Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 20, 2021

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

(2 Minute Read. 20Oct2021)

Christ on the Cross
1870 painting by Carl Heinrich Bloch

“Karma will get them!”

My wife and I hear and read this sentiment often — especially from people who have just complained about someone else’s behavior.

I am glad there is no such thing as “karma.” I am glad the Great Creator rules the universe with mercy. I am glad He does not give me what I deserve.

What I Deserve

I am a sinner. I break God’s law in thought, word, deed, or by omission every day. I need mercy from the Great Judge of the universe.

Have you ever “counted” your sins? It’s a good exercise to illustrate how badly we need mercy.

If I estimate a minimum of five sins a day, that puts me at around 2,000 sins every year and 150,000 sins in my lifetime. Ten sins a day would put me at around 300,000 sins for my lifetime. That is a lot of sin!

Thus I deserve divine judgment. I am in dire need of mercy. If karma were real, I would be dead.

Even the most meticulous person who is convinced his sins are few is not off the hook when it comes to deserving the Great Creator’s righteous judgment.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. (James 2:10)

If I were hauled into court with over 2,000 violations in a year, would the judge be likely to excuse me without penalty? Even if they were only civil violations and not criminal? I think not.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned,
And done what is evil in Thy sight.
(Psalm 51:1-4)

But I am so thankful that the Great Creator has been merciful to me and has absolved me of all my sin through the death of Jesus Christ.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:19)

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. (Psalm 145:8-9)

Get Mercy

Everyone without exception needs God’s mercy.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

How does one get mercy instead of judgment? Scripture gives a clear answer.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
(Proverbs 28:13)
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

I am so thankful that
Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13)

When appropriate, in dealings with other people, show mercy instead of judgment.
Judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. (James 2:13)

Questions to Ponder

1. Who might need mercy from you today instead of judgment?
2. If you were to count your sins, would it indicate that you needed mercy?

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

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 13, 2021

25. Famous Thinkers – Professor Disputes Evolution

(4 Minute Read. 13Oct2021)

What Princeton professor said this about Darwin’s theory of evolution?

“The first objection to the theory is its prima facie incredibility. That a single plant or animal should be developed from a mere cell, is such a wonder, that nothing but daily observation of the fact could induce any man to believe it. Let any one ask himself, suppose this fact was not thus familiar, what amount of speculation, of arguments from analogies, possibilities, and probabilities, could avail to produce conviction of its truth. But who can believe that all the plants and animals which have ever existed upon the face of the earth, have been evolved from one such germ? This is Darwin’s doctrine.” [my emphasis]

Who is this Princeton professor?

This man was recognized by both friend and foe as one of the greatest polemicists of his time. He also said this about Darwin’s theory of evolution:

“Darwin wants us to believe that all living things, from the lowly violet to the giant redwoods of California, from the microscopic animalcule to the Mastodon, the Dinotherium — monsters the very description of which fill us with horror, bats with wings twenty feet in breadth, flying dragons, tortoises ten feet high and eighteen feet long, etc., etc., came one and all from the same primordial germ. This demand is the more unreasonable when we remember that these living creatures are not only so different, but are, as to plants and animals, directly opposed in their functions. The function of the plant, as biologists express it, is to produce force, that of the animal to expend it. The plant, in virtue of a power peculiar to itself, which no art or skill of man can imitate, transmutes dead inorganic matter into organic matter, suited to the sustenance of animal life, and without which animals cannot live. The gulf, therefore, between the plant and animal would seem to be impassable.” [my emphasis]

Who is he?

This man was a professor of theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and president of the seminary from 1851 until his death in 1878. What did he think about the credibility of Darwin’s theory of evolution as reflected in this quote?

“Further, the variations by which the change of species is effected are so trifling as often to be imperceptible, and their accumulation of them so slow as to evade notice — the time requisite to accomplish any marked change must be counted by millions, or milliards of years. Here is another demand on our credulity. The apex is reached when we are told that all these transmutations are effected by chance, that is, without purpose or intention. Taking all these things into consideration, we think it may, with moderation, be said, that a more absolutely incredible theory was never propounded for acceptance among men.” [my emphasis]

Who is this man?

To what did this mystery man equate Darwinian evolution in these remarks?

“It is conceded that a man may be an evolutionist and yet not be an atheist and may admit of design in nature. But we cannot see how the theory of evolution can be reconciled with the declarations of the Scriptures.”

“We have thus arrived at the answer to our question, What is Darwinism? It is Atheism. This does not mean, as before said, that Mr. Darwin himself and all who adopt his views are atheists; but it means that his theory is atheistic; that the exclusion of design from nature is tantamount to atheism.” [my emphasis]

Professor Charles Hodge
Portrait by Rembrandt Peale

Who is he?

This professor is Charles Hodge (1797–1878). He was one of the great defenders of the Christian faith. He published over 130 scholarly papers, and his lectures were known for clarity and logical precision.

Hodge is best known for his three-volume Systematic Theology (1871-73), a work of 2,260 pages explaining the theology of the Bible.

Hodge spent his life defending Reformed theology as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Hodge argued persuasively for the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. Many of his arguments were later adopted by evangelical Christians in the 20th century.

Hodge also wrote full-length commentaries on these books of the Bible: Romans (1837), Ephesians (1856), First Corinthians (1857), Second Corinthians (1860).

The Hodge quotes above were taken from his 1874 book What is Darwinism? (pages 141-144,177) which critiques Darwin’s theory of evolution. It was his last book.

All Hodge’s books are still in print well over a century after his death.

Therefore…

We could use more thinkers with the integrity, insight, and clarity of thought of Charles Hodge. He was not duped by the evolutionism that deludes so many intellectuals today. How foolish is the arrogance and hubris of today — whereby man thinks he is so advanced and despises the wisdom of previous generations regarding the existence of a Creator!

