before it can eat me. I will tear out its throat first. Master will be so proud and impressed. But this new smell was not from a coyote.

In our area, we have furry raccoon-sized black mammals that patrol our neighborhood starting a little after 10 pm. Most people recognize such animals by white stripes down their backs, but ours are mostly black with only a small blaze or two of white. The new smell belonged to one of them.

Master has warned me to keep my distance from these creatures, but I don’t listen very well to warnings. Master says in that way I’m like Adam who ignored the Great Creator‘s warning about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden some 6,000 years ago (Genesis 2:16-17).

The new animal was lumbering along the woods line behind our yard. I thought, “A brazen intruder! I will catch it and kill it!”

I raced silently toward the slow-moving black shape. As I was about to pounce and clamp my jaws on its furry neck, Mr. Skunk raised his tail and shot out a sticky, stringy liquid all over my chest. It had an astonishing smell.

I turned and ran. I did not want him to shoot out more sticky goop and clog up my nose and eyes. “I will get the horrid beast next time,” I thought. I ran toward Missus who was on the patio calling me; she grabbed me as I tried to scoot by to pounce on a rabbit hiding in the shrubs by the house.

Missus took me inside, and Master saw bright neon-yellow goo all over my neck, shoulder, and chest.

It was the first time Master and Missus had ever seen or smelled fresh skunk spray. It smelled completely different from the typical, recognizable skunk smell. It was a strong, acrid chemical smell. Missus thought I had gotten into chemicals in someone’s garage like fuel, solvents, paint, or something. Eventually they realized I had been skunked.

Scrubbing Kepler

Missus mixed a quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Then she scrubbed me with it in the laundry room sink . . . and scrubbed and rinsed and scrubbed and rinsed and scrubbed and rinsed. I could not believe how much and how long she scrubbed me. It was like she had gone insane over scrubbing!

She explained to me that this mixture oxidizes and neutralizes the odor-producing sulfur compounds (called thiols) produced by skunks. I thought, “But the smells are interesting. Why neutralize them?”

Then Missus bubbled on, telling me far more than I cared to know about the genesis of her de-skunking treatment. She said the mixture was developed by Illinois chemist Paul Krebaum who devised a method of removing smelly thiols from his lab by chemically changing them. The key was to oxidize the thiols. Mixing hydrogen peroxide with sodium bicarbonate produces oxygen which bonds with the thiols and neutralizes them. The detergent action of the liquid soap breaks up the oils in the skunk spray, releasing them from the fur, so that they are more accessible to be oxidized.
(See Lab method deodorizes a skunk-afflicted pet, Chemical and Engineering News, October 18, 1993, p. 90.)

Kepler, Cleanest Dog in the Country

I kept emitting a pattern of loud triple-sniff-snorts. It took several scrubbings that night even to get the viscous residue off my fur. Then again the next morning I had to have additional thorough treatments with the anti-skunk potion because I was still stinky.

Missus wanted to let the foamy mixture soak, but I am a Jack Russell terrier. We JRTs do not remain in one place very long for anything, much less a chilly wet laundry sink. But I really tried to be good, because Master and Missus wanted to let it soak as long as possible.

Except for the sticky gooeyness of the spray, I did not at all mind the experience, because my Amazing Nose that the Great Creator gave me appreciates all kinds of smells. As time wore on, the original odor gradually changed into many different smells. I actually enjoyed the variety of smells.

It was funny how Master and Missus didn’t appreciate the new smells like I did. Humans are very sensitive to the sulfur compounds (thiols) in skunk spray. They can smell them at extremely low concentrations (10 parts per billion), and they don’t like them at all. But I never object to smells; I don’t have psychological associations to smells like humans do.

After I brought this new perfume into the house, Missus had to take a lot of clothes out to spread in the sun . . . everything she was wearing when she caught me and washed me, along with some clean clothes that were hanging in the laundry room when I anointed the atmosphere with evidence of my skunk-attacking bravery. I saw her wash them all, adding to each load baking soda plus X-O Odor Neutralizer (a chemical available at Walmart).

Great Horned Owl

Conversation with Henry

My buddy Henry missed the whole episode, because when I escaped, Missus put him in his crate, and he went to sleep. We talked about it the next day.

Henry: “Why do you smell so different, Kepler?”
Kepler: “I got sprayed by a skunk.”
Henry: “What is a skunk?”
Kepler: “It’s a black raccoon-sized animal that roams our yard at night. If you get too close, it will spray you with sticky yellow goo with a powerful strong smell. Humans hate the smell, and it’s very difficult to get off my fur.”
Henry: “Oh, yeah, I remember Master warning us about that. Why didn’t you listen to Master and stay far away from the skunk?”
Kepler: “The Great Creator designed me to hunt and kill varmints. I couldn’t help myself.”
Henry: “How do we get rid of the skunks? Do they have any natural predators?”
Kepler:Great horned owls are skunks’ only natural predators. Sometimes the skunks they carry off to eat are three times the weight of the owl.”
Henry: “Don’t the skunks spray the owl?”
Kepler: “Great horned owls have a very poor sense of smell, so the skunk spray doesn’t bother them. Great horned owl nests often smell strongly of skunk. One researcher found the remains of 57 different skunks in a single great horned owl nest.”
Henry: “Wow! We need to get some great horned owls in our neighborhood to eat the skunks.”
Kepler: “Be careful for what you wish, Henry. An owl that can carry off a skunk can carry off you. Even though you are fast, you can’t outrun a great horned owl. It can fly at more than 40 mph.”
Henry: “Well, I will dash inside when I hear it coming.”
Kepler: “I don’t think so, Henry. The stiff feathering the Great Creator gave owl wings enables owls to fly nearly noiselessly. You would never know the owl was coming until its talons gripped your back and you were soaring back to its nest, paws flailing. Since you have been well-fed, you would be a very tasty meal.”
Henry: “Wow, Kepler, it’s dangerous outside! We have to watch out for coyotes, skunks, owls, and no telling what else. What should we do?”
Kepler: “Well, Master would say we should obey our master and should trust the Great Creator. I need to do that more myself.”

