Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 18, 2018

An Outrageous Claim

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“There are many ways to God,” pontificated the cocky college student.

To his pleased astonishment, I agreed with him. But his delight was somewhat mitigated when I added, “But all ways to God lead through Jesus Christ.”

Near the end of his life, Jesus of Nazareth serenely made the most outrageous claim ever made by a human being. He said,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus did not simply claim to show the way or to teach the truth or to give life. As amazing as such claims would be, Jesus claimed much more. He claimed to BE The Way, to BE The Truth, and to BE The Life. This is a clear claim to full Deity, for these characteristics are true of God alone.

Either these claims are True, or these claims are False; there is no other possibility. If they are True, then Jesus is the God-Man. If they are False, which would be the most natural assumption to make, then it should be quite easy to demonstrate that they are False.

Would you have any trouble disproving these claims for any person you know? The very fact that no one has ever been able to submit a single piece of substantive evidence against these claims, much less prove the claims false, indicates how sound they are.

Positive evidence for the claims comes from a close study of the person of Jesus. The historical record of His life in the four gospels reveals a person who fits the “claims are True” position. The record does not fit a person who would make claims of this magnitude which are False. The inescapable conclusion is that Jesus’ claims are True.

“I am The Way” means that reconciliation with God and entrance to heaven is through Jesus alone. “No one comes to the Father, but through Me” means that salvation is only through Christ.

“I am The Truth” means that all truth claims are measured by the standard of Jesus Christ — by His words, character, and person. It is precisely because Jesus is The Truth that He is also the ultimate Judge of all (John 5:22).

“I am The Life” means that true life, eternal life, is found in the Person of Jesus Christ alone. He created life, and moment by moment He sustains the life of each creature (Colossians 1:16-17). Jesus is the source and giver of Eternal Life. Scripture proclaims that one who has Jesus Christ has eternal life, while conversely, one who is without Jesus Christ has no life (John 3:36; 1 John 5:12).

Christianity is exclusive in teaching that no one comes to God except by Jesus; salvation comes only through Christ:
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12).

There is no salvation in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Scientology, Spiritism, Judaism, Secular Humanism, American Patriotism, or any other religion. Except for Christianity, all religions are actually evil because they deny the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, and thereby lead men to eternal condemnation. Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Your relationship to Jesus Christ determines your eternal destiny.

Isn’t this intolerant? Isn’t this the height of arrogance? Absolutely NOT! It would be supreme arrogance for a Christian to defy his Lord and to contradict His Word by saying that there is a another way. What could be more arrogant than to contradict Christ? Acknowledging any other way would be intolerant of Jesus’ statement that He is the ONLY Way to God.

Which do you prefer, to be viewed as intolerant and arrogant by the world, or to be intolerant and arrogant toward Jesus? Christians have no choice but to boldly proclaim the universal necessity of faith in Christ for salvation, for this is precisely what Jesus Himself, their Lord, taught.

Jesus, the Lord of the universe, said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” As outrageous as such a statement may at first seem, it is true. Jesus is the only Way to God and Heaven. Jesus alone is the Definer and Arbiter of absolute Truth. Jesus is the sole Source and Sustainer of all Life.

This understanding is an essential component of a Biblical worldview because it goes right to the heart of where man came from, what his problem is, and how to solve the problem. There is NO other Way, NO other Truth, and NO other Life.

Questions to Ponder

1. How would you answer someone who accuses you of intolerance because you say Jesus is THE WAY?
2. How can you take action today based on the reality that Jesus is THE LIFE?

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 July 18, 2018 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 11, 2018

The Most Disobeyed Commandment

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Adam probably did not exclaim,
"Oh my God!"
when he stepped on thorns & thistles.

How many times yesterday did you exclaim, “Oh my God!”?

Were you calling upon the Creator for help when you spoke His name?

Were you respectfully addressing the Creator in reverent prayer by calling out “Oh my God!”?

When I hear people say “Oh my God,” I sometimes say something like this:

Where? I don’t see Him.
or
I’m not God; I’m Bill.
or
Are you starting to pray?
Should I bow my head?

This makes the point in a humorous way that God’s name should not be spoken lightly. Vain use of God’s name always jars me, yet I hear it far more often than “Please” or “Thank You.”

The Third Commandment in the Ten Commandments addresses this issue:
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)

“Oh my God!” has become one of the most common phrases in the English language. Today “Oh my God!” or “Jesus!” is spoken so frequently that even believers have become callous to its pervasive use.