Belief in a Creator is common sense based on looking at what has been created. This was the conviction and argument of
Paul the Apostle (Romans 1:18-23),
President Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin,
Sir Isaac Newton,
John Calvin,
Dr. Werner von Braun,
George Washington Carver,
Johann Kepler,
Blaise Pascal,
Robert Boyle,
Dr. Raymond Damadian,
President Herbert Hoover,
Billy Sunday,
William Jennings Bryan,
Dr. Rosalind Picard,
Professor Charles Hodge,
and innumerable other leading thinkers throughout history. These men and women 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.

Charles Hodge believed in the Creator and boldly argued against Darwin’s theory of evolution, believing it was tantamount to atheism. Dr. Hodge would be astonished today to hear that so many Christians have embraced evolutionism when they supposedly believe the Bible. I suspect he would laugh at the absurdity of attempting to reconcile the theory of evolution with the authoritative testimony of Scripture. Today’s intellectuals would do well to pay heed to this eminent theologian — one whose mental prowess and achievements far exceed those of most today.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why is it true that “the exclusion of design from nature is tantamount to atheism,” as Hodge wrote?
2. What opportunity awaits you to speak up and honor the Great Creator?

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

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 25th installment in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men and women who believed in the Creator.
Read the prequels:
1. Famous Thinkers – Former U.S. President Supports Intelligent Design
2. Famous Thinkers – Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
3. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Supports Intelligent Design
4. Famous Thinkers – Theologian Testifies for Creation
5. Famous Thinkers – Rocket Scientist Supports Intelligent Design
6. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation
7. Famous Thinkers – Botanist Supports Creation 2
8. Famous Thinkers – Astronomer Is a Creationist
9. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist
10. Famous Thinkers – Mathematician Is a Creationist 2
11. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 1
12. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 2
13. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 3
14. Famous Thinkers – Chemist Is a Creationist 4
15. Famous Thinkers – Physician Is a Creationist
16. Famous Thinkers – President Is a Creationist
17. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 1
18. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 2
19. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 3
20. Famous Thinkers – Evangelist Is a Creationist 4
21. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 1
22. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 2
23. Famous Thinkers – Statesman Is a Creationist 3
24. Famous Thinkers – Computer Scientist Is a Creationist

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

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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)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 6, 2021

Kepler Hates This Word

(3 Minute Read. 6Oct2021)

At a campground in my own fireside chair

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

Can you guess what Master’s favorite word is? At least, I think it must be his favorite because I hear it all the time, and I don’t like it at all. In fact I hate to hear it. What is it?

It is not Sit, Stay, or Wait.
It is not Honey, Dear, or Sweetheart.
It is not Bible, Scripture, or God.
It is not ham, bacon, or sausage.
It is not creation, math, or science.
It is not football, basketball, or baseball.
It is not firewood, campfire, or camping.
It is not please, thank you, or bless you.

Based on how frequently I hear it, Master’s favorite word is something else.

Can you guess what it is? It is a simple, very short word. I hear it many times every day. Even Missus uses it a lot with me.

I’m sure you hear it and use it often as well, especially if you are a parent. Master says it is a very important safeguard word that keeps me healthy and secure. Can you guess Master’s favorite word before I tell you below?

What Is the Word?

I think Master’s favorite word is . . .

Are you ready? Here it is:

NO.

“No, Kepler.” I hear that all the time.

With regard to much of what I want to do, Master often says, “No.” He says this even when in my opinion there is nothing wrong with what I want to do.

Why can’t I jump up on him and on Missus and on their friends? What would be wrong with that? I keep my paws very clean. But Master says, “No,” when I try to jump up on someone.

Why can’t I get into the kibble bin whenever I crave a snack? Often I feel a bit peckish before it’s time for my meal. But Master tells me, “No.”

Why can’t I run around exploring campgrounds? I like to nose around everyone’s tent and woodpile. Plus many campers grill outdoors and are happy to give a cute dog like me tidbits. But Master says, “No. Even good dogs have to be on a leash in state park campgrounds.”

Why can’t I bark whenever I want? Often I need to remind Master it’s time to eat, or I want to go inside for a nap in my crate, or another dog is too close to our campsite. But Master says, “No,” when I bark, and he makes me stop.

Yesterday on our campground walk I found a dead chipmunk, but Master wouldn’t let me have it. I heard that word again, “No,“ when I tried to carry it back to bury at our campsite.

There is a feral cat at the campground that I want to dispatch, but Master says, “No.” He won’t even let me bark at it.

Master has an explanation for using “No.” He says it is a crucial protective word for my well-being. He says that “No” is a boundary word that keeps me out of mischief, out of trouble, and out of danger.

Master pointed out that the “No” word applies to himself as well as to me. He showed me the Ten Commandments given by the Great Creator for man’s benefit (Exodus 20:1-17). Master pointed out that nine of the Ten Commandments are based on the “No” word. The Great Creator says “No” to murder, “No” to adultery, “No” to stealing, and “No” to lying. The Great Creator says “No” to coveting, “No” to other gods, “No” to idols, “No” to taking the name of the Lord in vain, and “No” to working on the weekly day of rest. Only the fifth commandment, “Honor your father and your mother,” is expressed positively without the “No” word.

Master said that “No” is the Great Creator‘s boundary word that keeps Master out of mischief, out of trouble, and out of danger.

Jesus also repeatedly used the “No” word. One example of multiple negative commands is in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

But Master also said that when Jesus summed up the teachings of the Old Testament, He did not use the “No” word. Jesus expressed the Old Testament teachings positively this way:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

Hmmm . . . so why can’t Master cut back on his use of the word “No” with me?

Anyway, that’s how things look from the Kepler Dog House!

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

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you sometimes object to the “No” word as Kepler does?
2. What truth will help you next time you chafe at “No”?

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

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

This is the 47th 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 9-47 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice
43. Kepler Ponders Senescence
44. Kepler’s AK-47
45. Kepler Talks Turkey
46. Kepler Versus the Squirrel

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

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Wednesday October 6, 2021 A.D.

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 29, 2021

Can Science Conquer Death?

(3 Minute Read. 29Sep2021)

Can Science Cure Death? It Sure Looks Like It.

