Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 1, 2023

Kepler the Snow Commando

(3 Minute Read. 1Feb2023)

Kepler
Frolicking in the Snow

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

Can you guess my favorite color?

It is likely not your favorite color, but it’s one you see every day.

My favorite color is . . .

WHITE!

I like almost anything white — white dogs, white rice, and even white snow.

But I like my white coat best of all. It helps me be invisible in snow. And last week the Great Creator sent eight inches of snow for me to play in.

One big deal about snow is that it makes me less visible to the squirrels in our backyard. I lie quietly in the snow with my brown head buried except for my nose. Then I leap after Mr. Squirrel when he gets close.

I have been asking Master to cut down the trees in our backyard because Mr. Squirrel scampers up a tree and gets away too often. And he traverses the yard leaping from branch to branch without coming down onto the ground where I can grab him.

Master loves firewood, and I have pointed out that cutting down the trees would give us lots of good maple wood for fires. But he wants to keep the trees for shade. And he says chasing squirrels and jumping up against tree trunks is good exercise for me.

Just as I like to trick squirrels and catch them, other creatures have stratagems for capturing prey or evading predators. Missus told me that the Great Creator has designed many animals with ways to trick or elude adversaries.

Comet Moth

One example is the comet moth. It has long tail streamers (like a comet) to disrupt the the echolocation signals of hungry bats. The tail streamers deflect echoes away from the moth’s body. The moths also can partially absorb ultrasound so that bats receive a dampened echo. These deflection and absorption functions make the moth invisible to the bat so it can’t find and eat the moth.

What a marvelous defense mechanism the Great Creator designed for the comet moth!

The comet moth is native to the rain forests of Madagascar. It is one of the world’s largest silk moths with a wingspan of nearly eight inches. It is also called the Madagascan moon moth.

The life of the fragile comet moth is fleeting. The adult does not feed and only lives for four to five days. Yet the Great Creator has still equipped it with a complex defense system against bats.

This made me wonder what the Great Creator gave me for protection. As I pondered this, I thought of several:
– My white coat with brown markings makes me hard to see in many environments.
– My superb nose alerts me to smells of danger.
– My quick reflexes and speedy running help me escape dangers.
– My sensitive whiskers and their nerve impulses warn of hazards to my head.
– My barks summon help when needed.

I have learned that the Great Creator has supplied all His creatures with special gifts for survival.

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. What three gifts of the Great Creator make you most thankful?
2. What unique animal trait impresses you with the Great Creator’s design?

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

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

This is the 51st 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 9-50 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
47. Kepler Hates This Word
48. Kepler and the FRIB
49. Kepler Finds Strange Creature
50. Kepler on Dawgs & Frogs

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

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
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Wednesday February 1, 2023 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 | January 25, 2023

Multiverse or Universe?

(3 Minute Read. 25Jan2023)

Whirlpool Galaxy
First spiral galaxy discovered (1773).
Over 100 billion stars. 31 million light years from earth. 76,000 light years across.
Companion galaxy NGC 5195 at top.

Do parallel universes exist?

Is there really such a thing as the multiverse?

The multiverse is the idea that our universe is just one of infinitely many different parallel universes. Each of these universes might have different physical constants and its own different laws of physics.

This multiverse notion has been promoted in movies, TV shows, books, and articles. But is it legitimate? From where did this multiverse notion originate?

The multiverse notion is what is called a rescuing device. The idea resulted from trying to rescue the Big Bang from its own inconsistencies.

In order to address contradictions and major theoretical problems with the Big Bang Theory of origins, secular cosmologists came up with a rescuing device or wiggle factor. They postulated a huge, hypothetical, rapid expansion of the early universe called inflation. They claim the universe blew up from an infinitesimal point to an unfathomably enormous size within its first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second.

Supposedly different regions of space stopped inflating at different times while other regions continued inflating. These non-inflating pockets surrounded by inflating space would become individual universes. Evolutionary cosmologists concluded that a post-Big-Bang inflation would never stop and would result in infinitely many universes in an enormous multiverse.

Evolutionists also had a philosophical impetus for the multiverse notion. If our universe with its apparent design is the only universe, then that suggests the conclusion that there should be a Designer and Creator. But if there are an infinite number of universes, then they can claim that the design of our universe for life could be a chance result among innumerable random universes and not be design at all. This is one more sophistry that evolutionary cosmologists use to deny the existence of a Creator.

It is crucial to understand that this multiverse notion is completely speculative. There is absolutely no observational or experimental evidence for it. And there never will be any such evidence because these other hypothesized universes are separated from us by such great ever-increasing distances that they cannot ever be accessed.

Thus the multiverse idea is not science. Remember that science is the study of the world through observation and tests using our five senses. And these imagined parallel universes are impossible to access. They can never be observed or tested.

The multiverse notion is literally science fiction. It is pure fantasy. There is no true science in any of this. It is nonsense.

The multiverse idea developed from atheistic efforts to formulate a naturalistic origin for the universe in order to deny the eyewitness historical account of creation that God gave in Genesis.

There is no multiverse. There are no parallel universes. There is only the universe in which we live that Yahweh created.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
It is Yahweh who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom. By His understanding He stretched out the heavens. (Jeremiah 10:12)

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you been hoodwinked by this multiverse deception? Are you tempted to start a whimsical statement by saying,
“In another universe . . .”
2. What striking evidence of the Great Creator’s fabulous design did you notice today?