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What wise warnings have you ignored in your lifetime to your detriment?
2. What Bible passages use the idea of a foul smell (stink or stench) to indicate something abhorrent?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 32nd 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 9-30 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

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

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday May 23, 2018 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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 16, 2018

Biblical Thinking

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Would you be embarrassed for a friend to read through a list of your thoughts for today? What would he think of you?

When someone snubs or insults you, are your first thoughts pleasing to Christ?

When someone cuts you off in traffic, do you think as Christ would?

When a pretty girl or handsome fellow crosses your vision, is Christ honored by your thoughts?

Are you hesitant to speak out against prevailing unbiblical thought paradigms like evolutionism? Do you fear the scorn of men? Are you like the Jews who refused to confess Jesus because “they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God” (John 12:42-43)?

The Apostle Paul wrote this about his thinking processes:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

This Biblical pericope from the Apostle Paul identifies two key aspects of Biblical Thinking. These two aspects are what I call Confrontational Thinking and Subordinate Thinking.

Confrontational Thinking

First, the Apostle Paul urges believers to actively oppose and destroy the dominant thought patterns of our culture, thought patterns which deny the truth of God and oppose His work. Our culture is full of Satan’s lies, and the Apostle Paul commands us to be God’s agents in demolishing them.

Are you active in confronting and destroying the persistent anti-Biblical thinking that bombards our world today? Examples of man’s prideful speculation in opposition to God’s revealed truth include the theory of evolution, rampant divorce and remarriage, the increasing acceptance and promotion of homosexuality, abortion, the widespread focus on wealth and pleasure, the obsession with looks and youth, and the pervasive attempts to remove God from all aspects of society.

Everyone cannot be involved in actively opposing everything unbiblical, but everyone should be involved in opposing something, with the result that the church body should be active throughout the community in demolishing the unbiblical thought paradigms which direct so many Americans. Our active opposition should include the use of our intellect, the use of our tongue, the use of our time, and the use of our money.

The Apostle Paul described some unbiblical thought paradigms as “lofty,” suggesting that they are widely supported and highly esteemed by men. Beware the esteem of men. Jesus said, “That which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” (Luke 16:15)

Courageous Christians are needed to stand in opposition, boldly proclaiming logical truth with clarity, gentleness, and respect regardless of men’s scorn. This is no time for hesitancy or timidity.

Subordinate Thinking

Second, the Apostle Paul challenges us to take every thought captive to Christ. Even our most private thoughts are subject to the Lordship of Christ. What if we had to submit each of our thoughts to Christ daily for His review? Would He be pleased? As a matter of fact, He actually does know every single one of our thoughts (Psalm 139:2).

Thinking Biblically begins with disciplining the mind so that each and every thought honors and glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. If Jesus is your Lord, is your thinking submitted to His authority? Is your thinking aligned with His thinking?

If you refuse to submit your thinking to God and honor the Great Creator, your thinking will degenerate into futility and foolishness (Romans 1:21-22).

Biblical Thinking

Subordinate Thinking is logically prior to Confrontational Thinking. Our thinking needs to be aligned with the Great Creator before we confront, in kindness and truth (Proverbs 3:3), false, anti-god thinking.

How do I learn to think Biblically?
– By reading the Bible and aligning my thinking with what it says.
– By discussions with friends, mutually applying Biblical principles to issues. Scripture says that as “iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

Biblical thinking begins where the Bible begins — with God as the Creator of the universe. It includes the knowledge that the good world God created has been broken and cursed as a result of man’s sin of rejecting God. It identifies the solution to the sin problem: Christ’s death on the cross by which man can be reconciled to God. Then man is in a position to once again glorify and enjoy God as he was originally created to do. Eventually the Creator will restore the entire creation. This is the Biblical worldview which is the only true worldview. One cannot make sense of this worldview apart from understanding God as Creator.

By the authority of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, I urge all disciples of Jesus Christ to continually discipline our thoughts to honor Christ Jesus, to consistently think Biblically, and to actively deconstruct ungodly paradigms. This is what it means to have and to live a Biblical worldview. This is what it means to be a 24×7 Christian.

Questions to Ponder

1. Where do you need to practice Subordinate Thinking?
2. Where do you need to practice Confrontational Thinking?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday May 16, 2018 A.D.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 9, 2018

Science in the Bible – Mother Eve

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Eve was the first wife and mother, and Scripture bases foundational teaching about marriage on her. Referencing her life and marriage, Yahweh prescribed normative patterns for all her daughters.