This was the title of a feature article in the July-August 2021 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.

The article reported on several scientists researching aging mechanisms and investigating ways to prolong life. Some of those interviewed for the article believe that science will eventually “cure death” so that men can live forever.

However, there was nothing in the article to back up the claim of the title: “It Sure Looks Like It.” The author admitted this lack of evidence saying, “The science required to break free of death, unfortunately, is still at ground level.” In fact, a co-founder of one of the “Live Forever” organizations has already died.

No Escape from Death

The clear and certain answer to the title question, “Can Science Cure Death?” is NO. Scripture makes it clear that science will never find a cure for death:
It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

In the future some humans may live longer than we currently do, but everyone must die and face the Great Creator. Until recently an extremely common phrase regarding a person’s passing was that they must “meet their Maker.” This reflects the common human understanding that death is inevitable.

The only known exceptions to this rule of death are Enoch (Genesis 5:22-24; Hebrews 11:5) and Elijah (2 Kings 2:1-12) who were taken directly to heaven by God without dying. Everyone else has to eventually die.

Long Life

Are there any potential problems associated with extended lifespans?

How will it be decided who gets to live forever? To whom and how will limited resources be allocated? Many people consider overpopulation of the earth a current pressing problem. I don’t agree with that, but many specific areas of the world are certainly overcrowded, and that situation will get much worse if people live forever.

But the biggest problem with extended lifespans is one that has been seen before. It is the compounding growth of wickedness and evil throughout lengthy lifespans.

The one example we have of extended lifespans was before Noah’s Flood. According to the Genesis record of antediluvial lifespans (Genesis 5), people typically lived for 900 years before the Flood. The result was that evil proliferated to such an extent that the Great Creator had to wash the earth with the Flood and start over with Noah and his sons.
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. . . . Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:5,11-13)

Eternal Life

Has anyone ever conquered death? Yes. Jesus of Nazareth was victorious over death some 2,000 years ago. After dying on the cross for the sin of His people, He rose from the dead three days later to live forevermore. He is the only One who has beaten death.

The drive to cure death through science in order to live forever is grounded in a desire for eternal life. But this is the wrong way to go about achieving eternal life.

Eternal life will never come through science. Science will not and cannot conquer death.

Eternal life comes through faith in Jesus Christ:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(John 3:16-18)
And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
Jesus said to him [Thomas], “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)

Questions to Ponder

1. Whom do you know who faced death with peace and calm faith?
2. What Scripture assures you when death seems scary?

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

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

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Wednesday September 29, 2021 A.D.

“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by Thine outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for Thee.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 22, 2021

No Referendum on Truth

(4 Minute Read. 22Sep2021)

A recent Science Daily report on a University of Michigan study proclaims, “Evolution now accepted by majority of Americans.”

Public acceptance of evolution in the United States, 1985–2020
was published in the journal
Public Understanding of Science on
August 16, 2021. The study authors examined a series of national public opinion surveys over a period of 35 years.

They concluded, “Public acceptance of evolution in the United States is now solidly above the halfway mark.” This conclusion was based on recent surveys reporting 54% of Americans now agree with this statement:
Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.

I disagree with the characterization “solidly above the halfway mark.” In my opinion, “slightly above” would be more precise, and even that may not be accurate. It has been shown that some respondents to polls and surveys do not report their true beliefs, but instead give responses influenced by social pressure and political correctness.

It’s interesting that there is a political divide on the issue. As of 2019 only 34% of conservative Republicans accepted evolution while 83% of liberal Democrats did so. In other words, according to the latest surveys, 66% of conservative Republicans and 17% of liberal Democrats reject evolution.

Truth

Whether the theory of evolution is true or false is completely independent of whether a majority of people believe it or not. Truth is not determined by a majority vote. It is not even indicated by popular opinion. The history of science and humanity is full of errors of thinking and belief by the majority. Truth is independent of human opinion.

When Jesus was approaching His crucifixion, carrying out the Great Creator‘s magnificent plan to redeem mankind, a survey of even His closest followers would have shown no confidence in Christ’s mission and Messianic Kingship. He was the Way and the Truth (John 14:6), yet human opinion was overwhelmingly against Him.

These words of the prophet Isaiah portray how entirely wrong public opinion polls would have been about Jesus of Nazareth:
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face,
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
(Isaiah 53:3-4)

Pondering: Creation or Evolution?

How do we determine truth? We get it from the infallible Word of the Great Creator Who is all-knowing and error-free. He tells us clearly in His Word that on Creation Day Six He created man from the dust of the ground, not from an existing animal species. (Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7)

Encouraging

Why do I actually find the study results very encouraging?

I’m encouraged because despite over 160 years of evolutionary indoctrination through government schools, colleges and universities, news media, and the entertainment industry, at least 46% of the American public (almost half) does NOT buy into the theory of evolution.

The incessant drumbeat of Evolutionism thunders throughout American culture. A barrage of evolutionist propaganda bombards people daily from movies, television, books, newspapers, and magazines. Ever since the 1925 Scopes Trial, evolutionists have dominated education, saturating universities and government schools with a flood of evolutionism. Government schools down to the youngest ages and even most private schools pound evolutionary propaganda into malleable minds and hearts.

We’ve had more than 160 years of evolutionary indoctrination since Charles Darwin first proposed the theory of evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Yet despite all this evolutionary propaganda, about half the American public rejects human evolution. Evolutionists’ 160-year propaganda crusade to convince people of molecules-to-man evolution through random processes has not been very successful.

In spite of repeated appeals to supposed science, many people don’t accept that human beings developed from earlier species of animals. Despite the world’s evolutionistic megaphone, some people think for themselves and reject the evolutionary arguments. This is encouraging.

Why?

Why do so many people reject the theory of evolution?

Why do so many people accept the theory of evolution?

The answer to the first question is that the Great Creator has left His fingerprints all over mankind whom He created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). People recognize that the intricate complexity of humans requires a Designer and Creator. (See Evidence for God – Design.)

