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)

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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 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 ??? coming soon . . .

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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)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | April 4, 2018

History’s One-Two Punch

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We have just finished celebrating Resurrection Day, commonly known as Easter. Sometimes perspective can be improved with hindsight. What is the true significance of the Easter season through which we have just passed?

The original Easter period was a Knockout Punch for everybody!

The greatest knockout of all time smashed into history twenty centuries ago. It was a stunning one-two combination punch of 2 headline events.

Reporting that knockout punch, the Apostle Paul based the Gospel on these two key historical events (1 Corinthians 15:3-8):
1. The Crucifixion – Christ died for our sins. (POW!)
2. The Resurrection – Christ rose from the dead the third day. (BAM!)

The Crucifixion knocked the disciples and friends of Jesus for a loop. The Resurrection knocked everybody off their feet.

The Gospel

Why is the death of Christ essential to the Gospel? It is by Christ’s death that God’s wrath is turned away from sinners who trust Christ (Romans 3:21-26).

Why is the Resurrection essential to the Gospel? Because it vindicated Christ’s claim to be the Son of God. Because it validated the efficacy of His sacrifice for sin. Because it displayed Christ’s victory over death. (Romans 1:4; 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:17,21,22)

Intriguingly, Paul used Genesis to explain why Jesus died and the significance of His resurrection. Paul knew Genesis was a firm foundation for his theological explanation of the Gospel. (See 1 Corinthians 15:21,22,45-49)

Paul’s “died…buried…raised” sequence clearly teaches the Resurrection was literal and physical. The body that died by public execution was the same body that was buried by Joseph and Nicodemus. This same body is what Paul says was raised. This refutes the popular notion that the Resurrection was merely “spiritual” (whatever that means).

Defense

Paul’s apologetic trumpeted 2 irrefutable facts which established the truth of the 2 key events.
1. Jesus was buried.
2. Jesus appeared to many eyewitnesses after the Resurrection.

The significance of the burial is that it proved His actual death. Covered with 100 pounds of aromatic spices and bound head-to-toe in linen wrappings, Jesus was buried by two prominent members of the Jewish Sanhedrin: Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, called “the teacher of Israel” by Jesus (John 3:10). Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and other Galilean women witnessed the burial in Joseph’s own tomb. The tomb was closed with a massive stone, officially sealed, and guarded by soldiers.

Jesus’ death was attested by both friends and enemies, including battle-hardened Roman soldiers who knew death when they saw it. In all history, these contemporaries are the people best qualified to evaluate whether Jesus actually died or not. At the time nobody had even the slightest doubt that He was dead. It was an accepted fact confirmed by the burial.

The significance of Jesus’ appearances to eyewitnesses is that they verified the Resurrection. Paul’s defense listed six separate appearances. In all, Scripture records at least 11 different appearances after the Resurrection, in at least nine geographical locations spread over 150 miles. They began three days after the Crucifixion in Jerusalem, where He was crucified and buried. Jesus appeared to individuals, to groups, and even to a crowd of over 500. These were extended daylight interactions, not brief glimpses. Meals were shared, conversations developed, activities enjoyed. From personal encounters with the risen Christ, hundreds of people in all walks of life knew Jesus rose from the dead.

Paul’s widely-circulated letter to the church at Corinth was written only 20 years after the Crucifixion. Thousands were still alive who remembered the events from first-hand experience. They could confirm or dispute Paul’s account of resurrection appearances. Paul could not have effectively made these public statements if they were not true. Remember how rapidly the Swift Boat veterans negated John Kerry’s 30-year-old claims in the 2004 presidential campaign.

Jesus’ tomb was empty. The disciples began preaching the Resurrection right in Jerusalem with the empty tomb. Their message could not have been sustained for even an hour unless all parties accepted the empty tomb as fact. All it would take to extinguish Christianity at its inception would be for the Sanhedrin to look in the tomb and produce the body. How hard could it be to find the body from a public execution, buried by Jewish leaders before witnesses in a government-guarded tomb? This they could not do, because it was not there. What a shock!

The disciples changed from craven cowards evading authorities before the Resurrection to bold witnesses defying government suppression afterwards. Discouraged, dejected, despairing men were suddenly energized to ignite a revolution which encircled the globe; 2,000 years later it still impacts millions.

What so profoundly transformed them? These men, Jesus’ closest confidants, could not have been fooled about the Resurrection. They knew whether Jesus had been raised. Most died for their certainty that Jesus rose from the dead. Men do not die for what they think may be false. Remember how fast the Watergate conspiracy fell apart, everyone scrambling to save his skin.

Why didn’t the Sanhedrin just look in the tomb
and produce the body? That’s all it would take
to extinguish Christianity at its inception.
How hard could it be to find the body from a
public execution, buried by Jewish leaders before
witnesses in a government-guarded tomb?

Is Resurrection Impossible?

Some object, “It’s scientifically impossible to rise from the dead!” Generally, yes, resurrection is highly unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary man. Consider His words predicting death and resurrection. Consider His claims to be God and to be the Truth. Consider His faultless character and His miracles. Then the presumption switches from “unlikely” to “likely.” The real question is not, “Was it possible for Jesus to rise from the dead?” The real question is, “Was it possible for Jesus to remain dead?” Scripture says, “God raised Him up…since it was“impossible for death to hold Him.” (Acts 2:24)

The reason many think “Impossible!” about the Resurrection instead of “Impossible!” about Non-Resurrection is that people evaluate evidence with sin-clouded minds. Worldview and personal morality determine explanations of Resurrection evidence, just as they determine interpretations of scientific evidence about origins. Resurrection was not what was impossible. Non-Resurrection was impossible.