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

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

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
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“for the defense of the gospel”
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Wednesday January 25, 2023 A.D.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. (Psalms 19:1 ESV)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 18, 2023

Man Born Blind Does Apologetics

(4 Minute Read. 18Jan2023)

Healing of the Man Born Blind
(El Greco, 1567)

The disciples of Jesus once asked Him something astonishing. They questioned Him about an unborn baby sinning while still in his mother’s womb!

Seeing a man born blind, the disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” (John 9:2)

This was a deep philosophical question. The disciples’ question presumes the man could have sinned while still in his mother’s womb and that his blindness could be a result of that sin. They assumed that the only two causes for his blindness were either his own sin or his parents’ sin.

Jesus did not dispute the thesis that sin in the womb could occur. Rather He said that in this circumstance, neither the man’s own sin nor that of his parents was the cause of the man being born blind. Instead He ascribed the cause to the sovereign will of God.
Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9:3)

Jesus was essentially saying that this man was born blind by the explicit will of God — which actually brought with it a tremendous privilege! His condition had the wonderful purpose of later exhibiting the glory of God when Jesus healed him. It was the Great Creator’s plan for the man to be blind until that very moment when he met Jesus.

So how was the work of God, planned before the man’s birth, displayed in the blind man?

It was done through the mind-blowing miracle of Jesus giving sight to the man born blind. Who could do such a thing except God? Ordinary humans absolutely could not do it. It must be from God. It was evidence that the Jesus was God.

The blind man is not named in Scripture. But according to the traditions of the Catholic Church and Eastern Christianity, the blind man’s name was Celidonius.

The Jews’ Challenge

Like today’s football coaches, the Jewish leaders threw a “challenge flag” after the miracle. They did not believe the miracle because such a thing was obviously impossible.
The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, and questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he shall speak for himself.”
(John 9:18-21)

First-Century Apologetics

How did the man born blind answer the Jews’ challenge? What was his argument?

First he provided hard indisputable evidence. He could now see!
So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.” He therefore answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.”
(John 9:24-25)

When the Pharisees continued their interrogation about how he was healed, the man stung them with a penetrating rhetorical question:
He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples too, do you?” And they reviled him, and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses; but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.”
(John 9:27-29)

Finally, the man born blind concluded his defense with an unassailable argument.
“Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:30-33)

The man born blind was not in the least intimidated by the Pharisees and their investigation. He gave them a definitive answer and explanation. Who can do such things apart from the power of God?

The man born blind was right. He clearly saw that his healing was proof that Jesus was God. So he worshiped Jesus.
Jesus heard that they had put him out; and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “And who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. (John 9:35-38)

Never feel intimidated to defend your faith in the Great Creator God of the Bible! Speak up with the boldness and confidence of this man born blind who had seen God’s work in his life.

Do You Get the Point?

The blind man’s point was that Jesus must be from God because of the eye-opening miracle He did. It is something that only God could do. He articulated this point forcefully with clear logic to the religious and political leaders of his day. His argument actually applies quite well to all the miracles of Jesus.

The man born blind saw the truth about Jesus. The Pharisees, who were born seeing, were blind to the truth about Jesus.

May God grant us the eyes of the blind man to see the truth about Jesus. This miraculous event is a stirring challenge to follow the example of the man born blind in defending faith in Jesus and in worshipping Him!

Questions to Ponder

1. Are there works of God that people today refuse to accept?
2. The theory of evolution is one of the biggest denials of the work of God. What words of truth can you prepare to respond to an evolutionary comment?
3. What can you do today to build up your apologetics arsenal in defense of faith in Jesus?

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

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

This is the 12th article in the series on Apologists in the Bible. An apologist is one who gives a logical argument in defense of faith in God.
Read the prequels:
1. Elijah Does Apologetics
2. Peter Does Apologetics
3. Paul Does Apologetics
4. John Does Apologetics
5. Jesus Does Apologetics
6. Job Gets a Dose of Apologetics
7. Matthew Does Apologetics with a Sword
8. David Does Apologetics with a Sling
9. Luke Does Apologetics with a Pen
(with video)
10. Moses Does Apologetics with Plagues
11. Jude Urges Apologetics

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

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 18, 2023 A.D.

Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 11, 2023

Kepler on Dawgs & Frogs

(4 Minute Read. 11Jan2023)

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

Master has been encouraging me to write more because people say they like the way I think and enjoy my reports of my adventures. So here goes with more Kepler thoughts.

Recently I have been hearing about Bulldogs fighting Horned Frogs in the news. And whenever newscasts mention dogs, I pay close attention.

Kepler Loves Bulldogs

Now I really like bulldogs. I have met many throughout my campground travels. I especially enjoyed Spike, an almost completely white English bulldog. Of course I think white dogs are the best.

Spike looked sad the day I met him last summer. He said a black French poodle had pranced by with campers who remarked on how ugly Spike was.

I learned from Spike that the Great Creator gave Spike his “ugliness” for a reason. Spike’s job as a bulldog is to grab on with his jaws, to hold on, and to never let go.

Spike told me that his well-set-back nose permits him to maintain his jaw grip and still breathe. His loosely-wrinkled face skin provides channels to drain dripping blood away from his eyes and air passages as he hangs on. Made good sense to me!

Master likes bulldogs too. He has roots in Georgia, so he likes the University of Georgia football team, often called the Dawgs. The Georgia Bulldogs won the CFP National Championship last year over Alabama 33-18 after earning that berth with a semifinal victory over Michigan 34-11.