NeuronCellDiagram

Neuron Cell Diagram

This simplified diagram of a nerve cell illustrates the complexity of Creation. Scientists still don’t fully understand all the constituent parts of a nerve cell. Is it logical to conclude such integrated and operational complexity happened by chance?

Design is the reason for the failure of evolutionists to convince America, because Design is in your face all day long. It is impossible to escape the Drumbeat of Design.

The Apostle Paul described the Drumbeat of Design this way:
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. (Romans 1:19-20)

Layer upon layer, the innumerable examples of complex design we see in nature are strong evidence for a Creator and compelling evidence against naturalistic evolution. Just as human constructions shout “Designer!” so also the marvels of nature shout the glory of their Designer. The argument is, “Design implies a Designer.”

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

In all of human experience, complex information-loaded designs never happen by accident. Therefore it is more reasonable to conclude that there is a Creator for the universe than to conclude that no Creator exists.

Why do almost half of Americans still reject evolution? The “Public acceptance of evolution” study offered its answer to this question. It identified what it called “religious fundamentalism” (what I would call Biblical faith) as the primary factor causing rejection of evolution.

The study is correct. A key reason for evolutionists’ failure to convince Americans is that the theory of evolution conflicts with the record of creation in Genesis. Many dispute evolutionism simply because it contradicts the Biblical record in Genesis. They accept Genesis as the true Word of God, and this settles the Creation-Evolution issue for them.

The answer to the second question is that the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Thus it is not surprising that many people believe in the theory of evolution. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13–14)

Even though Jesus and Paul were speaking of eternal life, the principle applies to truth in general. Satan deceives most people and the majority does not recognize truth.

Will you recognize the truth of the Great Creator, the God of the Bible? Will you acknowledge the truth of Jesus?

Questions to Ponder

1. Why do you think so many Americans believe the theory of evolution?
2. Why do you think so many Americans reject the theory of evolution?

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

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 15, 2021

Me vs Mosquito

(3 Minute Read. 15Sep2021)

Mosquito Drilling for Blood

Mosquito Drilling for Blood

Recently I learned of a new weapon in my continual battle against an outdoor terrorist.

I have loved to camp since I was a child. But one of camping’s negatives is the mosquito.

Sometimes the Mosquito is called the Insect from Hell. It’s hard to argue with this description when mosquitoes are after you for a sumptuous sanguinary feast. I hate it when swarms of mosquitoes try to carry me off.

Over 3500 mosquito species exist worldwide with more being found all the time. The U.S. hosts 176 species of mosquitoes. Texas is the state with the most mosquito species with 85, and West Virginia has the fewest with 26. Florida has 80, New York 70, Michigan 60, and California 53.

In the 1880s New Jersey earned the sobriquet The Mosquito State. This resulted from mosquitoes spawned in New Jersey’s marshes plaguing New York.

Mosquito lifespans range from a week to several months depending on the species. However, most of those that try to bite me experience shorter-than-normal lifespans. But some of the little divebombers still get through my slapping hands and flailing arms to bite me.

Mosquito is Spanish (mosca + ito) for little fly. Mosquitoes have six legs, and like flies they have two wings. But unlike flies, mosquito wings have scales — quite complex wing structures for such small insects. How did that happen? Did Someone design the intricate wings?

What about the mosquito’s six legs? How do the six legs coordinate so that they don’t interfere with each other, or interfere with the wings? Did Someone design the nervous system to synchronize all of those parts and functions?

What about the mosquito’s complex yet minuscule proboscis? A saliva tube and a separate sucking tube are surrounded by two sharp mandibles and two serrated scalpels. These six pieces are sheathed in the tiny proboscis which is inserted only a few millimeters into the skin to find a capillary. The mosquito pumps saliva down one tube before sucking blood up through the other tube. A mosquito can suck three times its weight in blood. Did Someone design this complex organ for the mosquito?

Mosquito saliva contains an anti-coagulant to prevent blood from clotting which would clog the mosquito’s proboscis. The saliva also contains a blood vessel dilator. Mosquito saliva also contains an anesthetic that serves as a local numbing agent. Once the mild painkiller wears off, the remaining saliva under the skin causes the characteristic skin welt and itchiness. Did Someone design the mosquito’s saliva and the biological machinery for making it?

MosquitoBiting

Only female mosquitoes bite and suck blood. She uses blood proteins to produce her eggs. The male does not bite or suck blood.

Feeding preferences of female mosquitoes include people with type O blood, heavy breathers, people with lots of skin bacteria, people with high body heat, and pregnant women.

Mosquitoes have organs for smelling and heat sensing on their hairy antennae and on their three pairs of legs. Exhaled carbon dioxide, body heat, movement, and perspiration attract mosquitoes. Mosquito eyes, which almost fill the head, take infrared images of body heat. Did Someone design these sensing organs for the mosquito?

Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes, because it holds more heat than light colored clothing. Strenuous physical exertion is a risk factor when mosquitoes may be present. Increased movement and panting, perspiration, and elevated body temperature all make you a mosquito magnet.

The manner in which the Great Creator equipped the mosquito to hunt and procure blood is beyond impressive! All the equipment has to be finally tuned and coordinated. Each function must be operational from the beginning for the mosquito to survive. Partial or gradual development, as imagined in an evolutionary process, would never work and would be fatal to mosquitoes.

WW2 Uncle Sam Mosquito Poster

World War II Uncle Sam Poster
Identifies Two Enemies – Mosquitoes & Japan
A gun-packing Uncle Sam clenches
Japan’s General Tojo in one hand and
a giant malaria mosquito in the other.
1944 poster by military artist Frank Mack.

In addition to causing vexatious and itchy skin irritation from their saliva, mosquitoes also transmit serious diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, hepatitis, and filariasis (the main cause of elephantiasis). Mosquitoes also transmit canine heartworm through biting dogs.

Because of these menaces, the tiny mosquito is considered one of the deadliest creatures in the world. Three million people die from mosquito-transmitted malaria annually. This is one of the conjectured causes of the death of Alexander the Great in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace in Babylon in 323 B.C.