Conclusion

Paul underscored the essence of the Gospel and laid out an unassailable defense (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). His apologetic was based on historical events that actually happened on earth at specific times. People experienced these events first-hand and testified to their reality. Paul emphasized this eyewitness testimony — the very best type of evidence historically and legally.

The Christian faith is firmly grounded in history, and history makes a difference. Actions and events have consequences which reverberate throughout time. The central events of the Christian faith, Christ’s crucifixion and His bodily resurrection, are well-attested facts of history that happened on this earth in the city of Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago. This authenticity is crucial, for if either event did not happen, then Christianity is false and we are still in our sins (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

Jesus said, “because I live, you shall live also.” (John 14:19) True hope for the future is grounded on the Resurrection.

The Gospel by which we are saved is bedrocked on actual historical events. Christ solved the sin problem by His death. The Resurrection proved He conquered death.

Pow! Bam! The greatest one-two punch of all time!

Questions to Ponder

1. Which specific piece of evidence for the Resurrection is compelling enough for you to mention it to a friend or colleague today?
2. How will the radical reality of the Resurrection transform your choices 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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Wednesday April 4, 2018 A.D.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 28, 2018

Science in the Bible – The End

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How will the world END?

This is another of those big questions about which many people wonder. Many answers have been proposed, but most overlook the Bible’s answer to this question.

The previous blog article, Science in the Bible – The Beginning, disputed the prevailing worldview that everything started with a Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago by outlining scientific and Biblical problems with the concept. Instead of an originating Big Bang, the Bible teaches the universe had a Beginning by the Creator God of the Bible around 6,000 years ago.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Despite having disputed an originating Big Bang, I must admit that I believe in a Big Bang. However, I believe in the Biblical Big Bang at the END, not the evolutionary Big Bang at the Beginning. Scripture describes the real Big Bang that occurs at history’s end:
But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. . . . But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a ROAR [Big Bang] and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.
(2 Peter 3:7,10-14 NASB)

The Biblical Big Bang at the End of the world and the purported evolutionary Big Bang at the Beginning differ in crucial ways.

It makes much more sense that a Big Bang would be destructive, as at the end of time, rather than creative at the Beginning.

The universe will disappear with a roar. It did not appear in a bang. It was spoken into existence.

The elements will be destroyed by intense heat. They were not generated by an enormous explosion, but rather designed and created by Yahweh.

The earth will be burned up. It was formed cool in water, not molten from a hot conflagration.

The Big Bang is future, not past. Scientists say everything started with a Big Bang and will end with a cold death when the sun burns out. This is backwards. Earth started cold without the sun and will end in a future judgment by fire.

Implications

The future holds complete destruction by intense fire of everything material — cars, houses, smart phones, computers, books, money, clothes, golf courses, malls. Heaven and earth will be replaced by a new heaven and earth full of righteousness.

Why do New Testament authors include such sobering future glimpses? To satisfy curiosity? No — to motivate righteous living.

This is the Apostle Peter’s intent as he poses a penetrating question: Since everything will be totally destroyed and replaced with a new heaven and earth uncursed by sin, what kind of people should we be? (2 Peter 3:10-14)

Peter doesn’t leave us to ponder his question on our own. He calls believers to high standards of godly behavior. In essence Peter instructs us to live now as worthy of our future home. He urges us to be spotless and blameless, distinguished by righteous conduct.

We must also “be diligent to be found by Him in peace.” Isn’t it more entertaining to stir things up? Isn’t it more natural to pester and annoy each other, or to easily take offense? To diligently pursue peace requires conscious, determined efforts.

People with a Biblical worldview worship the Creator, looking beyond immediate circumstances and stresses. They respect the reality of the future destructive Big Bang and anticipate Yahweh’s eventual re-creation of heaven and earth. They strive for holiness and peace 24×7, seeking a life in the present that is worthy of their future home.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified to a Beginning for the universe by the Beginner. Only within the last century have scientists confirmed this Biblical truth of a Beginning. The Bible says the world will end with a Big Bang, but today’s scientists have not yet caught up to this truth, thinking the world will die a cold death.

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. What one intriguing sentence can you prepare to inform someone of the Biblical End when the typical idea of a Big Bang comes up in your hearing?
2. Is God nudging you to pursue peace with someone today without delay?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 30th 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 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

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

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Wednesday March 28, 2018 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 21, 2018

Science in the Bible – The Beginning

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How did everything BEGIN?

This question has intrigued people for millenia. Everybody has wondered about it at some time or other. Scientists, evolutionists, philosophers, and thinkers of every stripe have all pondered this question.

Scientists once primarily believed the universe was eternal — they thought it had always existed. But starting with Einstein’s work in the early 1900s, scientists gradually came to believe the universe must have had a Beginning.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that everything is running down. If the universe were “eternal,” it would have become inert dirt trillions and trillions and trillions of years ago. Therefore, since it is not just dust, it must have had a Beginning.