When I heard CFP, I just knew it meant Constantly Feeding Pets. I got very excited because I only get one meal a day and I’m always hungry. But Master said CFP stands for College Football Playoff.

This year the University of Georgia Bulldogs were again in the CFP National Championship game after a thrilling come-from-behind semifinal victory over Ohio State 42-41. Georgia’s head coach Kirby Smart always emphasizes winning the 4th quarter, and Georgia did just that as they outscored Ohio State 18-3 in the fourth to win the game.

Master has the same fixation with finishing the course well. He and Missus love these “fourth quarter” verses that encourage pressing on well to the end:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; (Philippians 1:27)

On Monday, January 9, the undefeated University of Georgia Bulldogs (14-0) faced the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (13-1) in the CFP National Championship game. The Bulldogs totally outplayed the Horned Frogs, dominating throughout the game. The Bulldogs won 65-7.

This was the first back-to-back championship in the CFP era. The 58-point margin was the greatest of any national championship game in history. It was also the greatest margin of any bowl game ever. Georgia has now won 33 of its last 34 games; 30 were won by 10 or more points.

Master and Missus watched the entire game with me. Missus was fairly voluble cheering for Georgia, and I even heard Master grunt with approval several times.

Fighting Okra
Mascot of Delta State Univ
Cleveland, MS

Kepler Ponders Horned Frogs

Now I have seen dozens of frogs at campgrounds all over the country, but I have never seen a single one with horns. I wondered who picked a made-up animal symbol like the Horned Frog for a mascot.

Horned Frogs could challenge these mascots for Worst Mascot Ever:
Maryland Terrapins (Turtles)
UC Irvine Anteaters
Delta State Fighting Okra of Cleveland, MS
Evergreen State Geoducks of Olympia, Washington
UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs

Just imagine going to a sporting event at UC Santa Cruz and having to yell, “Go Banana Slugs!” And who thought a vegetable with boxing gloves was a good mascot? Even worse, a geoduck is not a duck but the world’s largest burrowing clam weighing over two pounds. Maybe Horned Frogs is not such a bad mascot after all.

So what is a Horned Frog?

Guess what! I learned that the Horned Frog is real! It really is not a frog but a lizard, and should be called a Horned Lizard. But its round body and short snout make it look more like a frog than a lizard. Horned Frogs (Lizards) are mostly found in Texas. They are generally docile and non-threatening.

Texas Horned Lizard
(Horned Frog)

I was not surprised to learn that these unusual creatures run around Texas. When Master took me camping at Palo Duro Canyon in west Texas, I saw a centipede as long as Master’s foot! Texas also has horribly ugly things called armadillos wandering loose all over the state.

The Great Creator equipped Horned Frogs with several useful defenses. Their good camouflage makes them hard to see as shown in the picture. If threatened, they can puff up their body to appear bigger. Their bony horns make them difficult for predators to eat. Finally, a horned frog can shoot blood up to five feet out of its eyes! It can increase the blood pressure in the eyelid vessels which then erupt. The ejectant also contains a foul-tasting chemical that deters predators.

Master and I are continually awed by the Great Creator‘s ingenuity. We see so many amazing and unusual creatures He made.

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. What special characteristic has God given you that fits you for His particular purpose and calling in your life?
2. How can you train for a victorious “fourth quarter” in the game of life?

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 50th 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 9-50 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
47. Kepler Hates This Word
48. Kepler and the FRIB
49. Kepler Finds Strange Creature

Read the sequel:
51. Kepler the Snow Commando

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 11, 2023 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 | January 4, 2023

Best of 2022

(5 Minute Read. 4Jan2023)

Best of 2022
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Did the Bible-Science Guy Blog inform you, challenge you, and perhaps even spur you to action in 2022? I hope and pray that it did.

I published 52 weekly blog posts in 2022. For the 2022 post links, click
Bible-Science Guy 2022 Posts.

Solely for the glory of God, here are some statistical highlights for the blog for 2022. Following the stats, don’t miss the recap of the Best Bible-Science Guy Articles from 2022.

Blog Stats for 2022

In 2022, 23,339 readers from 178 countries viewed the Bible-Science Guy Blog 37,312 times. Followers of the blog numbered 1,344 at year’s end.

Here are the Top Ten countries in descending order of total views in 2021:

1. United States – 24,279 views         6. Australia – 882 views
2. United Kingdom   – 2,021 views         7. South Africa   – 563 views
3. Canada – 1,426 views         8. Nigeria – 464 views
4. Philippines – 1,255 views         9. New Zealand – 384 views
5. India – 995 views         10. Hong Kong – 282 views

 
Wednesday was the most popular day of the week to read the blog in 2022 with 16% of the blog views occurring on that day — probably because Wednesday is the day I publish the weekly blog post. (But this does not count blog posts read in email by subscribed followers.) This means viewership is fairly evenly spread throughout the week, since an equal distribution of views throughout the week would have 14.3% per day of the week.

The 52 new articles for 2022 for the Bible-Science Guy Blog averaged 1,386 words each, about a 4-minute read. January was the busiest month of 2022 with 2,803 readers and 4,671 views. April was the slowest month with 1,418 readers and 2,195 views.