Why Was Eve Created?

Eve was created to be Adam’s companion, helper, and lover. She was created for marriage. Adam named her Eve (“life”) because she was the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20).

Eve was equivalent to Adam in nature and being because she was made out of Adam’s flesh and bone. But in role or function she was subordinate to Adam. Adam was created first, and Eve was created second for Adam. This order and purpose of creation is the basis for Paul’s hierarchical placement of woman under man (1 Corinthians 11:3,7-12).

The Adam and Eve marriage set the pattern and standard for all marriages. On it Jesus based His instruction about the permanence of marriage (Matthew 19:3-6). Paul’s commands for husbands to love and cherish their wives and for wives to respect and obey their husbands are grounded on his reference to Adam and Eve’s marriage (Ephesians 5:31).

Marriage was the first God-ordained social institution and is the most fundamental one. Nations are built on communities which are built on families which are built on marriages.

Why are marriage bonds so important? When marriages fail, everything else eventually disintegrates. A nation cannot be strong without strong marriages. This is one reason why divorce is so harmful and so detestable in God’s sight (Malachi 2:16). Divorce destroys individuals, families, churches, communities, and ultimately nations.

How Was Eve Created?

Did Eve really come from Adam’s rib? Some claim that since men and women have the same number of ribs, this cannot be true.

But removing a rib does not change the genetic blueprint passed to progeny. The Great Creator took a rib from Adam to make Eve, but their children had the normal twelve on each side.

Scripture says the Great Creator put Adam to sleep, extracted a rib, closed him up, and fashioned a woman for Adam from the rib. Adam called her Woman because she was taken out of man. (Genesis 2:18-24)

When Was Eve Created?

According to Scripture, Eve was created in the beginning on Creation Day 6 about 6,000 years ago.

Scientific work on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) supports this. Inherited only from the mother, mtDNA is found outside the cell nucleus in mitochondria organelles, the power plants of cells. Nuclear DNA is inherited from both parents.

All mtDNA today comes from a single female which scientists have nicknamed Eve. This does not constitute proof of a single female ancestor, but only that now no female lines exist except Eve’s. This is consistent with the Biblical record, but evolutionary theory does not predict it.

Using evolutionary assumptions to estimate the mtDNA mutation rate (rate at which copying mistakes occur), scientists once conjectured this ancestral Eve lived 200,000 years ago. Later empirical studies of real world data showed much higher mtDNA mutation rates with correspondingly younger ages for Eve. A 1998 review of the data in the prestigious journal Science says Eve would be only 6,000 years old based on these re-calibrated mtDNA mutation rates. This is again consistent with Scripture but contrary to evolutionary predictions. (See Gibbons, A. “Calibrating the Mitochondrial Clock”. Science 279(5347):28–29, January 2, 1998.)

Thus scientific research supports Biblical teaching that there was a first woman (Eve) about 6,000 years ago. The single original woman suggested by the mitochondrial DNA data is almost certainly the real Eve, wife of Adam.

Was there was a first woman (Eve)
about 6,000 years ago?
Scientific research supports
this clear Biblical truth.

How Was Eve Deceived?

Eve knew God’s command, given to Adam before she was created. The serpent deceived Eve by first questioning God’s command and then denying it. But Adam sinned knowingly; he was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14). The entire human race fell when Adam sinned, not when Eve disobeyed. (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

Because Satan deceived Eve (but not Adam) and because Adam was created first, Paul forbids women to teach men or to have authority over men in the church. Possibly women by created nature are more vulnerable to spiritual deception (1 Timothy 2:11-14; 3:15). Scripture instructs them to teach women and children (Titus 2:3-5; Proverbs 1:8).

It is vital to heed Paul’s warning not to let our minds be led astray the way Eve was deceived by Satan (2 Corinthians 11:3). Many allow their minds to be corrupted exactly as Eve did through questioning and denying God’s Word. Today many doubt or deny the reliability and authority of Genesis. Believing in evolution instead of Biblical creation is denying Genesis. Since Genesis is the foundation for Scripture, doubting Genesis logically calls into question the entire Bible.

How can you avoid being deceived like Eve? Study, believe, and obey Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.

When Did Eve Sin?

Scripture does not say how long after Creation the Fall occurred. I suspect it happened soon — probably within a week and certainly within a month.

Jesus may have hinted the Fall occurred near the beginning when He described Satan as “a liar, and the father of lies” and as “a murderer from the beginning.” (John 8:44) The serpent’s lie to Eve resulted in death to Adam and Eve and all their descendants, certainly qualifying him as the liar and murderer Jesus says he was “from the beginning.

Adam was 130 at Seth’s birth following Cain’s murder of Abel. The population was fairly large because Cain worried about people killing him as he wandered the earth. Since no children were born before the Fall, this forces the Fall to be close to Creation in order to produce a significant population from multiple generations in at most 130 years.

Eve’s first child Cain was conceived after expulsion from Eden (Genesis 3:22-4:1). Before the Fall, the human reproductive system would be working perfectly, and Adam and Eve would be in complete harmony and in obedience to their Creator. God had commanded them to be fruitful and multiply.