The profane initials OMG have become an internet meme, a ubiquitous text acronym, even an acronym used by those who never text.

Perhaps you have become so accustomed to hearing such expressions that it hardly offends you. Perhaps you barely notice that God’s name has been spoken carelessly. Perhaps you even say it yourself. Have you considered what an affront it is to the Lord of the universe to use His name so cheaply?

A Biblical worldview includes an accurate view of the Creator, Sustainer, and Ruler of the universe. This understanding can only be obtained through God’s own self-revelation of Himself to man in the Bible. Part of what the Lord God tells us about Himself, some 30 times, is that His name is holy and is not to be misused.
And you shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel: I am the LORD who sanctifies you.” (Leviticus 22:32)

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15)

“When they came to the nations where they went, they profaned My holy name, because it was said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD; yet they have come out of His land.’ But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations where they went. Therefore, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. And I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.” (Ezekiel 36:20-23)

The Third Commandment instructs us not to profane God’s name. It is one of the Ten Commandments that the Great Creator Himself engraved on stone tablets. God personally gave the Ten Commandments directly to Moses 3500 years ago, and they are still in effect. They are commands, rules, orders, precepts given to man by his Creator. They are Ten Commandments, not Ten Guidelines. They are a Biblical summary of the moral law which reflects the character of the Creator Himself. He built this into the moral foundation of the universe.

The First Four commandments govern man’s behavior toward his Creator. The Last Six commandments govern man’s behavior toward others.

The Last Six are obviously highly esteemed by mankind since they form the basis of law in most societies. How much more fundamental are the commandments governing man’s relationship with his Creator!

This priority of the First Four over the Last Six is also evident in Jesus’ summary of the Law and the Prophets in His First and Second Commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus said His Commandment governing man’s relationship with God is first and foremost; His Commandment for relating to people is second.

Thus the Third Commandment is one of the most critically important of all the commandments in the Bible. Throughout the Old Testament God shows intense jealous concern for His holy name and repeatedly chastises Israel for profaning it (see Lev 22:32, Ezek 36:20-23 among many others). A Biblical worldview includes a proper understanding of and respect for the name of God. The name of the exalted and eternal Almighty One is holy (Isaiah 57:15; Luke 1:49).

Breaking the Third Commandment

In my opinion, the Third Commandment is broken by Christians more than any other commandment.

The Third Commandment is not one that should be taken lightly. It is the only one of the Ten that includes a direct threat of retribution for the violator. To those who use His name in vain, the Lord promises punishment; He “will not leave him unpunished” (NASB).

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name “in vain?” It means to use it flippantly, lightly, or casually. It means to use it as an exclamation, an expletive, or a swear word. It means to use it without the proper honor and respect and awe and fear due the Creator of the universe and the Savior of our souls.

Have you noticed how many different ways God’s name is used in vain?
Here are some typical examples:

When a fingernail is broken. When a heart is broken.
When a cup falls off the table. When a man falls off a bridge.
When a bill comes in the mail. When a check comes in the mail.
When someone takes off tight shoes. When someone cuts off a finger.
When something is beautiful. When something is hideous.

It is used in practically every situation, from the most mundane to the most extreme, with every imaginable tone and inflection. Often it is nothing more than an outburst of feeling: excitement, anger, surprise, or disappointment. Often it means practically nothing at all. Brothers and sisters, these things ought not to be (James 3:10).

Our calling is to declare with the psalmist, “O Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.” (Psalm 8:1) Those who worship the Holy Creator will shun the irreverent “OMG” which is simply a shortcut to toss God’s name around flippantly.

A New Habit

Has breaking the Third Commandment become a frequent habit? If so, I encourage you to correct it. The first step is to commit yourself to treat God’s name as holy and ask Him for help in doing so. He is more interested in this than you are, and He will aid you.

To extinguish a habit, one must substitute a different habit. Thus the second step is to create your own list of replacement phrases that sound natural to you. You’ll be amazed with the variety of ideas and emotions you’ll start to express when you’re not stuck in the rut of using God’s name to exclaim. Here are some possibilities to spur your thinking:

That’s astonishing!
Unbelievable!
This is devastating.
I’m absolutely thrilled!
Appalling!
Look at that!
This is ridiculous.
How dreadful.
What a relief!
What a shock!
That makes me sick.
What a blessing!
Beautiful!
Weird!
Tremendous!
Wow!
Whew!
Whoa!
Bizarre!