The Bible-Science Guy Blog started in October 2007. To learn the essence of this BibleScienceGuy website and my reasons for writing the articles, click Why Do I Write the Bible-Science Guy Blog? The BibleScienceGuy website now comprises 861 posts, 87 newspaper articles, and 10 tab pages for a total of 958 items. During 2022, exactly 326 of these 958 items were viewed at least 10 times each. Over the life of the blog, 551,208 readers have viewed the blog 936,485 times, as of the end of 2022.

The 10 articles with the most views during 2022 were all published in prior years. Of the 66 articles with 100 or more views during 2022, only 3 were published in 2022. Thus 63 of the 66 most-viewed articles were published in previous years. This illustrates the enduring relevance of the Bible-Science Guy blog articles — all thanks be to God! New posts were also received by email by 1,135 weekly subscribers, but reading the articles in email is not tallied in the statistics for readers and views.

Here are the 10 articles that had the most views during 2022, listed with original publication dates.

1. Who Got Married at Cana? (Jun 19, 2019) – 2,711 views.
2. Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth (Nov 23, 2016) – 2,449 views.
3. How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 2,021 views.
4. Christmas Spoiler Alert (Dec 2, 2020) – 981 views.
5. Joseph’s Grain Silos Found in Egypt? (Jul 10, 2008) – 787 views.
6. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents (Jan 18, 2017) – 708 views.
7. Did Jesus Believe in Adam? (Oct 7, 2015) – 681 views.
8. Unclean Lips (Sep 25, 2019) – 617 views.
9. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics       (Apr 26, 2017) – 535 views.
10. Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 534 views.

 

Here are the 10 articles with the all-time most views since the beginning of the Bible-Science Guy Blog in October 2007 through the end of 2022, listed with original publication dates.

1. How Many Died in Noah’s Flood? (Jun 18, 2014) – 119,343 views.
2. Tower of Babel – What Did It Look Like? (Mar 20, 2013) – 37,117 views.
3. Tower of Babel – Where? (Mar 13, 2013) – 34,735 views.
4. Orion & the Pleiades Speak Truth (Nov 23, 2016) – 31,675 views.
5. Could Noah Fill the Earth? (May 28, 2014) – 23,225 views.
6. The Genesis Code (Feb 20, 2011) – 17,122 views.
7. Tower of Babel – When? (Apr 3, 2013) – 17,069 views.
8. Tower of Babel – How Many Languages? (Apr 24, 2013) – 16,123 views.
9. How Many Children Did Adam Have? (Apr 6, 2016) – 12,675 views.
10. Is 10 Trillion Flood Deaths Reasonable?     (Jun 25, 2014) – 11,236 views.

 

Best of 2022 Bible-Science Guy Articles

Below are my choices for the 12 Best Bible-Science Guy Blog Posts from 2022, listed in order of publication date. I chose the posts I liked best — the ones I found most interesting, most important, or best written. Other factors that influenced selection included reader views and feedback.

Science in the Bible – Bread (January 12)
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for people in the United States. Did you know that the Bible mentions a way to strengthen your heart that has been scientifically confirmed? It’s part of the Great Creator‘s benevolent design for the care of His people.
This is the 35th article in the
Science in the Bible series of blog posts.

Famous Thinkers – Patriot Is a Creationist (January 19)
A Connecticut patriot boldly proclaimed his faith in the Great Creator and credited the Lord with battlefield success. This Founding Father helped write the Declaration of Independence and is the only man who signed all four of America’s founding documents. Who is he? This is the 26th article in the Famous Thinkers series highlighting great men and women who believed in the Creator.

Robin Eggs at Campground

Robin or Robinosaurus? (May 25)
Did you know that most evolutionists maintain that birds evolved from dinosaurs? Did robins really descend from dinosaurs? If so, where is the Robinosaurus? Finding this nest of robin eggs at a campground prompted consideration of these questions. The sequels, Robins Hatch and Robin Mystery, reported on the development of the baby robins with pictures.

Shiphrah & Puah Cheer (June 29)
Do you know who Shiphrah and Puah are? Do you wonder why they were ecstatic this year?
Fearing God, Shiphrah and Puah boldly stood against an evil order to kill newborn babies thirty-five hundred years ago in Egypt. It is likely that Shiphrah and Puah witnessed (Hebrews 12:1) and rejoiced over June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that there is no right to kill unborn babies in the U.S. Constitution. In the majority opinion for the court, Justice Samuel Alito wrote: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

Kepler Finds Strange Creature (July 27)
Ambling through our campground, I (Kepler) found a dead animal. It looked like a very big overgrown rat with a pointy face, a long, hairless tail, and scraggly fur. Ugliest thing ever! But then the carcass vanished. Why did the Great Creator make the thing? What good is it? I learned it has many benefits. This was the 49th in a series of blog posts by a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. His only other blog post this year was Kepler and the FRIB.

BibleScienceGuy with Dr. Damadian
(October 2, 2015)

Remembering the Inventor of MRI
(August 17)
Dr. Raymond V. Damadian (1936-1922) was a world-famous medical doctor and inventor who revolutionized the field of medicine. He is best known for discovering and inventing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This diagnostic tool is now used worldwide to detect cancer. Damadian was a Biblical Creationist. He personally told me that he once thought evolution to be “science fiction,” but he now considered it “scientific nonsense.”