So why didn’t Eve conceive in Eden? They must not have stayed long enough to complete a reproductive cycle. Provided the cycle was the same length before the Fall, they were probably expelled from Eden within a month after Creation.

Eve was the first wife and mother, created to be Adam’s companion and helper and to bear his children. Referencing her life and marriage, God prescribed normative patterns for all her daughters.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified to a single female (Eve) who was the mother of all the living by the first man Adam (Genesis 3:20). Only within the last few decades have scientists discovered mitochondrial DNA evidence consistent with this Biblical truth.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this and those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. This Sunday May 13 is Mother’s Day. Who can you encourage for upholding Scripture’s pattern for godly wives and mothers?
2. How would you counsel a woman who resents the Great Creator’s prescription to respect and submit to her husband?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 31st article in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will mostly focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery
23. Science in the Bible – Dinosaurs
24. Science in the Bible – Biogenesis
25. Science in the Bible – Pigs with Wings?
26. Science in the Bible – Eating Pigs
27. Science in the Bible – First Aid
28. Science in the Bible – Chicken & Egg Dilemma
29. Science in the Bible – The Beginning
30. Science in the Bible – The End

Read the sequel:
32. Science in the Bible – Father Adam

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Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 2, 2018

Do You Think Like an Evolutionist?

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We swim in an ocean of evolutionary thought. Sometimes we barely keep our heads above the surging waves. The evolutionary mindset has infected everyone, even Christians, and has profoundly corrupted our thinkingfrom logic to morals.

Here are 10 common expressions that will help you see if you Think Like an Evolutionist (TLE). They will help you see if you have the TLE virus and will indicate how deeply entrenched the TLE virus is in your soul.

Check yourself on the following expressions of evolutionary thinking. They illustrate the pervasive evolutionism that subtly infiltrates believers’ minds.

1. “The Bible is not a science textbook.”
If you agree with this statement, then you may have the TLE virus. The statement is false when it is used to claim that the Bible does not contain scientific truth and that it should not be applied to judge scientific theories. (See the Science in the Bible series of blog posts.) Although the Bible provides no detailed technical explanations or mathematical formulas, it certainly contains truths which are essential for interpreting scientific data accurately and evaluating scientific explanations properly.

2. “Scientists are unbiased, objective researchers. All those experts endorsing evolution must be right.”
This is TLE propaganda! “Unbiased” researchers do not exist. Research professor of biology Richard Lewontin of Harvard University explicitly admitted the bias for materialism (naturalism) that he and most scientists have:

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism. . . . Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”
(Richard Lewontin, quoted in Lita Cosner, Evolutionists Say the Oddest Things, Creation Book Publishers, 2015, p 4.)

All scientists and all non-scientists have deeply-held beliefs which determine how they see the world and what they conclude from the evidence. The issue is not whether you are biased — everyone is biased — but whether you are biased with the RIGHT bias. Some biases are right; some are wrong. Consequently, a majority position is often wrong because it originates from a wrong worldview (bias). The objective standard for evaluating a worldview (bias) is the Creator’s Word.

3. “The present is the key to the past.”
This evolutionist mantra is backwards! The TLE virus is rampant. Instead, the past is the key to the present, and the key to the past is the reliable historical record of Genesis. Mountains and valleys were shaped rapidly at Creation and by the Flood — not slowly by geological processes acting in the past the same way they act in the present.

Ten questions to determine whether
you think like an evolutionist.

4. “The Grand Canyon is 600 million years old.”
When you hear this claim, do you
(A) Marvel at how old the Grand Canyon is;
(B) Feel impressed with scientific expertise in calculating ages;
(C) Wonder, “How do they know that?”;
(D) Exclaim, “Nonsense! It’s only 4500 years old.”
Answer:
(C) is good. Cautious evaluation trumps uncritical acceptance of scientific claims.
(D) is best. It demonstrates Biblically-informed critical analysis.
(A) and (B) reflect evolutionist thinking infected by the TLE virus. Scriptural inoculation against the TLE virus is needed.

5. “Mother Nature.”
This is bogus TLE terminology. The Great Creator controls all natural processes, weather included. If you refer to “Mother Nature” or “Mother Earth” in your speech, then you have the TLE virus.

6. “Who first discovered dinosaurs? When?”
Adam first discovered dinosaurs 6,000 years ago. If your answer was different, then you have the TLE virus.

7. “Whatever.”
Imagine Adam saying “Whatever” when the Great Creator commanded, “From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall NOT eat.”

Nor was Jesus a “whatever” man. He told a lawyer, “You have answered CORRECTLY.” (Luke 10:25-28) Jesus embraced absolutes; He knew truth matters.

“Whatever” proclaims tolerance for any idea, any choice, any consequence. It shrugs with cavalier indifference to even the existence of truth. This verbal weed could never have proliferated apart from the evolutionary mindset that rejects absolutes. If you cringe when someone speaks up for truth, your thinking is infected with the TLE virus.

Evolutionism is the ultimate “whatever” philosophy, since it is random and has no foundation in absolutes. Creationism is built on the True Word of the Great Creator. Nevertheless, if you must use “whatever,” use it Biblically: “Whatever is true…whatever is right…” (Philippians 4:8).