By the authority of the Great Creator‘s Third Commandment, I urge you to sensitize yourself to the way you use God’s holy name. I encourage you to identify the circumstances when you cheapen God’s name. I implore you to stand against America’s tidal wave of profanity and glorify God with your speech by treating His name as holy.

Scripture says that we shall give account for every careless word (Matthew 12:36). May we not have to account for idle use of the Judge’s own name! Holy and awesome is His name! (Psalm 111:9)

In view of the Great Creator‘s Third Commandment, I urge all of us to change the Most Disobeyed Commandment into the Most Obeyed Commandment. May we diligently strive to honor the Lord God with our tongue. This is vital for a 24×7 Christian.

Questions to Ponder

1. To avoid disrespecting God’s name, what word or phrase will you practice to have ready on your tongue?
2. What gentle and humble answer will you give when friends and family notice that you’re avoiding the universal profane catchphrase “OMG” ?
3. What other practical step will you take to elevate and revere God’s holy name?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the prequel:
The Most Neglected Commandment

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Wednesday July 11, 2018 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 4, 2018

The Most Neglected Commandment

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What is the most neglected command in the entire Bible?

In my opinion, the most neglected command is to love God with all your MIND! This command is frequently ignored, and yet it is extremely important. It is so vital that Jesus included it as part of His First and Greatest Commandment. Jesus commanded,
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

Why is loving God with the MIND important? It is so important because what one thinks determines what one is and what one does.
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7).

Jesus commanded us to love God with all our mind because He knew that we must do this to be healthy and whole. How and what we think is important. Thinking according to opposing worldviews yields radically different consequences.

For example, the worldview that man is autonomous has resulted in the deaths of millions of babies by abortion and traumatic damage to the souls of abortionists and to the souls of the women who abort their children.

Conversely, what is the outcome of the Biblical worldview that each human life has value because God created it in His image? This worldview has resulted in the establishment of hundreds of compassionate agencies to assist with problem pregnancies, the rescue of countless babies and mothers, the establishment of healing groups for women who have already had abortions, and joyful fulfillment for those who minister.

What Does It Mean? How Do I Do It?

What does Jesus’ command to love God with my mind mean? How do I love the Lord with my mind?

First, I love the Lord with my mind by thinking Biblically (see Biblical Thinking). Developing and owning a Biblical worldview is the first step.

Studying apologetics together on the
web makes the heart grow fonder

Second, I love the Lord with my mind through Biblical and theological studies. Is reading a theological tome fun? For most people, probably not. But over time the benefits are enormous, both mentally and spiritually (and physically, if you carry it around).

You don’t have to go to seminary to study and understand the Bible and theology. Supplement your Bible study with today’s readily available resources — conferences, books, audiobooks, podcasts, and videos. All of these can be found on the web, many for free. Start at whatever level would provide a challenge for your thinking. Keep your mind active and robust through loving the Lord with regular Biblical and theological study.

Third, I love the Lord with my mind by worshipping God with my mind. Most of us worship God through our emotions; this is proper and healthy, yet incomplete. In our day of “feel-good” Christianity, many of us narrow our focus to the heart alone, and we neglect loving God with our mind.

Full-orbed worship includes a mental component in which a person purposefully meditates on God, His Word, and His praiseworthiness. Deliberately focus on His attributes. Consciously call to mind His works — both those of the past recorded in Scripture and those of the present in your daily life. Praise and thank Him for all His works.
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
(Psalm 145:4-5).

Fourth, I love the Lord with my mind by continually “looking for God” throughout the day. One of the best arenas in which to love God with the mind is the world of daily work. I myself see God’s hand in the elegant structures and challenging problems of mathematics. A medical professional may praise God for the marvelous chemical factory He has created in the liver. A gardener may overflow with love for God as he admires the beauty and complexity of plants. A homemaker may lift her heart to God in gratitude for God’s design in marriage and the fulfillment of working alongside her heart’s love. A mother is enthralled with God’s gift of the miraculous young human being in her care.

All of us can love God with our minds in our professions while we “think God’s thoughts after Him,” as the astronomer Johann Kepler said. We can look for God’s hand of blessing and providence in our daily lives and explicitly praise Him as we recognize His activity.

In view of the First and Greatest Commandment spoken by Jesus, I urge all of us to change the Most Neglected Commandment into the Most Observed Commandment. May we diligently strive to love God with our whole mind. This is vital for a 24×7 Christian.