Long before today’s scientists concluded the universe must have had a Beginning, the Bible clearly taught this.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Genesis reports the Beginning occurred about 6,000 years ago and identifies the Beginner as the Creator God of the Bible. But none of that is very widely accepted today, except for the fact of a Beginning.

Stephen Hawking

One of today’s most famous physicists, Stephen Hawking (1941-2018), died last week. He was a proponent and popularizer of a beginning theory called The Big Bang, but he did not believe in the Creator God of the Bible.

In 2014 he told El Mundo:
“Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”
(Lori Johnston, “What Stephen Hawking Said about God,” Washington Post, March 14, 2018.)

Hawking also said,
“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
(Notable Quotes from Stephen Hawking, Washington Post, March 14, 2018.)

Hawking said he was “extremely grateful” for “the grand design of the universe.” But to Whom was he grateful, and Who was responsible for the grand design that Hawking recognized? Sadly, Hawking had no answers for these questions.

Andromeda Galaxy
Spiral galaxy with a trillion stars about 2.5 million light years from earth.
It’s about twice the size of the Milky Way.

The Big Bang

“Nothing exploded into everything.” That’s the Big Bang theory in a nutshell. Nothing could be more wrong, for from nothing, nothing comes.

The prevailing worldview asserts the universe popped into existence with a Big Bang almost 14 billion years ago. What could be more ridiculous? How could this be? What caused the explosion? From where did the matter and energy for the explosion come? How did the physical laws that governed the explosion originate?

It is a logical impossibility for the universe to create itself, Big Bang or not. How could an extremely complex, highly ordered universe possibly result from an explosion? Explosions are destructive, not creative. They are disorganizing, not organizing.

The Big Bang has many problems. If a big bang started the universe, then matter should be evenly distributed. It is not. Matter is organized into groupings: star-planet systems, then galaxies, then clusters of galaxies, and sheets of clusters with great separating voids.

How did planets, stars, and galaxies form? No mathematically sound theory exists for their formation by a Big Bang.

Physics professor James Trefil said, “There shouldn’t be galaxies out there at all, and even if there are galaxies, they shouldn’t be grouped together the way they are. The problem of explaining the existence of galaxies has proved to be one of the thorniest in cosmology. By all rights, they just shouldn’t be there, yet there they sit. It’s hard to convey the depth of the frustration that this simple fact induces among scientists.” (The Dark Side of the Universe, 1988)

Scientists do not universally accept the Big Bang. Astronomer Halton Arp wrote, “In my opinion the observations speak a different language; they call for a different view of the universe. I believe the Big Bang theory should be replaced, because it is no longer a valid theory.”

The Big Bang has no eyewitness confirmation.
It is not repeatable, observable, or testable.
It cannot be investigated in the lab.
The Big Bang is not scientific — it is only speculation about the distant past.

Astronomer Geoffrey Burbidge wrote, “Big Bang cosmology is probably as widely believed as has been any theory of the universe in the history of Western civilization. It rests, however, on many untested, and in some cases untestable, assumptions. Indeed, Big Bang cosmology has become a bandwagon of thought that reflects faith as much as objective truth.” (Scientific American, 1992)

The Big Bang is a speculative hypothesis about the origin of the universe. It has no eyewitness confirmation. It is not a repeatable, observable, testable phenomenon that can be investigated in the laboratory. The Big Bang is not scientific; it is historical conjecture.

Nobel physicist Leon Ledermann, referring to speculations like the Big Bang, wrote in The God Particle, “When you read or hear anything about the birth of the universe, someone is making it up.”

The Big Bang Contradicts the Bible

Some believe the Big Bang was when God created light in Genesis 1. But this violates the text — earth and heaven already existed before light was created. Moreover, God created sun and stars three days after earth.

Big Bangers contradict Scripture by reversing this order, claiming sun and stars preceded earth by billions of years.

Big Bangers also say earth formed as a hot molten blob before water formed. But Scripture teaches earth was created cool from the start because it was enveloped in a blanket of water (Genesis 1:2,9; 2 Peter 3:5).

Contrary to current scientific speculation, there was no Big Bang in the beginning. Yahweh created heaven and earth on Day One by His word (Psalm 33:6,9).

Ongoing grounding in God’s Word is vital to avert the danger of being deceived by our society’s current whims. Christians who believe the Big Bang are essentially concluding that what God said in Genesis is not true.

There was NO originating Big Bang. The Great Creator, the God of the Bible, Yahweh is the Beginner.

To learn about the real Big Bang, read the sequel: Science in the Bible – The End.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years ago, the Genesis record testified to a Beginning for the universe by the Beginner. Only within the last century have scientists confirmed this Biblical truth of a Beginning.

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. If Stephen Hawking was convinced God did not exist, why did he repeatedly express concepts using God in his terminology?
2. Since no mathematically sound theory exists for the formation of planets, stars, and galaxies by a Big Bang, why is the Big Bang so widely believed and promoted?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 29th 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 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

Read the sequel:
30. Science in the Bible – The End

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Wednesday March 21, 2018 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 14, 2018

Kepler Wants to Move to Australia

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

I have a Big Announcement to make today.

I have decided to move to Australia!

I told my plan to my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago. He was stunned.