8. “Homosexuality is a personal matter. It doesn’t hurt anyone.”
If you agree, then you have the TLE virus. Legitimizing homosexuality is at root a denial of God’s creation order — one man and one woman inseparably joined for life. No matter how private, sin is never purely personal. It always has widespread repercussions.

9. “Everybody makes mistakes. Just divorce and move on.”
If you casually accept divorce because “times change; this is a modern world,” then you have the TLE virus. When Jesus was asked about divorce, He cited the origin of marriage at creation, concluding, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-6) Rejection of Jesus’ creationist answer has resulted in the tragic divorce epidemic.

10. “The appendix is a useless vestigial organ.”
If you believe this, you have the TLE virus. Once assumed to be an obsolete relic of evolution, the organ’s very name reflects its presumed auxiliary status.

The appendix is actually a highly specialized organ with important embryological, immunological, and bacteriological functions. The appendix serves as a storehouse of good bacteria. This reservoir repopulates the intestines after illness or antibiotics kill off beneficial intestinal bacteria.

Evolutionists once incorrectly believed the centimeter-long vomeronasal organ in the nose was vestigial. We now know that it detects odorless pheromones which affect feelings and mating behavior. It is wired directly to the hypothalamus, which controls emotions and drives.

Human anatomy books in the 1890s and early 1900s listed 180 supposed vestigial organs and structures — simply because the purposes were unknown. Today the list is empty.

Creationists know that God designed everything for a purpose, independent of whether man discovers the purpose. There are no vestigial organs. If you think otherwise, you have the TLE virus.

Antidote for the TLE Virus

In 1951, the famous British philosopher C. S. Lewis suggested evolution was “the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives.” This scholar was identifying the TLE virus that infects almost everyone’s thinking.
(Numbers, Ronald L. The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design. Harvard University Press. 2006. p 175.)

Jesus warned His disciples, “See to it that no one misleads you.” (Matthew 24:4) He repeatedly told them, Watch out and beware of the leaven (teaching) of the Pharisees” (Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Mark 8:15; Luke 12:1).

Would Jesus warn us today about the “leaven (teaching) of the evolutionists” which so corrupts believers’ thinking, from logic to morals? Watch out and beware of the TLE virus!

How does one cure the TLE virus? The antidote for the TLE virus is frequent mind-washing with Scripture (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:26). Believe the Bible, not proclamations that contradict clear Biblical teaching.

Questions to Ponder

1. What other expressions do you commonly hear that indicate a TLE virus infection?
2. What time each day will you schedule mind-washing with Scripture to inoculate yourself against the TLE virus?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday May 2, 2018 A.D.

See to it that no one misleads you.” – Jesus (Matthew 24:4)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | April 25, 2018

What Does Jesus Think of Science?

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Last week I considered the question,
Was Jesus an Evolutionist?
Based on the words and deeds of Jesus Himself, I showed that He was a pure Creationist. He was not an Evolutionist of any type at all.

So what does Jesus think of Science?

Influence of Science

Presidents and governors consult scientists. Legislators seek scientific opinion. Courts solicit scientific testimony. Reporters parrot scientists’ views — even on moral or philosophical issues, which are outside the realm of science. Society has ceded authority to Science.

Christians must evaluate Science by Jesus Christ — the Ruler by Whom everything must be measured. What does Jesus think of science?

Science and Scientism

Science literally means “knowledge.” Science is the search for truth about nature. Scientists study existing processes and formulate theories describing nature’s operation based on observable evidence and repeatable experiments. Scientific knowledge consists of provable and reproducible results about how the universe works. Technology is the application of this knowledge to implement man’s discoveries.

Science is often confused with Scientism. Scientism is the belief that science is the arbiter of truth. Scientism is based not on science but on the assumption that nothing exists outside the natural realm. This philosophy, Naturalism, asserts that everything is material in origin. It spawns an evolutionary belief system about unrepeatable events of the distant past.

Scientists often play bait-and-switch with Science and Scientism, claiming for Scientism the reputation and authority earned by true science. Many promote evolution as “scientific knowledge” when evolution is actually only wild philosophical speculation about the unobservable past that is masquerading as science. They exert scientific authority to force agreement with Scientism’s unproven philosophical beliefs.

But Science cannot pronounce Naturalism true or false. That issue is outside the realm of science because it cannot be evaluated experimentally in the lab. It can only be answered philosophically. Does human experience make better sense with a Creator-based philosophy or with Naturalism? Which model better explains conscience and moral law, joy and sorrow, love and humor, purpose and design in the universe?

Jesus Loves Science

Jesus knows more science than all Nobel Prize winners combined. With delight He skillfully created the universe that scientists labor to understand.
For by Him all things were created, both in heaven and on earth. (Colossians 1:16)

From a cell’s intricate molecular machinery to the large-scale structure of the universe with trillions of stars organized into clusters of galaxies — everything shouts design. From micro to macro, researchers find information-rich structures, detailed designs, and ever increasing levels of complexity. Where did this all come from?

True science points researchers to God:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1)

In every field of study, the marvels of the universe raise the question, “Who made this?”

Is rigorous scientific research compatible with belief in God? Certainly. King Solomon was a great scientist (Ecclesiastes 1:13,16). It was not science that turned his heart from God. God expects man to pursue science.