Questions to Ponder

1. What concrete way can you love God with your mind today, based on your own specialized interests or insights?
2. Where will you look online right now to absorb yourself for 15 minutes in some solid Biblical or theological education from internet resources?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the sequel:
The Most Disobeyed Commandment

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Wednesday July 4, 2018 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 27, 2018

Prehistoric? Bogus!

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Have you heard of prehistoric dinosaurs? Prehistoric man? Prehistoric geological events?

Such claims are totally bogus, all of it! There is no such thing as prehistoric anything!

“Prehistoric” means “before (recorded) history”. Written history, however, begins with the first verse of Genesis which documents the creation of the universe by God about 6,000 years ago.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Mankind possesses recorded history from the very beginning of time up to the present day. Genesis means “Beginning.” This book reports the origin of basic human institutions such as marriage, family, and government. It documents the initial development of nations, cultures, languages, and industry, and the dispersion of man across the earth. It records the greatest geological event of all time, Noah’s Flood, the evidence of which is still visible around the world today.

Genesis tells of the very first people who walked the earth, real people of flesh, bones, and blood who lived and died in the first few thousand years of history. Its record consists of specific persons with individual names, precise ages, children’s names, and life stories. The book begins with the first man, Adam, and continues in an unbroken line through Jacob’s grandsons over 2,000 years later.

Genesis is foundational history. Its purpose is three-fold:
1. To tell the origin of man and of the world in which he lives.
2. To identify the root cause of all of man’s problems and difficulties.
3. To point to the solution to the problem through the development of the Hebrew nation as a vehicle through which God would give His Word and the Messiah to the world.

Genesis is certainly the “Book of Beginnings.” It is the only reliable historical source that goes back to the beginning of time and tells us where our world came from and how we got here. Non-biblical worldviews offer only vague myths or speculations, but Genesis provides a definitive historical record of real people involved in actual events of great significance for all mankind.

The Biblical authors themselves recognized the historical veracity and the foundational nature of Genesis, for they quoted from it more than from any other book. There are over 200 references to Genesis in the New Testament alone. In fact, every one of the New Testament authors refers to the first eleven (pre-Abraham) chapters of Genesis.

The Lord Jesus, the Son of God, viewed Genesis as true history. Jesus referred to Genesis at least 25 times in the Gospels. For example, notice what He said when questioned about an issue which probably causes more heartache than any other across all cultures throughout history, namely marriage and divorce.

Jesus based His answer about marriage 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 reference to Genesis. If the Genesis base were invalid, then the teaching He built on it would be worthless. Jesus identified the Beginning as the time when the Creator made the first man and woman and joined them in marriage. Jesus quoted the Creator’s original instructions to Adam in Genesis 2 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) Notice the Lord’s use of the words “consequently” and “therefore,” signaling that He was deriving His conclusion from His Genesis quotation.

Once during a dispute with the Jews, Jesus concluded His argument by equating believing His words with believing Moses’ written record, a record which includes Genesis (John 5:45-47). Clearly, Jesus believed Genesis to be true history from the beginning, and He expected others to do so as well.

Biblical authors quote from Genesis
more than from any other book.

Genesis is not a fanciful story. It is literally true, a reliable historical document that provides a firm foundation for a Biblical worldview. Christ and the New Testament authors treated Genesis as absolutely true, historically accurate, and divinely authoritative as they based their teaching on this important foundation. If Genesis is false, then Christianity collapses, for all the major doctrines of the Christian faith are rooted in Genesis. The truths of Genesis are fundamental to the Christian faith.

The starting point for a Biblical worldview is the recognition that God is the Creator and that He began history in Genesis 1:1 with the creation out of nothing of the heavens and the earth. History begins with Genesis.

Questions to Ponder

1. If you could walk through a so-called natural history museum with the Lord Jesus Christ, what might He say about the displays labelled “Prehistoric Man” or “Prehistoric Dinosaurs” ?
2. How would it transform your own marriage if you took the one-flesh prescription of Genesis more seriously?

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 June 27, 2018 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 20, 2018

Science in the Bible – Adam’s Rib

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Did Adam’s wife Eve really come from Adam’s rib? How is that even possible? Does scientific research shed light on this?

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)

For those who doubt this, think about which is easier: to make Adam from dirt or Eve from a rib? The Great Creator who made Adam from dirt could certainly perform the simpler task of making Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs. After all, He is the Creator. “With God all things are possible,” according to Jesus (Matthew 19:26).