Henry: “Why in the world do you want to move to Australia, Kepler?”
Kepler: “Because I love Kangaroos!”
Henry: “How do you know what kangaroos taste like?”
Kepler: “Master got me this bag of kangaroo meat dog food. I ate it and decided right away: we have to move to Australia and eat kangaroos. They are delicious!”
Henry: “What is kangaroo meat like?”
Kepler:Kangaroo meat is a flavorful lean red meat. The Great Creator made kangaroo meat to be high in protein, low in fat, and a rich source of vitamins and minerals. People usually cook it medium or medium rare so that it doesn’t get too tough. But I like it raw best. Yum! Yum! Yea for roo meat!”
Henry: “Will they let you eat kangaroo in Australia? Is that legal?”
Kepler: “In Australia, the kangaroo population of 50 million is more than double the human population of 24 million. Kangaroos are viewed as pests because they damage property, trample crops, compete with livestock for food and water, and even attack people. In fact, Australian officials are urging people to hunt and eat kangaroos. I can hardly wait to get to Australia — to chase kangaroos and eat roo meat!”
(See Australians told to eat more kangaroo and
Wild boxing kangaroo knocks Australian jogger unconscious.)

Henry: “Have you ever seen episodes of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo? It was a TV show about a boy and his pet kangaroo Skippy. Wouldn’t eating roo meat be like eating that cute little roo Skippy? Just like you couldn’t eat Bambi, could you?”
Kepler: “I have no problem eating Skippy or Bambi. They would both taste great, being especially tender. Besides, the Great Creator gave permission to eat animals after Noah’s Flood.” (Genesis 9:3)
Henry: “Did you know people all over the world eat our cousins? I heard about it from Master’s friends at church returning from a short-term missions trip to Thailand. At first I thought they were talking about delicious hot dogs they enjoyed there. But no; they ate real dogs. They horrified me with their enthusiasm for how good the little Thai dogs tasted.”
Kepler: “Yes, I know that people eat dog meat, but I don’t like to think about it. Worldwide, people eat 25 million dogs yearly. China, South Korea, and Vietnam are the leading consumers of dog meat. We have to stick close to Master when we travel, because as of 2018 it is legal to eat dogs in 43 states.”
Henry: “Well we have a vested interest then in promoting a kangaroo diet. Would Master like kangaroo steaks?”
Kepler: “I’m sure he would. I’ve never seen him turn down any kind of steak. You know how he teases PETA people by saying he’s behind them all the way. Then he says that he’s part of People Eating Tasty Animals. They are never amused. He really does love animals — on his plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.”
Henry: “Why does he always say ‘mashed potatoes,’ Kepler?”
Kepler: “Beats me. His stomach thinks all potatoes are mashed.”

Kangaroo Meat for sale in
Melbourne, Australia


Henry: “Where is Australia?”
Kepler: “Not sure. The word means southern land. So I presume it’s somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Henry: “Southern Hemisphere! How will you get to Australia, Kepler?”
Kepler: “I will ask Master and Missus to move to Australia and take us with them. If they won’t go to Australia with me, I will ask Master for money for a plane ticket. I will find a new master in Australia.”
Henry: “Isn’t Australia too far to travel to all by yourself on a plane piloted by who knows whom?”
Kepler: “Not at all. My brother Finn moved to Poland and did just fine. Besides, I will buy a cockpit seat so that I can keep an eye on the pilot, just like I keep an eye on Master when he drives.”
Henry: “Will your dog license be valid in Australia?”
Kepler: “I will have to get a new one, because I’m going to officially change my name to one of Master’s nicknames for me. Sometimes he calls me Kanga because I jump so much and so high. It will be a good name for me in Australia, especially since I’m going to be a kangatarian.”
Henry: “Oh, Kepler, you always use too big words. What’s a kangatarian?”
Kepler: “A kangatarian is someone who eats roo meat. Technically, kangatarians are people who only eat vegetables and kangaroo meat. About 20% of Australians eat roo meat. I think roo meat might help me jump higher and get to things that are now just out of reach.” (See Kangatarians emerge in Australia.)

Kepler & Henry Chat


Henry: “You don’t know anybody in Australia, human or canine. How will you find friends and a new master?”
Kepler: “Henry, I was born scintillating! My natural charisma and magnetism will make it easy to make friends. There will be a long line of mates wanting to be my new master. I will choose carefully to get one where I can run things. I prefer to be the Alpha, rather than the Gamma like I am now.”
Henry: “But, Kepler, what will I do here by myself without you?”
Kepler: “Stay here and be Master’s dog. He will promote you from the Delta to the Gamma. Master will find a buddy for you at the pound to be the new Delta. Look for a Lab – Jack Russell mix.”
Henry: “Does Master know about your plan to move to Australia?”
Kepler: “Not yet. I’m trying to think of the best way to sell the idea to him.”
Henry: “Why don’t you sell it to him the same way you got the idea. Give him some kangaroo dog food to eat.”
Kepler: “Good idea, Henry. That just might work.”
Henry: “If it doesn’t work, maybe you can go through Missus. She can get him to do stuff nobody else can.”
Kepler: “True, but she’s unlikely to disagree with Master about this. We’ll see what happens.”
Henry: “Well, to use a big word I learned from you, Kepler, I don’t know about these grandiloquent plans of yours. My guess is that Master and Missus will veto them.”
Kepler: “I don’t think so. Master is quite reasonable and he will understand my viewpoint. Besides, you ought to consider coming with me, Henry. You are a Silky Terrier; that breed was developed in Australia by crossing the Australian terrier with the Yorkshire terrier. You might meet some of your relatives. Let’s go together. There’s enough roo meat for both of us down there. Woof! Woof!”