During World War II, malaria killed over 60,000 U.S. troops in the South Pacific and Africa. In May 1943 General Douglas MacArthur said, “This will be a long war if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in hospital with malaria, and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease!”

Evolutionary biologists place the evolutionary origin of mosquitoes in the Jurassic Period and say they are 210 million years old. The oldest mosquito fossils we have are supposedly 79 million years old. But these fossils look like today’s mosquitos!

Why has there been no evolution in 79 million years? Why haven’t mosquitoes evolved to the size of eagles to terrorize our planet?

The answer is that the Great Creator made life to reproduce according to kind. He built in variation to enable continuation of life kinds as environments change. But kinds cannot change beyond limits the Great Creator set.

Secondly, the Great Creator made mosquitoes only 6,000 years ago, not 79 million years ago. There has been no time for them to evolve, even if this were a possibility.

Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern, a Mosquito Repellent

Recently I learned of a natural mosquito deterrent — sweet fern. And I found some growing wild nearby. Here is a picture of a large clump of sweet fern near our campsite.

Sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina) is not really a fern, although it looks like one. It is a small shrub with a sweet smell. Its scent deters mosquitoes. You can crumple the leaves and rub them on yourself or hang sprigs nearby. Or you can toss it into your campfire, and the smoke keeps mosquitos away.

Sweet fern is one of many plants that repel mosquitoes, but since it is native to the USA and widespread across the eastern half of the country, it is often easy to find near campgrounds. It grows in dry sandy soil, often near pine trees.

Look for it the next time you go camping to keep the mosquitoes away.

Questions to Ponder

1. In your experience, what works best to repel mosquitoes?
2. Why do you think God created mosquitoes?
(For my thoughts on this, read Were Mosquitoes in the Garden of Eden?)

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 8, 2021

Bible Grandparents Quiz Answers

(5 Minute Read. 8Sep2021)

Three Grandparents
My paternal grandparents and
my children’s grandfather

The Bible is full of grandparents who greatly influenced the course of history through their children, grandchildren, and subsequent generations.

The Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents’ Day in the U.S. This year it falls on Sunday September 12, 2021.

Last Wednesday I posted my
Bible Grandparents Quiz
to commemorate National Grandparents’ Day when we show special honor to grandparents for their love, work, and sacrifice in raising and providing for children and grandchildren.

How many Bible grandparents did you remember?

Below are the original quiz questions followed by answers and explanations. Links to supporting Bible verses are included with each question/answer.

Questions & Answers for Bible Grandparents Quiz

1. Who are the grandparents of the first grandson named in the Bible?
A. Adam and Eve
B. Cain and his wife
C. Lamech and Adah
D. Lamech and Zillah

Answer: A. Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:1,17)
The first grandson named in the Bible is Enoch son of Cain son of Adam.

2. Who did not have a grandfather?
A. Methuselah
B. Noah
C. Seth
D. Enoch

Answer: C. Seth (Genesis 5:1-3)
Human history had a beginning in Adam. Therefore the first two generation did not have grandparents. Those we know by name in the first two generations are Adam and Eve along with their three sons Cain, Abel, and Seth. All other descendants of Adam from the third generation on necessarily had grandparents.

3. Adam is the father of the human race. Who is another man who is the mega-great-grandfather of all humans alive today?
A. Seth
B. Enoch
C. Methuselah
D. Noah

Answer: A, B, C, & D are all correct. (Genesis 9:18-19)
Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the earth after Noah’s Flood. Thus Noah and his nine forebears listed in Genesis 5, of which Seth, Enoch, and Methuselah are three, are all fathers of today’s humans. Click Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth? to read about population growth since Noah’s Flood.

4. Who was Isaac’s grandfather?
A. Nahor
B. Terah
C. Laban
D. Bethuel

Answer: B. Terah (Genesis 11:24-29; 22:20-23; 24:15; 24:29)
Terah was Abraham’s father and hence the grandfather of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham’s grandfather and brother were both named Nahor. Bethuel, son of Abraham’s brother Nahor, fathered Rebekah, Isaac’s wife. Laban was Rebekah’s brother and son of Bethuel.

5. Who was Noah’s grandfather?
A. Jared
B. Enoch
C. Methuselah
D. Lamech

Answer: C. Methuselah
(Genesis 5:18-32)
Lamech was Noah’s father and Methuselah was his grandfather. Lamech died 5 years before the Flood, and Methuselah died the year of the Flood. Neither lived long enough to board the ark, although both possibly helped with its financing and construction. In addition to being Noah’s grandfather, Methuselah is also noteworthy for being the oldest man in the Bible at 969 years old. Enoch was Noah’s great-grandfather, and Jared was Noah’s great-great-grandfather. Enoch is noteworthy for being so righteous that God took him without his experiencing death (Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5).

6. Which of Jacob’s 12 sons was a mega-great-grandfather of Jesus through physical ancestry?
A. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn
B. Levi, father of the priestly tribe
C. Judah, who served as a hostage in Egypt
D. Joseph, savior of Israel in Egypt