Great are the works of the LORD. They are studied by all who delight in them. . . . He has made His wonders to be remembered. (Psalm 111:2,4)
“Thinking God’s thoughts after Him” is how German astronomer Johann Kepler (1571–1630) described his own work.

Thousands of eminent scientists have acknowledged God the Creator including Leonardo da Vinci, Francis Bacon, Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Galileo, Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Leibnitz, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Mendel, Pasteur, Lord Kelvin, Lister, James Maxwell, Bernhard Riemann, Sir Henry Rawlinson, William Ramsay, George Washington Carver, Henry Morris, Raymond Damadian, Francis Collins.

NASA Director Werner von Braun (1912-1977) wrote:
“The vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator. I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind . . . the universe, as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.”

Jesus Himself was no slouch mentally. At twelve He astonished the intellectual elite of Israel. Jesus was a master logician, incisive thinker, and unequaled debater. His discourses in the Gospel of John are packed with carefully reasoned logical arguments. In intellectual debate He always dominated. Numerous times scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees tried to trap Him verbally with no success.

The Gospels provide compelling evidence of His mental mastery:
All His opponents were being humiliated. (Luke 13:17).
The Pharisees could make no reply. (Luke 14:6)
They were unable to catch Him. . . . Marveling at His answer, they became silent. (Luke 20:26)
He put the Sadducees to silence. (Matthew 22:34)
No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question. (Matthew 22:46)
They did not have courage to question Him any longer about anything. (Luke 20:40. See also Mark 12:34; Luke 20:39)

In the Old Testament, Yahweh frequently pointed to Creation to establish His identity and reputation. He asked scientific questions like this one:
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, marked off the heavens by the span, calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales?” (Isaiah 40:12)
God’s grilling of Job included many scientific questions still unanswered (Job 38-42).

Jesus Himself was a keen observer of nature — a vital scientific trait. He drew striking illustrations from nature. To allay clothing anxiety (still common today), He observed that if God arrayed transient lilies more gloriously than Solomon, then He will clothe us. (Matthew 6:28-30)

Jesus Hates Scientism

Would Jesus Christ the Creator endorse the dominant naturalistic philosophy of Scientism — which presupposes no god and imposes a naturalistic system to explain everything?

The Apostle Paul wrote, “If we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, let him be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8) Scientism, which preaches faith in Science as the determiner of truth, is contrary to the gospel of Christ.

Paul charged Timothy to avoid “the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge — which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith.” (1 Timothy 6:20-21) Scientism opposes the gospel and lures many to perdition. Genuine science accords with the true gospel of the Bible.

What Would Jesus Say?

Jesus said, “At the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said . . . the two shall become one flesh.” (Matthew 19:4-6) According to Jesus, God created mankind fully formed as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning. Jesus believed in creation, not evolution.

Today Jesus would undoubtedly tell scientists what He told lawyers: “Woe to you lawyers (scientists)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and you hindered those who were entering.” (Luke 11:52)

What is the “key of knowledge?”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 1:7; 2:6)
The key to true knowledge, wisdom, and understanding is fear of the Lord. Yet Science has tried to remove God and His Word from society by insisting on naturalistic explanations for everything.

By denying and distorting the plain meaning of Scripture and plain evidence from nature, scientists hinder people from entering the kingdom of God. People believe scientists’ evolutionary speculations which deny the truth of Genesis about origins. People then logically reason, “If Genesis is not trustworthy, why should the Bible be trusted at all?” For these deceptions, Jesus would condemn the deceivers.

Often, so-called “scientific knowledge” is
actually only wild philosophical speculation
masquerading as science.

Truth and Consequences

Having lost its fundamental moorings, Science is like a ship wallowing at sea, trying to anchor valid work to false philosophy. Today the philosophy underlying science is aggressively atheistic. Since Scientism dominates universities, atheistic students inevitably result.

Most of our early universities were founded to promote Christianity. For example, Harvard’s original motto, “Veritas pro Christo et ecclesia” (Truth for Christ and Church), still appears on their buildings.

Universities have abandoned their foundation by rejecting the One who is the Truth. To search for truth by scorning the One who is the Truth is absurd.

True wisdom will not reject the virgin-born, crucified, resurrected, and glorified Son of God who will return to judge every person. Only fools forsake the One “in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)

Scientific findings must be interpreted in light of Biblical truth. Perspectives that contradict clear Biblical teaching are wrong. When scientists make non-scientific pronouncements about billion-year evolutionary developments and insist that this sacred dogma cannot be challenged, then Scientism is a major source of error.

Can Science be recaptured for Christ? Christians must combat evolutionary scientism with Biblical truth, reclaiming the foundations of science for Christ. Destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God. Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2Corinthians 10:5)

The greatest convergence of science and religion in history was God taking on human DNA 2,000 years ago. That astounding historical event is the proper integration point for science and religion.

There is no conflict between Jesus and Science. He created both nature and the minds that strive to penetrate its mysteries. However, the conflict between Jesus and Scientism is irreconcilable.

Contend earnestly for the faith. (Jude 1:3)

Questions to Ponder

1. What can you do to resist the pressure to accept the dictates of science outside the proper realm of science?
2. What question can you prepare to ask when someone claims the authority of science for a non-scientific claim?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Was Jesus an Evolutionist?