If my dreams of Australia come true, this may be my last blog post — unless I can work out a way for me to blog for Master from Down Under. Stay tuned.

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

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

Questions to Ponder

1. What meat that you haven’t eaten would you most like to try?
2. Why did the Great Creator make so many different flavors, tastes, and textures?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 30th 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 9-31 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

Read the sequel:
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile

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Wednesday March 14, 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 | March 7, 2018

23. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 3

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Nebraska’s Statue of
William Jennings Bryan
in the U.S. Capitol

William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was a two-term Congressman from Nebraska, a three-time American presidential candidate, and a United States Secretary of State.

But Bryan is even more well known for his involvement in one of history’s most famous courtroom trials. This was the Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee, in July 1925. This “Trial of the Century” is popularly referred to as the Monkey Trial.

Bryan died during an afternoon nap in Dayton, a mere five days after the close of the trial. The Scopes Trial had not been not Bryan’s best hour. Bryan looked foolish when he could not answer defense counsel Darrow’s Bible questions.

In the popular view, Biblical credibility was damaged and Christianity was impugned when evolutionist Darrow confounded Bible-champion Bryan. Bryan won the court case, but Darrow won the battle over the nation’s worldview.

Despite dropping the ball when Darrow questioned Bryan during the Scopes Trial, Bryan spent many effective years upholding Scripture and attacking evolution. He averaged 200 speeches yearly as the nation’s premier anti-evolution crusader in the 1920s.

Bryan’s Legacy

Bryan was highly respected nationwide throughout his life. The esteem for Bryan was so high that $5 million poured in after his unexpected death, to build a college in Dayton in his memory. Bryan College opened in 1930 to “educate students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

In a 1934 dedication for a Bryan memorial in Washington DC, authorized by a joint resolution of Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said of Bryan,

“I think that we would choose the word ‘sincerity’ as fitting him most of all. It was that sincerity which brought to him the millions of devoted followers; it was that sincerity that served him so well in his life-long fight against sham and privilege and wrong. It was that sincerity which made him a force for good in his own generation and kept alive many of the ancient faiths on which we are building today. … We who are assembled here today to accept this memorial in the capital of the Republic can well agree that he fought the good fight; that he finished the course; and that he kept the faith.”
(Roosevelt, Franklin D., Address at a Memorial to William Jennings Bryan, May 3, 1934.)

William Jennings Bryan Statue in Salem, Illinois
The statue was created by Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.
It was dedicated in Washington DC by President Franklin Roosevelt on May 3, 1934.
In 1961, it was moved to Salem, Bryan’s birthplace.

Wisdom of William Jennings Bryan

Here are some excerpts from the speeches and writings of William Jennings Bryan that reflect his thought.

“I have a right to assume, and I prefer to assume, a Designer back of the design — a Creator back of the creation.”
(Bryan, The Prince of Peace, Fleming H. Revell Company, Chautauqua lecture, 1914, p.12)

Bryan’s lectures in the 1920s vigorously attacked evolutionism. In his widely-distributed 1920 pamphlet, The Menace of Darwinism, he showed how evolutionism threatened the Christian foundation of American society and education. In lectures at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia he said,

“It is better to trust in the Rock of Ages than to learn the ages of rocks.”

Why should an hypothesis, suggested by a scientist, be accepted as true until its truth is established? Science should be the last to make such a demand because science to be truly science is classified knowledge; it is the explanation of facts. Tested by this definition, Darwinism is not science at all; it is guesses strung together. There is more science in the twenty-fourth verse of the first chapter of Genesis (And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping things, and beast of the earth after his kind; and it was so.) than in all that Darwin wrote.
(William Jennings Bryan, In His Image lecture series, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1922, pp 93, 94.)

In a New York Times article Bryan emphasized that the theory of evolution was speculation without evidence:

The first objection to Darwinism is that it is only a guess and was never anything more. It is called a “hypothesis,” but the word “hypothesis,” though euphonious, dignified and high-sounding, is merely a scientific synonym for the old-fashioned word “guess.” If Darwin had advanced his views as a guess, they would not have survived for a year, but they have floated for half a century, buoyed up by the inflated word “hypothesis.” When it is understood that “hypothesis” means “guess,” people will inspect it more carefully before accepting it.
(William Jennings Bryan, “God and Evolution”, New York Times, 26 Feb 1922.)

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William Jennings Bryan

At the end of the Scopes Trial, defense attorney Darrow declined to make a closing statement. Under Tennessee law, this meant prosecutor Bryan could not make a closing statement either. Here are excerpts from Bryan’s 41-page Scopes Closing Statement which was not delivered at the trial but which was published posthumously:

Christianity welcomes truth from whatever source it comes and is not afraid that any real truth from any source can interfere with the divine truth that comes by inspiration from God Himself. It is not scientific truth to which Christians object, for true science is classified knowledge, and nothing therefore can be scientific unless it is true.

Evolution is not truth; it is merely a hypothesis – it is millions of guesses strung together. It had not been proven in the days of Darwin – he expressed astonishment that with two or three million species it had been impossible to trace any species to any other species – it had not been proven in the days of Huxley, and it has not been proven up to today. It is less than four years ago that Professor Bateson came all the way from London to Canada to tell the American scientists that every effort to trace one species to another had failed – every one. He said he still had faith in evolution but had doubts about the origin of species.