Answer: B. Levi & C. Judah are both correct
This was a hard question. Many people probably answered “C. Judah” but for the wrong reason. The usual teaching on this topic is mistaken. The most commonly taught theory for Jesus’ ancestry uses the genealogies in Matthew 1 and Luke 3, but they are not relevant for answering this particular question. That’s because they are both genealogies of Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph who was a descendant of King David of the tribe of Judah. But Jesus was NOT a physical descendant of His adoptive father Joseph.
Jesus’ physical descent must be traced through His mother Mary, since he was born of a virgin without a human father through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible does not explicitly state Mary’s tribe. Many people have the mistaken view that Luke’s genealogy of Jesus through Joseph son of Eli (Heli in KJV) is really that of Jesus through Mary. They presume Mary to be the daughter of Eli and suppose Joseph to be Eli’s son-in-law. But this is wrong. Luke 3 is truly Joseph’s genealogy, not Mary’s. Read my article Genealogies of Jesus to learn why the Matthew and Luke genealogies cannot be for Mary and for the explanation of why there are two different genealogies of Joseph.
What is found in Scripture about Jesus’ physical ancestry through Mary?
Mary’s tribe was the priestly tribe of Levi. This is because Mary was a relative of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:26-27; 35-36). These verses use the Greek word συγγενής (suggenēs) meaning blood relative, although it is variously translated “relative” or “cousin” or “kinswoman” in English Bible versions. Elizabeth was most likely Mary’s cousin or aunt, and thus Mary and Elizabeth shared common ancestors.
Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah the priest and mother of John the Baptist, was a daughter of Aaron of the tribe of Levi (Luke 1:5). Here is how we know from Scripture that Elizabeth was also a descendant of Judah.
Aaron of the tribe of Levi married Elisheba of the tribe of Judah. (Exodus 6:23; Numbers 1:1-16) Thus all descendants of Aaron were descendants of both Levi (through Aaron) and Judah (through Aaron’s wife Elisheba). This means Elizabeth and Mary were physical descendants of both Levi and Judah since they were descendants of Aaron and Elisheba.
Thus Jesus was a legal descendant of Judah through his adoptive father Joseph and a physical descendant of Levi and Judah through His mother Mary, a descendant of Aaron and Elisheba. In this way Jesus could legitimately serve as both Priest and King.
Click Genealogies of Jesus for more on Jesus’ genealogy.

7. Who was King David’s great-great-grandmother?
A. Ruth
B. Naomi
C. Sarah
D. Rahab

Answer: D. Rahab (Ruth 4:13-22; Matthew 1:4-6)
Nahshon was the military leader of the tribe of Judah, the largest of the 12 tribal armies. Nahshon’s son Salmon married Rahab, the former harlot of Jericho. It is likely that Salmon was one of the two young men whom Joshua sent as spies to Jericho and who were hidden by Rahab in exchange for the safety of her family. Rahab gave a clear expression of her faith in God to Joshua’s spies, saying, “For the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:11) She demonstrated the reality of her faith by hiding the spies from the king of Jericho and then sending them safely away (Joshua 2). The son of Salmon and Rahab was Boaz who fathered Obed by Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Obed fathered Jesse, the father of King David. Rahab was the mega-great-grandmother of Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus.

8. Who was the great-grandfather of King Solomon?
A. Eliam
B. Ahithophel
C. Jesse
D. Boaz

Answer: B. Ahithophel (2 Samuel 11:3; 23:34; 16:23; 15:12; 15:31-34)
Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba the daughter of Eliam and granddaughter of Ahithophel, whose name ironically means, “brother of foolishness.” Both David and his son Absalom esteemed the counsel of Ahithophel as if it were the word of God. It is likely that the human agency of Solomon’s wisdom was inheritance from his maternal great-grandfather Ahithophel. It is also likely that David’s sin with Ahithophel’s granddaughter Bathsheba and her husband Uriah was a big factor in Ahithophel deserting David and switching over to advise David’s son Absalom in his rebellion against his father David.
Eliam was Solomon’s maternal grandfather. Jesse was Solomon’s paternal grandfather. Boaz was his paternal great-great-grandfather.

Delivering firewood to Grandpa’s campsite

9. Whose grandfather was punished with leprosy?
A. Uzziah
B. Jotham
C. Ahaz
D. Nebuchadnezzar

Answer: C. Ahaz
(2 Chronicles 26:16-27:9)
King Uzziah, father of Jotham, was struck by God with leprosy for entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar, a duty of priests alone. Jotham served as co-regent with his leprous father. Ahaz was Jotham’s son and successor.

10. Who was the grandfather of brothers Shear-jashub and Maher-shalal-hash-baz?
A. Amoz
B. Isaiah
C. Amaziah
D. Hilkiah

Answer: A. Amoz (Isaiah 1:1; 7:1-3; 8:1-4)
Shear-jashub and Maher-shalal-hash-baz were the sons of Isaiah the prophet whose name means “God Is Salvation.” Isaiah was the son of Amoz.
Shear-jashub means “A remnant shall return.” This very name of Isaiah’s eldest son was a message to Ahaz that the nation would not be completely destroyed in its current war against Israel and Syria. The youngest son’s name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz means “Spoil quickly, plunder speedily” referring to Assyria plundering Syria and Israel.
According to the Jewish Talmud, Isaiah’s father Amoz was the brother of King Amaziah of Judah. Amaziah fathered King Uzziah during whose reign Isaiah began his ministry. Some traditions identify Amoz as the man of God of 2 Chronicles 25:5–10 who urged Amaziah to dismiss the 100,000 Israelite mercenaries that he had hired for battle against the Edomites.
Hilkiah was the High Priest during the reign of King Josiah nearly a century after Isaiah began to minister. He is known for finding in the temple a copy of the Law, probably Deuteronomy, during Josiah’s reforms. This may be the same Hilkiah who was the father of Jeremiah the prophet.

11. Who was Timothy’s grandmother?
A. Lois
B. Eunice
C. Dorcas
D. Priscilla

Answer: A. Lois (2 Timothy 1:5)
This is a good example of the blessing and influence of a God-fearing grandparent. Paul implies that faith first dwelt in Timothy’s grandmother Lois and mother Eunice before taking root in Timothy as a result of his grandmother’s and mother’s teaching.

12. Which one of Jacob’s sons was the Apostle Paul’s mega-great-grandfather?
A. Reuben
B. Levi
C. Judah
D. Benjamin

Answer: D. Benjamin (Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5)
Paul was a Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin. His original name was Saul. He was possibly named for Saul, the first king of Israel, who was also of the tribe of Benjamin.

Permission to Use

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Questions to Ponder

1. Would you like to share a sentence of tribute to one of your grandparents?
2. Which quiz question was hardest for you? Which was easiest? Which was the most interesting?