Fudging with Comets (September 28)
Most comets cannot last more than about 10,000 years. Then why do we still see comets if the Solar System is billions of years old? The multitude of visible comets is clear evidence that the Solar System is not billions of years old. But to counter this obvious conclusion, evolutionists have postulated a fudge factor. It has absolutely no evidence, but it is widely believed and taught. This is the final article in a series on comets. Other articles in the series include:
Curious Comets
Halley’s Comet
Halley’s Surprise

Mystery of the Missing Mass (October 5)
A great cosmic mystery currently flummoxes mainstream astronomers: there is too little observable mass to hold galaxies together. If galaxies are billions of years old as evolutionary astronomers believe, then there should be no galaxies in existence today; all galaxies should have disintegrated into individual stars eons ago. However, a change of perspective solves the mystery.

Having “The Talk” Goes Off-Track
(October 12)
In the TV comedy Everybody Loves Raymond, the title character Raymond was nervous about doing a “growing-up talk” with his 10-year-old daughter Ally. With five how-to books under his arm, Raymond went to her room expecting to discuss the process of reproduction. But what weighed on the young girl’s mind was a very different question: “Why did God put us here?” How would you answer?

Reindeer Don’t Fly (October 19)
Reindeer Don’t Fly is the intriguing title of an outstanding book by Michael Earl Riemer. The book is truly a masterpiece of logic, analysis, and science. This critique of evolutionary theory is devastatingly effective as it highlights the actual dearth of science in evolutionary theory and shows that it is merely a religion. Read this review of the book to learn the reason for the catchy title.

Noah Says Don’t Miss the Boat (November 30)
Noah preached to a sin-soaked world full of wickedness, violence, and evil. Noah’s message was essentially, “Judgment is coming! Don’t miss the boat!” But Noah preached in vain. His message was ignored. His hearers missed the boat!
The message for today is similar to the message Noah preached:
Judgment is coming! Don’t miss the boat! Turn to Jesus!
This is the 25th and final article in a year-long Series on Noah suggesting answers to many questions people have about Noah, Noah’s Ark, and Noah’s Flood. Some of the especially interesting articles in the series include:
Did Jesus Think Noah Was Real?
How Big Was Noah’s Ark?
Were Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Worldwide Memories
How Did Noah’s Kangaroos Get to Australia?
How Could Noah Love a God Who Killed So Many People?

Crammed (December 7)
Earth truly is crammed with the blessings of heaven. The universe is full of the presence and evidence of the Great Creator. Every sunrise, every star, every scenic vista speaks of the presence, power, and glory of the Great Creator. Many are unseeing, unaware of the hand of God in every blessing and every daily event. Are you someone who sees?

Questions to Ponder

1. Which is your favorite of all the 2022 Bible-Science Guy Articles? Why? (It does not have to be one from this Best of 2022 list.)
2. Which do you think is the best article to share with unbelievers to stimulate their consideration of Jesus of Nazareth?
3. Which do you think is the best article to share with believers to spur them to honor, worship, and glorify the Great Creator?
4. What topics would you like to see addressed in 2023?

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.

Peruse the other Best of Bible-Science Guy lists:
Best of 2007-2012
Best of 2013
Best of 2014
Best of 2015
Best of 2016
Best of 2017
Best of 2018
Best of 2019
Best of 2020
Best of 2021

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Wednesday January 4, 2023 A.D.

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

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 28, 2022

Footballer Says Get Understanding

(3 Minute Read plus video. 28Dec2022)

Deion Sanders was one of the best athletes to ever play professional sports. He was nicknamed “Prime Time” due to his many football highlight reels.

Recently he said something quite unusual for a football coach.

This YouTube video clip (1:27) is one of his famous punt returns for a touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1990. Notice how he starts highstepping and showboating as he crosses midfield.


 
Sanders played for 14 seasons (1989-2005) in the National Football League and for nine seasons (1989-2001) in Major League Baseball. He won two Super Bowl titles and played in one World Series making him the only person to play in both. During the 1989 season, he hit a major league home run for the Yankees and scored a touchdown for the Falcons, both in the same week. He is the only player ever to do both in the same week.

He is one of only two players to score an NFL touchdown in six different ways: punt return, kickoff return, interception return, receiving, rushing, and fumble recovery.

Sanders played college football under head coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State. Bowden said Sanders was his “measuring stick for athletic ability.” As a senior he won the award for the nation’s top defensive back.

Sanders was the head football coach at Jackson State University for three seasons from 2020 to 2022, compiling a 27−6 record. He led JSU to the school’s first undefeated regular season and to two consecutive bowl appearances. Near the end of the 2022 season, Sanders was named the head football coach for the Colorado Buffaloes.

In a press conference following Sanders’ appointment as the head football coach for the University of Colorado, he said this:
“After we leave you’ll see some positivity about what we did for Jackson State. I just pray to God that in all thy getting, get some understanding on change, and where it really starts. And it does not start in the football department.”

Deion Sanders
Hall of Fame cornerback
Washington Redskins, 2000

The emphasized portion of Sanders’ quote tweaks the ear as not-too-common English. That’s because it comes from the King James Version of the Biblical book of Proverbs:
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 KJV)

The verse Sanders quoted urges us to get wisdom and understanding.

Most people want wisdom and understanding. But . . .
How do I get wisdom?
How do I get understanding?

These verses from Proverbs give the answers.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)

The fear of the Lord involves a healthy respect for the Lord, recognizing that He is my Creator, I am His creature. He made me and therefore knows the rules by which I should live. The fear of the Lord involves obedience to His commands.

The knowledge of the Holy One comes through immersing myself in Scripture, the Word of the Holy One. It comes through life experience as I trust the Word and act on it.