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Wednesday April 25, 2018 A.D.

If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” – Jesus (John 3:12)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | April 18, 2018

Was Jesus an Evolutionist?

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Some of the simplest and yet deepest mysteries of life are questions about origins. Some questions are obvious enough to occur to a child and yet profound enough to absorb the greatest thinkers. How did the earth and the stars come into being? Where did mankind come from?

Modern science answers, “Evolution.” Some people attempt to harmonize the Bible with this answer through variations of evolution such as theistic evolution, the gap theory, and the day-age theory. Could any of these be valid? To clinch the issue, look at what Jesus thought.

Was Jesus an Evolutionist?

Did Jesus view Genesis as authentic history or as figurative fables? Did He interpret Genesis literally, or did He view it symbolically? Did Jesus believe in any variation of evolution? Looking at Jesus’ own words and deeds will clearly answer the question, “Was Jesus an Evolutionist?”

Jesus referred to Genesis at least 25 times, and He based vital teaching on Genesis. During a dispute with the Jews over His equality with God the Father (John 5:18), Jesus concluded His case by equating believing His own words with believing Moses’ written record, a record which includes Genesis:
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:45-47).

Jesus anchored His claims to deity on the validity of Moses’ record. Indisputably, Jesus regarded Genesis as true history, and He expected His hearers to do so as well.

Jesus Christ upheld Genesis as absolutely true,
historically accurate, and divinely authoritative.
Time after time He based His teaching on
the foundation of Genesis.

For another example of Jesus’ view of Genesis, notice what He said when questioned about marriage and divorce. Jesus grounded His answer for this heavy issue directly on historical data from Genesis:
“Have you not read, that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5)

Jesus’ subsequent teaching on marriage presupposed the historical validity of this Genesis reference. If the Genesis foundation were invalid, then the teaching He built on it would be worthless. Jesus quoted the Creator’s original instructions to Adam as the reason for His own teaching on the permanence of marriage:
“Consequently they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)

The Lord’s use of the words “consequently” and “therefore” signal that He was deriving His conclusion straight from His Genesis quotation of the Creator. His conclusion is only as good as His premise from Genesis.

Jesus’ teaching on marriage also makes it clear that He was NOT an evolutionist. According to Jesus, God created mankind fully formed as man and woman ready for marriage at the Beginning, NOT after billions of years of evolution following the Beginning.
But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. (Mark 10:6)

Evolution contradicts the Genesis record of how God created life and established its orderly continuation through reproduction. Ten times Genesis 1 emphasizes “after their kind.”

Jesus Himself recognized reproduction only within kinds when He said, “Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?” (Matthew 7:16) The logical argument Jesus was making (on identifying false teachers by their fruit) disintegrates unless reproduction of life is only according to kind; otherwise grapes might come from thorn bushes! Jesus obviously did NOT believe in the evolution of one kind of life into another.

Jesus’ view of Genesis can also be seen in the writings of His disciples. At His instruction they passed along His teaching in the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These men recognized the historical veracity and foundational nature of Genesis, for they referred to Genesis over 200 times. They identified Jesus as the Creator, not the Evolver (John 1:3; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2).

Luke traced Jesus’ genealogy back to Adam using the Genesis genealogies (Luke 3:23-38). Clearly each ancestor all the way back to Adam had to be historical, for otherwise their descendants, including Jesus, would not exist. Paul also identified Adam as the first man (1 Corinthians 15:45). Peter referred to Creation and Noah’s Flood as historical events (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:4-6). The New Testament authors were simply reflecting the teaching of Jesus.

In full view of countless friends and enemies, Jesus vividly demonstrated His identity as Creator through many miracles of instantaneous creation. He turned water into wine (John 2:1-11). He created enormous quantities of bread and fish to feed multitudes twice (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-38). He raised the dead (Luke 7:22; John 11:1-45). Most healings involved instantaneous creation of new flesh or bone.

Jesus Christ upheld Genesis as absolutely true, historically accurate, and divinely authoritative. Time after time He based His teaching on the foundation of Genesis.

Those who claim Jesus as Lord must accept His view as their view. Think like Jesus! As Jesus said to Nicodemus (John 3:12), if one cannot accept Jesus’ witness to a literally true Genesis, how can one accept anything else He taught? Was Jesus an Evolutionist? NO! Jesus was a Creationist!

Questions to Ponder

1. Some Christians claim the Creator God made use of evolution. Is this because Jesus’ teaching on Genesis creation is unclear?
2. If Jesus is your Lord, is your thinking submitted to His authority? Is your thinking aligned with His thinking? What area will you re-commit to Him today?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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What Does Jesus Think of Science?

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Wednesday April 18, 2018 A.D.

Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” – Jesus (John 5:45-47)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | April 11, 2018

Kepler’s Dating Profile

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Kepler
My dating profile picture

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

I think it’s time for me to be a father.

I want puppies of my own. My brother Finn is in Poland having the time of his life hunting and siring litters as fast as he can. I have more nephews and nieces than I can count — about 100 from a little over 20 Finn litters — but I want my own children.