Thus it is certainly possible for Yahweh to fashion Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. But did He really do this?

Absolutely! The historical record in Genesis is crystal clear:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” … So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:18,21,22 NASB)

Adam knew the origin of the new rib-creature. He named her Woman, because “she was taken out of man.” (Genesis 2:21-23)

Some scoff at the clear statements in Genesis regarding Eve’s creation by Yahweh, dismissing them as poetry or symbolism. But these Genesis statements do not fit the forms of Hebrew poetry in the poetical books of the Old Testament. They are historical narrative, not poetry.

Moreover, categorizing this as symbolism is refuted by Adam’s choice of a name. The name Woman that Adam assigned to the new rib-creature along with Adam’s reason for the name, because she was taken out of man, show that the literal interpretation of the Genesis record is correct. The record of Eve’s origin is neither poetic nor symbolic. It is literal fact. Yahweh made Eve from Adam’s literal rib.

Adam named the new rib-creature
Woman
because “she was taken out of man.

Other scoffers claim that since men and women have the same number of ribs, it cannot be true that Yahweh took a rib from Adam to make Eve. They doubt the Genesis record because today everyone has 12 pairs of ribs for a total of 24 ribs. They think men should have fewer ribs than women, because God took one of Adam’s ribs to form Eve.

However, removing a rib does not change the genetic DNA blueprint passed to offspring. The loss of a parent’s bone does not affect the child, because it does not change the DNA blueprint. The Great Creator took a rib from Adam to make Eve, but all their descendants have the normal twelve ribs on each side.

Yahweh made Adam out of dirt, and all humans, including Eve, descended from that one original human — Adam (Acts 17:26). Eve was made out of Adam’s rib, and all other humans descended from that original pair in the usual way (except for Jesus of Nazareth).

Eve could physically prove she was one of the two original humans. Navels are anatomical evidence of descent. Adam and Eve did not have navels because they were not descendants. Neither was ever connected to a mother by an umbilical cord, so neither had the scar formed by severing the cord. Adam and Eve were the originals of the human race.

Checking belly buttons is one of several ways to distinguish someone from Adam when you hear somebody exclaim, “I don’t know him from Adam!” If he has a belly button, then he is not Adam!

Although Adam did not have a navel, he may have had something else: a ribbel, the scar formed where God extracted a rib to make Eve. We don’t know whether Yahweh left a scar on Adam or not when He closed up the flesh where He removed a rib. God could have performed a scarless operation. Or He may have left a prominent ribbel for a powerful reminder and teaching aid for thousands of descendants that came along in the nine centuries of Adam’s life. It could even have been a cherished reminder for Eve herself, a distinctive mark of the sacred bond between Adam and Eve.

After Eden cartoon about Adam & Eve

Why did Yahweh make Eve from a rib? Why that particular bone and not another? Why not the pelvis, or collar bone, or a femur?

Scientists have discovered a possible reason through the development of bone grafts. The rib cage is an almost endless supply of bone, because ribs regenerate. As long as the outer membrane covering the rib, the perichondrium, is left intact, the rib will grow back. Ribs are the only bones in the human body which regenerate themselves.

Today surgeons use bone from ribs to reconstruct damaged bones like skulls, eye sockets, and jaw bones. The removed rib regenerates within two months provided the perichondrium has been left intact.

So perhaps Adam grew back his missing rib! Since Adam was in perfect condition before sin, he may have regenerated the rib within days.

Scoffers have long derided the Genesis account of Eve being made from Adam’s rib. But now modern medical science illuminates the reasonableness of the Biblical record. Blessed are those who believed the Bible’s report on Eve’s origin from Adam’s rib — before medical science discovered rib regeneration.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified to the formation of the first woman Eve from Adam’s rib. Today we know that a rib is the best of Adam’s bones that could have been used to make Eve since it is the only bone that regenerates itself.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this and like 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. Can you think of a philosophical or even a romantic implication for the choice of a bone from Adam’s side out of which to fashion Eve?
2. What other Bible statement will you embrace and affirm today, even though others scoff at its likelihood or feasibility?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 33rd 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
32. Science in the Bible – Father Adam

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

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Wednesday June 20, 2018 A.D.

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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 – Adam’s Rib

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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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(2 Corinthians 10:5)

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”
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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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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“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 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)

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