According to this next pericope from Psalms, learning the fear of the Lord (which yields wisdom) involves speaking truth and justice, living righteously, and pursuing peace.
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:11-14)

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.
(Proverbs 2:6-7)

Questions to Ponder

1. What ”getting” absorbs your focus and energy today?
2. If you turned your heart right now to the fear of the Lord, what would that look like practically?

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

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

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Wednesday December 28, 2022 A.D.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
(Psalm 145:3-5)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 21, 2022

2022 Christmas Quiz Answers

(5 Minute Read. 21Dec2022)

Does God keep his promises?

The Apostle Matthew tells us that the birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of these words of the prophet Isaiah from around 700 BC:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Immanuel means “God with us.” (Matthew 1:22-23)

God coming to be with us and rescue us from sin and death is what we celebrate at Christmas.

To help us all focus on the true meaning of Christmas, last week I posted my
2022 Christmas Quiz consisting of 12 questions about Christmas.

If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, click 2022 Christmas Quiz to take the quiz before you look at the answers below.

Here are the 12 original quiz questions followed by answers and explanations. Links to supporting Bible verses are included with each answer for the Bible questions.

Questions & Answers for 2022 Christmas Quiz

1. Which Christmas carol appears the most frequently in movies?
A. Silent Night
B. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
C. Joy to the World
D. The First Noel

Answer: A. Silent Night
With 254 appearances, Silent Night leads among English-language Christmas carols according to a December 2015 analysis of IMDb data for movie soundtracks. Among English Christmas carols proclaiming Jesus’ birth, Joy to the World is second with 99 appearances, Hark the Herald Angels Sing is third with 88 appearances, God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen is fourth with 49 appearances, and The First Noel is fifth with 47 appearances.

2. Which of the following phrases was NOT in Mary’s song of praise at Elizabeth’s house, when Mary was pregnant with Jesus?
A. My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
B. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.
C. From this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is His name.
D. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.

Answer: B. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.
Choice B was not said by Mary. It was in the prophecy of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, upon naming his son John (Luke 1:67-68). Mary’s relative Elizabeth, the wife of Zacharias and the mother of John the Baptist, also spoke similar sounding phrases of rejoicing and praise, when Mary visited her shortly after conceiving the Savior (Luke 1:39-45). In this quiz question the other three choices A, C, and D come from Mary’s song, often called the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

3. What did Joseph plan to do when he first learned his fiancée Mary was pregnant?
A. He planned to have his parents quietly call off the wedding.
B. He planned to ask Mary to terminate the pregnancy.
C. He planned to send Mary to her aunt Elizabeth to have the baby in seclusion.
D. He planned to send Mary away secretly so as not to disgrace her.

Answer: D. He planned to send Mary away secretly so as not to disgrace her.
(Matthew 1:18-25)

4. Nativity scenes are NOT available in which of the following toy sets?
A. Lego
B. Playmobil
C. Peanuts
D. Mickey Mouse
E. Little People
F. Melissa and Doug

Answer: D. Mickey Mouse
Except for Mickey Mouse, all these toy sets have crèche sets for children. The picture shows one from Lego.

5. Which of the following was NOT one of the magi’s gifts to Jesus?
A. Gold
B. Silver
C. Frankincense
D. Myrrh

Answer: B. Silver (Matthew 2:11)
Upon seeing Jesus, the magi fell to the ground and worshiped Him. All three of their gifts were quite valuable. They were likely God’s provision for the expenses of the trip to escape Herod and the sojourn in Egypt.

6. What is frankincense?
A. A precious metal
B. A precious fabric
C. A precious incense/perfume
D. A precious oil/spice

Answer: C. A precious incense/perfume
Jewish priests used frankincense in temple worship of the Lord. It represented the magi’s homage to Jesus as God, and it was a symbol of His priesthood.

7. What is myrrh?
A. A precious metal
B. A precious fabric
C. A precious incense/perfume
D. A precious oil/spice

Answer: D. A precious oil/spice
Myrrh was an oil and spice used for embalming in New Testament times. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus buried Jesus with 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes bound in linen wrappings (John 19:38-40). King Herod was buried with over 150 pounds of myrrh wrapped in the burial clothes. Myrrh was also used as an analgesic. It was offered to Jesus to dull the pain on the cross, but He refused (Mark 15:22-25). The gift of myrrh foreshadowed Jesus’ future suffering and death.

8. What Christmas carol is played the most often in American churches in December?
A. O Holy Night
B. O Come All Ye Faithful
C. Silent Night
D. The First Noel

Answer: A. O Holy Night
A survey of 9,000 Christian churches showed the above four carols in that order were played the most often. Following in popularity were Joy To The World and Angels We Have Heard On High.

9. Which world leader was born on Christmas Day?
A. President Joe Biden of the U.S.
B. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
C. President Vladimir Putin of Russia
D. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Answer: B. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
He was born in Ottawa on December 25, 1971.

10. Which country has sent a Christmas tree for London’s Trafalgar Square every year since 1947?
A. United States
B. Poland
C. France
D. Norway

Answer: D. Norway
The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is usually a Norwegian spruce of age 50 to 60 years old from the forests surrounding Oslo. Norway sends a tree every year to thank Britain for its support during World War II. Norway’s King Haakon VII sent the first tree as a token of his gratitude. He had been forced to flee Norway and seek sanctuary in Britain when Nazi Germany invaded Norway. This year’s tree is the 75th tree from Norway for London’s central square. It is 68 feet tall.