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

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

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Bible Grandparents Quiz

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Wednesday September 8, 2021 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 1, 2021

Bible Grandparents Quiz

(4 Minute Read. 1Sep2021)

Three Grandmothers — Five Generations
Great-grandmother, Great-great-grandmother,
Baby, Grandmother, Mother

The Bible is full of grandparents who greatly influenced the course of history through their children, grandchildren, and subsequent generations.

The Sunday following Labor Day is National Grandparents’ Day in the U.S. This year it falls on Sunday September 12, 2021. It is a day to show special honor to grandparents for their love, work, and sacrifice in raising and providing for children and grandchildren.

How well do you know the Bible Grandparents? Do you know your Bible Grandparents as well as you can whiz through celebrity grandparents?

Here is a quiz I put together on Grandparents in the Bible. All the answers are in the Bible, but the answers will also appear in next Wednesday’s blog post Bible Grandparents Quiz Answers preceding National Grandparents’ Day.

Some of these quiz questions are easy and some are hard, but all are intriguing. And all prompt reflection on the Scriptural context of the family relationships. Try to answer first without using the Bible. Some questions have more than one correct answer, so be sure to carefully consider all listed responses. Enjoy!

12 Quiz Questions on Bible Grandparents

1. Who are the grandparents of the first grandson named in the Bible?
A. Adam and Eve
B. Cain and his wife
C. Lamech and Adah
D. Lamech and Zillah

2. Who did not have a grandfather?
A. Methuselah
B. Noah
C. Seth
D. Enoch

3. Adam is the father of the human race. Who is another man who is the mega-great-grandfather of all humans alive today?
A. Seth
B. Enoch
C. Methuselah
D. Noah

4. Who was Isaac’s grandfather?
A. Nahor
B. Terah
C. Laban
D. Bethuel

5. Who was Noah’s grandfather?
A. Jared
B. Enoch
C. Methuselah
D. Lamech

6. Which of Jacob’s 12 sons was a mega-great-grandfather of Jesus through physical ancestry?
A. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn
B. Levi, father of the priestly tribe
C. Judah, who served as a hostage in Egypt
D. Joseph, savior of Israel in Egypt

7. Who was King David’s great-great-grandmother?
A. Ruth
B. Naomi
C. Sarah
D. Rahab

8. Who was the great-grandfather of King Solomon?
A. Eliam
B. Ahithophel
C. Jesse
D. Boaz

The Best Grandparents Day Gift
Lots of Firewood

9. Whose grandfather was punished with leprosy?
A. Uzziah
B. Jotham
C. Ahaz
D. Nebuchadnezzar

10. Who was the grandfather of brothers Shear-jashub and Maher-shalal-hash-baz?
A. Amoz
B. Isaiah
C. Amaziah
D. Hilkiah

11. Who was Timothy’s grandmother?
A. Lois
B. Eunice
C. Dorcas
D. Priscilla

12. Which one of Jacob’s sons was the Apostle Paul’s mega-great-grandfather?
A. Reuben
B. Levi
C. Judah
D. Benjamin

Permission to Use

In the past, some readers have asked permission to use my quizzes with Sunday Schools, Bible study groups, or other applications. I give permission for such use provided the source website is included. For this quiz, please credit the quiz to the Bible-Science Guy Blog at https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2021/09/01/bible-grandparents-quiz/.

Click Bible-Science Guy Quizzes for a complete list of links to all my quizzes.

Questions to Ponder

1. Would you like to share a sentence of tribute to one of your grandparents?
2. Which quiz question was hardest for you? Which was easiest? Which was the most interesting?

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

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

Read the sequel:
Bible Grandparents Quiz Answers

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Wednesday September 1, 2021 A.D.

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 25, 2021

Owls in the Campground

(3 Minute Read. 25Aug2021)

Owls have long fascinated me, but I have not been able to observe them very often in the wild. But one night last January my wife and I were treated to a pair of Great Horned Owls hooting from their roost in the top of a tall cottonwood tree by our house. The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in North America with a year-round range throughout the continent.

Then at a campground this summer I came across this juvenile Great Horned Owl early one morning. He was sitting very still at the base of a tree. We passed by him several times that day, but by evening he was gone. We learned that it is common for young owls to be on the ground near their nest.

Just as we refer to a herd of cows, a troop of monkeys, or a school of fish, do you know the collective name for a group of owls? Here are your choices, and the answer is at the end of this article.
A) Senate
B) Flock
C) Parliament
D) Hoot

Owl Pellets & Prey Bones
(Click to enlarge. Note quarter for scale.)

We found lots of evidence of owls when we camped along the shore of a lake. Some of the evidence we collected for this picture. After killing prey with their sharp talons and beaks, owls generally swallow their prey whole. Later they regurgitate the prey’s indigestible parts like bones and fur in the form of “pellets.” Due to the size of the pellets we found, I think they were from Great Horned Owls.

At the top right of the picture is an undisturbed furry pellet. In the cardboard box is a pellet partially dissolved by rain. Below the pellets are bones from a variety of small mammals that we extracted from two other owl pellets. Notice jaw bones with teeth, a spinal column, a collar bone, leg bones, and two partial skulls. My wife and I marvelled and were filled with wonder at the detail and precision of these teeny tiny working parts designed by the Great Creator.

Divine Design of Owls

The Great Creator gifted owls some unique anatomical features.

Owls do not have eyeballs. They have eyetubes. These eyetubes provide binocular vision that improves depth perception and facilitates hunting prey. Some owls can see a vole half a mile away.

The eyetubes are immobile, so owls rotate their heads up to 270 degrees instead of moving their eyes. Their flexible necks have 14 vertebrae compared to seven for humans. When their neck rotation cuts off circulation, a blood-pooling system that has collected blood supports their brains and eyes till circulation is restored.

Most owls have asymmetrical ears located at different heights on their heads. This enables them to pinpoint sound locations in preparation for a prey strike. Owls determine the direction of a sound from the tiny difference in time that it takes for sounds to reach their left and right ears. Owls turn their heads until the sound reaches both ears at the same time. Then the owl is directly facing the sound source.