Master tells me I can never be a father — why, I don’t know — but I want to try anyway. So I need to find a sweet girl doggy.

I started looking in the campgrounds we visit, because lots of campers have dogs. I met so many dogs, but none of the girl dogs wanted to be a mother for my puppies. Jersey, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel who was especially cute, said that while making puppies is great fun, birthing and raising them is not. She declined.

After too much fruitless searching, I decided to talk over the problem with Master. Somehow he found someone to bear all his children (seven at last count), so I thought that he might give me useful counsel. Therefore I asked Master how he found Missus.

Master said that as a young man he didn’t expect to ever get married. He didn’t think he would ever find a woman who loved God, loved the Bible, and displayed a gentle, quiet, and teachable spirit. But when he didn’t expect it, the Great Creator brought her to him. He didn’t do any looking at all. The Great Creator brought Missus to him just as He did with their first parents six millenia earlier when He brought Eve to Adam.

So Master said he couldn’t give me any advice on finding a mother for my puppies. He suggested I ask Henry.

Henry is a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago. He’s twice my age and is more experienced in the ways of the world than I. So I decided to talk over the problem with my buddy Henry:
Kepler: “I need to find a wife, Henry, but it’s not easy to find love. What should I do?”
Henry: “Why do you want a wife, Kepler? Don’t Master and Missus give us everything we need?”
Kepler: “Well, they give us food and exercise and a nice place to live.”
Henry: “And they take us on lots of trips and to places to smell things. And they let us chase squirrels and chipmunks. Some of our friends aren’t allowed to do that, you know.”
Kepler: “But they haven’t gotten a girl doggy for us yet. Did you know that they almost got a female German Shorthair Pointer puppy last summer? I was so excited. Missus wanted it real bad, but sadly Master’s common sense prevailed. He said we didn’t have room for another dog, especially not a big one.”
Henry: “Wow, I did not know that, Kepler. How do you know?”
Kepler: “I have great ears, and I listen to Master and Missus talking. I find out lots of things that way. Anyway, how can I find a girl doggy willing to mother my puppies?”
Henry: “Well, some people use online dating services to find spouses. You have to fill out a dating profile in order for girl doggies to find you. Why don’t you try DoggyMatch.com or K9Match.com and see if you get any nibbles?”

Some of my nephews and nieces
Two of Finn’s latest litters, age 9 weeks
Photo by breeder Magdalena Darlak in Poland

I thought Henry’s idea was great. So I completed a dating profile.

Kepler’s Dating Profile

Here’s the survey I completed for my doggy dating profile. Everybody, please share it with your favorite girl doggy and let me know of any interest in the comment section below.

Profile Userid – SquirrelKiller
Name – Kepler
(Prof. Johann Kepler is my full name)
Age – 4
Gender – Stud
Relationship status – Single but eager
Children – None yet
Color – White
Body art – Brown fur markings enhance my appeal
Where you live – House and Camper
Where you were born – Whelping box
Ethnicity – Parson Jack Russell terrier
Weight – 15 lbs
Height – 13 inches at my shoulder
Astrological Sign – If this is important to you, then you’re not for me.
Religion – Biblical Christianity
Education – Sit, Lie Down, Stay, etc.
Languages – Canine, English
Personality – Scintillating
What you do – Chase squirrels, Bark, Eat, Write blogs for Master
Income – None, but working on a bestseller book
Smoke? – Occasionally, when I get too close to Master’s campfire
Drink? What and when? – Water, whenever I’m thirsty
Physical appearance (from 1 ugly to 10 beautiful) – 12 (answering modestly)
Physique – Chiseled
Celebrity look-alike – Me
Mental acuity (from 1 dumb to 10 genius) – 15 (answering modestly)
Unique traits – I’m the only dog I know who can use a computer and write blog articles
Favorite foods – Kangaroo, Cow, Pig, Chicken, Table scraps
Favorite sport – Chasing rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks
Looking for? – A beautiful girl doggy to bear my puppies
4 words to describe you – Smart, Energetic, SuperCapable, Modest
Political affiliation – Right/Correct
How strongly do you agree/disagree with President Trump? – Completely
How strongly do you agree/disagree with Hillary Clinton? – Completely

After I completed my dating profile, I looked through the online catalog for girl doggy prospects. This dating profile picture of a dog named Nipper caught my attention right away.

Wow! Definitely beautiful! I showed it to Henry to see what he thought. I was surprised how insistent Henry was that pursuing Nipper was not a good idea.

Henry: “That’s a catfish, Kepler.”
Kepler: “Huh? How can a dog be a catfish? That doesn’t make any sense.”
Henry:Catfishing is the creation of a fake identity on a social network for dishonest purposes. That’s a picture of a long-dead famous dog. You don’t want to pursue that one. You’ll lose your skin, possibly quite literally. You have such beautiful fur that they might skin you and sell you as a stuffed animal.”

Missus says Henry is a very well-adjusted dog, so I guess I’ll listen to him this time. I’ll keep looking and keep my fur coat.

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What blessing has God brought to your life that you did not seek?
2. If your pets could understand your conversations, would they hear the Great Creator being honored and glorified?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 31st 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 9-30 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

Read the sequel:
32. Kepler Meets Skunk

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Wednesday April 11, 2018 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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