11. Which ones of the following are NOT specifically mentioned in Scripture at the manger scene?
A. Magi (Wise men)
B. Shepherds
C. Stable
D. Sheep

Answer: A, C, D.
Shepherds did see Jesus the night He was born at the manger (Luke 2:15-17).
But the magi arrived well after His birth when He was a toddler in a house, probably close to two years old. The magi were not at the manger.
The Biblical birth accounts do not mention a stable nor sheep at the manger, although both are possibilities for the manger (feed-trough) setting.
If you missed answer “C. Stable,” don’t feel bad. Even the TV quiz show Jeopardy! made this mistake with the pictured item from the Double Jeopardy round during the episode that aired Friday, December 16, 2022.

12. If Santa used the Great Creator’s Ten Commandments as his standard for “naughty or nice,” would you rate as Naughty or Nice?
A. Nice, I’ve never lied or stolen anything. (Exodus 20:15-16)
B. Nice, I’ve never used God’s name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
C. Nice, I’ve never disrespected or disobeyed my parents.
    (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)
D. Nice, I’ve never lusted or sinned sexually. (Exodus 20:14,17; Matthew 5:27-28)
E. Naughty! I sin every day in thought, word, or deed. (Romans 3:10-23)

Answer: E. Naughty! I sin every day in thought, word, or deed.
It does not matter what Santa thinks, whether he decides you are “naughty” or “nice.” What matters is how you do on Judgment Day. Will you be innocent or guilty of breaking God’s law? What does your conscience say? Innocent or Guilty?
Estimating a minimum of three sins of thought, word, deed, or omission per day, gives about 1,100 sins every year and 77,000 sins in a 70-year lifetime. That is a lot of sin!
Thus we humans deserve the Great Creator’s righteous judgment. All who have broken God’s Law are guilty and justly deserve Hell.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

All of us are in dire need of mercy from the Great Judge of the universe.
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)

Happily, there is a way to avoid the Guilty verdict and punishment from the Judge.
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)
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)
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

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 2022 Christmas Quiz.

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

Christmas Harmony

Here is a Christmas Events Harmonization I prepared which I would read daily to the family during the Christmas season. It is a harmonization of the Gospel passages telling of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why were shepherds chosen for the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth? Why not either the Jewish rulers in Jerusalem or Caesar in Rome?
2. How can you ensure that you will receive mercy on Judgment Day?
3. How many quiz questions did you get right? Which question did you find hardest? 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 prequels:
2019 Christmas Quiz
2020 Christmas Quiz
2021 Christmas Quiz
2022 Christmas Quiz

Read the sequel:
2023 Christmas Quiz (coming December 2023)

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Wednesday December 21, 2022 A.D.

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 14, 2022

2022 Christmas Quiz

(3 Minute Read. 14Dec2022)

Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
(Isaiah 9:6-7)

This radiant hope and promise from the Word of God is particularly meaningful in our desperate days of anxiety, trouble, and distress. At this season of celebrating the Savior’s birth, these words ring out His eventual triumph.

Here is my annual Christmas Quiz reminding us all of the One who was born to die. Below are 12 quiz questions about Christmas. Try the quiz first without using the Bible or the Internet. Answers with comments will appear in next week’s blog post,
2022 Christmas Quiz Answers.

12 Quiz Questions for Christmas

1. Which Christmas carol appears the most frequently in movies?
A. Silent Night
B. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
C. Joy to the World
D. The First Noel

2. Which of the following phrases was NOT in Mary’s song of praise at Elizabeth’s house, when Mary was pregnant with Jesus?
A. My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
B. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.
C. From this time on all generations will count me blessed. For the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is His name.
D. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.

3. What did Joseph plan to do when he first learned his fiancée Mary was pregnant?
A. He planned to have his parents quietly call off the wedding.
B. He planned to ask Mary to terminate the pregnancy.
C. He planned to send Mary to her aunt Elizabeth to have the baby in seclusion.
D. He planned to send Mary away secretly so as not to disgrace her.

4. Nativity scenes are NOT available in which of the following toy sets?
A. Lego
B. Playmobil
C. Peanuts
D. Mickey Mouse
E. Little People
F. Melissa and Doug

5. Which of the following was NOT one of the magi’s gifts to Jesus?
A. Gold
B. Silver
C. Frankincense
D. Myrrh

6. What is frankincense?
A. A precious metal
B. A precious fabric
C. A precious incense/perfume
D. A precious oil/spice

7. What is myrrh?
A. A precious metal
B. A precious fabric
C. A precious incense/perfume
D. A precious oil/spice

8. What Christmas carol is played the most often in American churches in December?
A. O Holy Night
B. O Come All Ye Faithful
C. Silent Night
D. The First Noel

9. Which world leader was born on Christmas Day?
A. President Joe Biden of the U.S.
B. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
C. President Vladimir Putin of Russia
D. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

10. Which country has sent a Christmas tree for London’s Trafalgar Square every year since 1947?
A. United States
B. Poland
C. France
D. Norway

11. Which ones of the following are NOT specifically mentioned in Scripture at the manger scene?
A. Magi (Wise men)
B. Shepherds
C. Stable
D. Sheep

12. If Santa used the Great Creator’s Ten Commandments as his standard for “naughty or nice,” would you rate as Naughty or Nice?
A. Nice, I’ve never lied or stolen anything. (Exodus 20:15-16)
B. Nice, I’ve never used God’s name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)
C. Nice, I’ve never disrespected or disobeyed my parents.
    (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)
D. Nice, I’ve never lusted or sinned sexually. (Exodus 20:14,17; Matthew 5:27-28)
E. Naughty! I sin every day in thought, word, or deed. (Romans 3:10-23)

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 2022 Christmas Quiz.