There is no more reason to believe that man descended from some inferior animal than there is to believe that a stately mansion has descended from a small cottage.

If the results of evolution were unimportant, one might require less proof in support of the hypothesis; but, before accepting a new philosophy of life built upon a materialistic foundation, we have reason to demand something more than guesses: “we may well, suppose” is not a sufficient substitute for “thus saith the Lord.”

Professor J. Arthur Thomson says that the “idea of evolution is the most potent thought-economizing formula the world has yet known.” It is more than that; it dispenses with thinking entirely and relies on the imagination.

Our first indictment against evolution is that it disputes the truth of the Bible account of man’s creation and shakes faith in the Bible as the word of God. This indictment we prove by comparing the processes described as evolutionary with the text of Genesis. It not only contradicts the Mosaic record as to the beginning of human life, but it disputes the Bible doctrine of reproduction according to kind – the greatest scientific principle known.

The world needs a savior more than it ever did before and there is only one “Name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” It is this Name that evolution degrades, for, carried to its logical conclusion, it robs Christ of the glory of a virgin birth, of the majesty of His deity and mission, and of the triumph of His resurrection. It also disputes the doctrine of the atonement.
(Bryan, Closing Statement at the Scopes Trial, July 1925)

Bryan discussed the theory of evolution at length in the chapter titled “The Origin of Man” in his 1924 book Seven Questions In Dispute:

Seven Questions In Dispute
by William Jennings Bryan
Frontpiece

. . . physicians, when they find certain diseases, arthritis, for instance, institute a search for the source of the poison that brings disorder into the body — the teeth, the tonsils, and the sinus being examined first. The evolutionary hypothesis is the source of the poison which is bringing disorder into the Church. Scratch a critic of the Bible and you are sure to find an evolutionist.

At present the theistic evolutionists are doing more harm than the atheists; they loudly proclaim their belief in God while they discredit the Bible, our only infallible standard of faith and conduct — the Book that gives us our conception of God and our only knowledge of the Saviour.

And what is offered as proof that the evolutionary hypothesis, or guess, furnishes an explanation of the origin of the more than a million species to be found in the animal and vegetable world? (Darwin estimated the number of species at from two to three millions.) Nothing but resemblances, and these resemblances are insignificant when compared with admitted differences. There is enough similarity between man and the mammals to have raised the question of kinship thousands of years ago, but the proof furnished by resemblances is completely overthrown by one fact, namely, that it has been impossible to trace any species to any other, notwithstanding the number of species and the resemblances between them. . . . Of what weight, we may likewise inquire, are resemblances when Darwin admitted that he had never been able to connect any species with any other? Huxley declared that no connecting link had ever been found; and only two years ago the same statement was made by Professor Bateson, of Great Britain, who came all the way across the Atlantic to give that information to the scientists of America. Similarity puts us on inquiry, but it does not reveal origins. If we see houses of different sizes, built of exactly the same material, we do not say that the larger grew out of the smaller; we say that the same architect planned them all. Why deny to God the credit for originating species — at least, until one species can be traced to another?

After locating our first parents in Central Africa, Darwin asks, “But why speculate?” If he had thought of that in the beginning, he would have been saved the trouble of writing The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, both of which are made up of speculations. He used the phrase, “We may well suppose,” over and over again, and employed every word in the dictionary that means uncertainty.

But the case against the evolutionary hypothesis is even stronger. There is not only an entire absence of evidence sufficient to support the hypothesis, but there is positive evidence that overthrows all the presumptions that have been built upon similarity.

Anatomy presents convincing evidence that man’s body was designed by an Infinite Intelligence and carefully adapted to the work required of him. His eyes, his ears, his heart, his lungs, his stomach, his arteries, his veins, his ducts, his nerves, his muscles — all his parts show that man is not a haphazard development of chance, but a creation, constructed for a purpose.

Christianity does not fear any truth that science has discovered or may discover. All truth is of God, whether it is revealed in the Bible or by nature; therefore, truths cannot conflict. It is not truth that Christians object to; they object to guesses put forward without verification and substituted for “Thus saith the Lord.”

The objection to evolution, however, as an explanation of life is not, primarily, that it is not true — many things that are false are scarcely deserving of attention. Neither is the ridiculousness of the explanations of evolutionists the chief reason for rejecting it, although there is more unintentional humor in these explanations than in any intended fun. The principal objection to evolution is that it is highly harmful to those who accept it and attempt to conform their thought to it.

Evolution, theistic as well as atheistic, when carried to its logical conclusion, robs Christ of the glory of the Virgin Birth, of the majesty of His deity, and of the triumph of His resurrection. Such a Christ cannot meet the world’s needs. Society, brought to the verge of ruin by a godless philosophy — by mind-worship — by learning unsanctified by love — can be revived and reconstructed only by the salvation and leadership of a full-statured Christ, whose code of morality is to endure for all ages, whose Gospel is for all mankind, and whose teachings will establish a universal brotherhood and usher in the day when swords shall be beaten into ploughshares and nations learn war no more.

(William Jennings Bryan, Seven Questions In Dispute, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1924, pp 125, 128, 129-130, 132-133, 137, 139, 143, 144, 158.)