The maximum time difference between ears is only about 30 millionths of a second. Imagine the intricate brain structure the Great Creator designed to enable owls to use such minute differences to locate prey.

The owl’s circular facial ruff of feathers can be adjusted to help focus sounds onto their ears. It is like how sounds are louder and clearer when you cup your hands behind your ears. Owl hearing is about 10 times better than that of humans.

Due to the silent flight of owls, prey usually do not sense owls’ presence till it is too late. Serrated edges on the leading edge of owls’ flight feathers muffle the wing beats. This makes an owl’s flight practically silent.

An owl’s powerful talons and hooked beak are formidable weapons in catching and subduing prey. Owl talons are sharp and curved. Owls kill prey by crushing the skull and severing the spinal cord. The talons of a Great Horned Owl can exert a crushing and gripping force of over 30 lbs.

Owl beaks are short, curved, and downward-facing with a hook at the tip for gripping prey. The sharp upper and lower bills tear prey via a scissoring action. The downward-facing triangular beak directs sound into the ears without deflecting sound waves away from the face. It also leaves a clear field of vision for the owl.

Great Horned Owls eat a vast variety of mammals, from tiny mice and voles to porcupines and possums to rabbits and skunks. They can carry four times their own weight. They also attack and eat other birds like swans, herons, cranes, loons, and geese as well as other raptors like hawks, falcons, and smaller owls. A Great Horned Owl’s menu includes young alligators, snakes (including rattlesnakes and cottonmouths), and carrion. This last item is undoubtedly why owls are classified as unclean in the Old Testament so that the Israelites could not eat them (Leviticus 11:13-18; Deuteronomy 14:11-17).

Mammals are owls’ top prey, and birds are second. But owls will eat almost any small animal. A family of barn owls will consume over 3,000 rodents in a nesting season.

Great Horned Owls (GHOs) are fiercely savage. They have been known to attack bobcats. In a Great Horned Owl vs. Eagle battle, do not bet on the eagle. GHOs have been known to commandeer eagle nests, driving the eagles away. This victory is despite the fact that eagles run about 14 pounds compared to three for GHOs, and an eagle’s wing span is seven feet compared to five for a Great Horned Owl.

Answer to Owl Quiz Question

A group of owls is called a parliament. C.S. Lewis’ description of a parliamentary meeting of owls in The Chronicles of Narnia is the genesis for this term for a group of owls.

Questions to Ponder

1. Did you learn anything new about owls? Did it lift your spirit in awe to praise owls’ Great Creator?
2. Why would an owl need to turn its head 3/4 of the way around?

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

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

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The Pilate Syndrome

(3 Minute Read. 18Aug2021)

Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea under the Roman Emperor Tiberius for about 10 years (26/27 to 36/37 AD). He presided over Jesus’ trial and ordered His crucifixion.

Pilate: “Behold the Man”
Oil painting by Antonio Ciseri (1821–1891)

There is a striking Bible passage reporting on Jesus’ trial before Pilate. The verses shed light on Pilate’s character. I call it the Pilate Syndrome.
Now at the feast he [Pilate] used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested. The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them. Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify Him!” But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!” Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:6-15)

Pilate had decided that Jesus was innocent of the charges. He said,
“You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him.” . . . And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death.”
(Luke 23:14-15,22. Cf. John 18:38; 19:4; 19:6)

Pilate repeatedly declared that Jesus was not guilty. Nevertheless, when Pilate was confronted by the mob demanding, “Crucify Him!” Pilate gave in to the mob:
Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:15)

Pilate was more loyal to the haranguing mob than to his responsibility to render judgment with truth and fairness. The pressure of the crowd squeezed him to abandon what he knew was right and just.

Another example of someone in the Bible with the Pilate Syndrome is King Herod who ruled over Galilee. He is also known as Herod Antipas or Herod the Tetrarch. John the Baptist had been telling Herod that it was not lawful for Herod to have his brother Philip’s wife Herodias. As a result, Herod wanted to put John to death, but Herod feared the crowd and refrained. Later Herod made a rash, wide-open offer to Herodias’ daughter because she pleased him with a dance. When the gift she asked for was John’s head on a platter, Herod was grieved. But because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests, Herod ordered John beheaded. (Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:14-28)

Both Pilate and Herod were Roman rulers over Jewish regions. One might think that powerful government rulers would be able to withstand the pressure of public opinion, but often that is not the case. In these two instances, the pressure of others’ opinions constrained Pilate’s and Herod’s decisions and actions. They were influenced to make fatal errors of judgment.

Today many Christians suffer from the Pilate Syndrome: wishing to satisfy the crowd. They embrace secular ideas in distinct contradiction with Biblical truth. Many “progressive” Christians support politically correct cultural trends which directly violate the moral teachings of the Bible. Often the motivation is to harmonize with their peers — the Pilate Syndrome. They care more about what their friends think than what Jesus thinks. They listen to ideas around them and veer away from Scriptural truth.

The Pilate Syndrome is frequently apparent on social media. Rarely does one see people asking, “What does the Scripture say about . . .?” Instead, people tend to ask, “What does everyone think about . . .?” Even on issues outside the purview of Scripture, people want to know what others think rather than making up their own minds.

Society is badly confused on issues like origins, salvation, abortion, purity, sexual fulfillment, gender, and marriage. Christians should not be confused, as the Bible is crystal clear. These are not complicated issues. The Great Creator has spoken clearly. Christians should be faithful to their Lord, not to culture and social pressures.

The Apostle Paul expresses it this way:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Jesus Himself gave the key to avoiding deception:
If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The Great Creator calls believers to stand strong with courage and conviction for Biblical truth. Resist cultural pressure. Speak and live truth with clarity, wisdom, and grace. Resist the Pilate Syndrome.

Questions to Ponder

1. What are some examples of the Pilate Syndrome you’re familiar with today?
2. What pressure will you encounter some day soon? How can you plan ahead to stand firm on Biblical truth and not exhibit the Pilate Syndrome when the pressure hits?

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

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