Here are links to other works by Bryan defending Creation and the Bible and opposing Evolution:
The Bible or Evolution
Mr. Bryan on Evolution, Reader’s Digest, August 1925.

Therefore…

We could use a man like William Jennings Bryan again — a man with active faith in the Creator and one with selfless concern for his fellow man. Bryan believed in the Creator, the God of the Bible, and he lived his life by the dictates of that Book. Bryan was not duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today — where man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!

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

Bryan believed in the Creator and lived his life in honorable service to mankind. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this congressman, presidential candidate, statesman, and Bible teacher — one whose achievements far exceed those of most today.

Questions to Ponder

1. Bryan described evolution as “millions of guesses strung together.” Can you identify recent statements in media or in government education as one of these guesses?
2. What was William Jennings Bryan’s most significant character quality?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 28, 2018

22. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 2

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William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was a two-term Congressman from Nebraska, a three-time American presidential candidate, and a United States Secretary of State.

But Bryan is even more well known for his involvement in one of history’s most famous courtroom trials. Most high-profile trials involve murder. But this 1925 trial was only a misdemeanor case.

Why was a misdemeanor case, nicknamed “The Trial of the Century,” so significant? Because it was a battle over important ideas: free speech, Bible vs. Evolution, taxpayer control of school curricula. The nation’s most renowned lawyers argued the issues.

Provocation – The Butler Act

Corn and tobacco farmer John Butler wrote the law that provoked the controversial trial. Butler deplored county schools teaching his five children evolution. Learning of someone who returned from college believing in evolution but not God, Butler ran for the state legislature in 1922. His winning platform opposed teaching evolution in government-funded schools.

Butler’s 1925 bill read: “It shall be unlawful (in any state-funded school) to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.”

Butler’s common-sense rationale was that teaching evolution contradicts the Bible and thus undermines government, because government receives its authority from God in the Bible. Therefore he believed it was quite reasonable for government to forbid teaching evolution. He believed schools should teach citizenship grounded on Biblical morality; evolution “demoralized” morality by removing its foundation in God’s law.

Tiny Dayton, population 1800, in southeastern Tennessee was in severe economic decline. City leaders hatched a plan to revitalize and promote Dayton. They recruited high school math and physics teacher John Scopes to accept an ACLU offer to defend a test case against Tennessee’s new anti-evolution law, the Butler Act. Their motivation was financial, not philosophical.

Scopes had substituted for a sick biology teacher and later insisted he had never taught evolution. Scopes said he agreed to test the law in court during “a drugstore discussion that got past control.” The defense never claimed he had not broken the law, and he never testified — because the trial was about Tennessee’s anti-evolution law, not Scopes. Scopes later admitted his lawyers coached students to perjure themselves by testifying he taught evolution.

Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan At the 1925 Scopes Trial

Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryan
At the 1925 Scopes Trial

Trial Protagonists

Devout Christian William Jennings Bryan, 65, was a national figure, averaging 200 speeches yearly as the nation’s premier anti-evolution crusader in the 1920s. Despite a 30-year absence from the courtroom, Bryan volunteered to defend a principle he had championed for years by volunteering to help prosecute John Scopes.

Bryan’s courtroom opponent was evolutionist defense counsel Clarence Darrow, a militant atheist. Darrow, 68, was America’s most celebrated lawyer, famous for cross-examination skill and courtroom eloquence.

In demand nationwide at $200,000 per case, Darrow volunteered to defend Scopes — his only pro-bono work ever. He relished the trial as an opportunity to attack the Bible and ridicule Christianity in a national spotlight. Darrow determined to “prevent bigots and ignoramuses from controlling education.”

At the trial: Darrow grilling Bryan on the Bible before 5,000 spectators

Scopes Trial
5,000 watched Darrow grill Bryan on the Bible

Darrow-Bryan Duel

Worldviews clashed throughout the eight-day trial. It climaxed when defense counsel Clarence Darrow put prosecutor William Jennings Bryan on the stand, grilling him about the Bible before 5,000 spectators outdoors. Untold numbers listened by radio. The New York Times called the Darrow-Bryan duel the greatest court scene in Anglo-Saxon history.

Bryan said Darwin’s theory was merely a hypothesis, lacking definitive evidence and lacking documented examples of one species changing into another. He insisted such speculation should never be taught in schools. Bryan considered belief in evolution the root cause of moral and social problems. He thought evolution so greatly undermined religion and morality that the legislature should ban it from government schools.

Bryan argued scientific testimony from the defense was irrelevant because the legislative will of the people to control curricula in tax-supported schools superseded experts. Prevented from using scientists, Darrow called Bryan to testify as a “Bible expert.” With 1,000 people crammed into the second-floor courtroom, cracks developed in the floor and the judge moved the proceeding outside.

Darrow strove to undermine the Bible as he cross-examined Bryan for two grueling hours:
“Was Eve made from Adam’s rib?
Did Joshua make the sun stand still?
Did a whale swallow Jonah?”

Darrow questioned Bryan about Creation, Noah’s Flood, Tower of Babel, and Age of the Earth. Bryan wimped out over the length of Creation Days. He stunned the crowd by agreeing they might have lasted millions of years, thereby accepting a key evolutionary tenet that denies clear Biblical teaching.

Bryan charged Darrow with “slurring the Bible.” Darrow retorted, “I’m examining you on your fool ideas that no intelligent Christian on earth believes.”

Press coverage was unprecedented, even exceeding that of national political conventions. The Chicago Tribune broadcast the entire trial live using telephone lines costing $1,000/day. Newspapers printed courtroom transcripts. Two hundred reporters spewed 2 million words. Sixty-five telegraph operators keyed a record 200,000 words overseas.

The Bible-Science Guy in the judge's chair in the Scopes Courtroom

The Bible-Science Guy in the judge’s chair
in the Scopes Courtroom in Dayton, TN

Trial of the Century

The “Trial of the Century” gasolined a Creation-Evolution conflagration still raging today. Scopes was a financially-motivated hoax based on lies and perjury. Legal implications were negligible, but it had enormous symbolic significance.

In the popular view, Biblical credibility was damaged and Christianity was impugned when evolutionist Darrow confounded Bible-champion Bryan. This flagship event has been a rallying cry for nearly a century whenever Evolution is challenged. Ironically, today it is the evolutionists who use courts to enforce their dogma.

Despite many effective years upholding Scripture and attacking evolution, Scopes was not Bryan’s best hour. Darrow made him look foolish — primarily because Bryan could not answer questions on Genesis like, “Where did Cain get his wife?” Bryan was not prepared to defend the foundation of his faith (1 Peter 3:15). Repercussions from his strikeout have dogged Christianity ever since. Bryan won the court case, but Darrow won the battle over the nation’s worldview.

Answers to Questions Bryan Fumbled

Striving to discredit Genesis, skeptics frequently ask: “Where did Cain get his wife?” This question has perplexed believers since William Jennings Bryan fumbled it at the Scopes Trial. The question seems difficult to some because of an evolutionary mindset. Actually, from a Biblical worldview, it’s easy to answer. Jesus’ reply to Sadducees fits this situation perfectly: “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God?” (Mark 12:24)
Click Where Did Cain Get His Wife? for the answer to Darrow’s question.

Was Eve made from Adam’s rib?
Click Adam’s Dream Girl for the answer.

Did Joshua make the sun stand still?
Click When the Sun Stood Still for the answer.

Did a whale swallow Jonah?
Click Jonah and the Resurrection for the answer.
By God’s sovereign appointment, a rebellious prophet, a raging storm, and a ravenous fish came together to illustrate the death and resurrection of Christ and to bring revival to a sin-soaked city. Jonah’s preaching spurred Nineveh to believe in “the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land.” (Jonah 1:9)

How long were the days of creation?
Click Are the Six Days of Creation Regular Days or Long Ages? for the answer.
The historical record in Genesis supplies compelling reasons proving the Creation Days were regular days. Six Days is the key distinguishing characteristic of the Biblical explanation of origins.

How old is the earth?
Click How Old Is the Earth? for the first of a series of blog posts answering the question.

Click The Scoop on Scopes for more on the Scopes Trial.

Read the next article in this Famous Thinkers series for examples of Bryan’s incisive thinking and powerful arguments defending Christianity and Creation.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why is it important to be able to answer questions like those Darrow asked Bryan?
2. Are you prepared to answer questions like those Darrow asked Bryan?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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

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23. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 3

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Wednesday February 28, 2018 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 21, 2018

21. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 1

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What American presidential candidate said this?

“All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution. It would be better to destroy every other book ever written, and save just the first three verses of Genesis.”

This man was a two-term Congressman from Nebraska, a three-time American presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, and a United States Secretary of State.

Who is he?

Each state places two statues of favorite sons in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Nebraska chose this man’s statue as one of their two. He was a colonel of a Nebraska militia regiment in the Spanish-American War. This man said,

“Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest guesses advanced in the name of science.”

Who is he?

This man ran for President on the Democratic ticket in 1896 and 1900 against William McKinley and in 1908 against William Howard Taft, losing all three times. He served as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1915. He edited the Omaha World Herald and founded The Commoner Newspaper.

Who is this lawyer, politician, and statesman who vigorously defended Creation against Evolution?

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William Jennings Bryan

This man was William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925).

At age 36 in 1896, Bryan is the youngest man ever to run for President on a major party ticket. In his three presidential elections, he received 493 electoral votes. This total is more than any other candidate in history who never won the presidency.

William Jennings Bryan was a national figure. By the 1920s he averaged 200 speeches yearly as the nation’s premier anti-evolution crusader. He addressed state legislatures, wrote books and dozens of newspaper articles, and blanketed the nation with his syndicated column, “Weekly Bible Talks.” His Bible class in a Miami park numbered 5,000 weekly.

Bryan’s 1924 Nashville lecture, Is the Bible True?, was distributed nationwide and spurred passage of a Tennessee bill that outlawed the teaching of evolution in government schools.

Read the next article in this Famous Thinkers series to learn how Bryan defended Creation against Evolutionism in one of history’s most famous courtroom trials, a trial which was provoked by that Tennessee bill outlawing the teaching of evolution.

Questions to Ponder

1. If William Jennings Bryan had been elected president, would thinking Christians of the day have felt embarrassed to stand with him for the Bible and Creation?
2. What courageous crusader of today is speaking out boldly to have an impact on anti-Biblical culture?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

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

Read the sequel:
22. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 2

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Wednesday February 21, 2018 A.D.

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

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