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Christmas Harmony

Here is a Christmas Events Harmonization I prepared which I would read daily to the family during the Christmas season. It is a harmonization of the Gospel passages telling of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Questions to Ponder

1. What inaccuracies related to Jesus’ birth are often in circulation?
2. Why does it matter if imaginative whimsy or distortion gets mixed in with Bible history?

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.

Try the previous Christmas Quizzes:
2019 Christmas Quiz
2020 Christmas Quiz
2021 Christmas Quiz

Read the sequels:
2022 Christmas Quiz Answers
2023 Christmas Quiz
(coming December 2023)

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Wednesday December 14, 2022 A.D.

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:13-14)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 7, 2022

Crammed

(3 Minute Read. 7Dec2022)

Who said this?

“Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
And daub their natural faces unaware.”

Did you guess that these insightful and elegant words come from blank verse poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)? Her epic poem Aurora Leigh expresses a deep truth that is overlooked by many. Take a moment to again read those five profound lines above.

Earth truly is crammed with the blessings of heaven. Every plant, every animal, every human being testifies of the glory of the Great Creator. Are you someone who sees?

Earth is stuffed with the blessings of God. Every new day, every new meal, every new drink of cold water, every new breath of fresh air testifies of the bounty of the Great Creator’s gracious provision. Are you someone who takes off his shoes in reverence and awe?

The universe is full of the presence and evidence of the Great Creator. Every sunrise, every star, every scenic vista speaks of the presence, power, and glory of the Great Creator. Are you distracted with trivia, plucking blackberries?

The vast expanse above of innumerable stars, magnificent galaxies, and beautiful nebulae all show that the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). It is literally too large to fathom. Are you occupied with the mundane, one of those who daub their natural faces, unaware

At the other extreme in the microscopic world, we see ever increasing complexity of structure and design as we look deeper and deeper. From where did it all come?

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord. (Psalm 33:5)
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory. (Isaiah 6:3)
O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all: the earth is full of Your riches. (Psalm 104:24)

Aurora Leigh contains a staggering 11,000 lines in nine books. In the above passage from Book Seven, Elizabeth Barrett Browning alludes to Moses’ burning bush experience when Yahweh sent him back to Egypt to lead Israel out of slavery (Exodus 3:2-10). But she goes a step further in portraying every common bush as dramatically displaying God’s glory, afire with God.

As Browning says, many are unseeing, unaware of the hand of God in every blessing and every daily event. Often we are blinded to God’s presence by struggles, worries, illness, traffic jams, debts, and dirty laundry.

But the Christmas season, commemorating the cramming of the God-man into earth, should be a potent reminder of God’s hand of blessing upon mankind. It is the perfect time to encounter our Great Creator and His mighty works.

The Moses who saw the burning bush and removed his shoes, as alluded to by the poetess, said this to the nation of Israel:
“Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.  So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.” (Deuteronomy 4:39-40)

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write a poem instead of an essay?
2. Can you add two lines of your own to the selection from Aurora Leigh?
3. Today, what can nudge you to “take off your shoes” before your Creator? What will that look like in your busy day?

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

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

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Wednesday December 7, 2022 A.D.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
(Psalm 145:3-5)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 30, 2022

Noah Says Don’t Miss the Boat

(3 Minute Read. 30Nov2022)

The Apostle Peter called Noah a “preacher of righteousness.”
(2 Peter 2:5)

Noah preached to a sin-soaked world full of wickedness, violence, and evil.
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)

No doubt much of Noah’s preaching took place during his construction of the Ark. Just as speakers today use visual aids to attract and maintain attention, Noah surely used his enormous ship as an attention-getter for his message. The huge ship was certainly an object of curiosity that drew people within hearing of Noah’s warnings of impending judgment and his calls for repentance.

God had warned Noah about things not yet seen, like rain, floods, and explosions of subterranean water (Hebrews 11:7). And Noah warned and implored his world to pay heed.

Noah’s message was essentially,
Judgment is coming! Don’t miss the boat!

But Noah preached in vain. His message was ignored. His hearers missed the boat!

Part of the reason Noah’s message was ignored was that he called men to righteousness with the threat of judgment by things not yet seen. No doubt Noah’s words sounded like foolishness to his hearers, for they had no experience of what he was proclaiming — a flood that would destroy the entire world.

Jesus of Nazareth also warned of coming judgment through things not yet seen. He said,
“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)

He even compared His return to the days of Noah:
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

Thus the message for today is similar to the message Noah preached:
Judgment is coming! Don’t miss the boat! Turn to Jesus!

Questions to Ponder

1. What kind of audience are you? Are you a listener who boards the boat or a scoffer who misses the boat?
2. Do you take seriously Scripture’s command to be a herald today of God’s Word, warning of His judgment and of the merciful salvation He offers? (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

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

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

This is the 25th and final article in a series on Noah. This Noah Series will suggest answers to many of the questions believers and skeptics have about Noah, Noah’s Ark, and Noah’s Flood.
Read the prequels:
1. Think You Know Noah?
2. Did Jesus Think Noah Was Real?
3. How Long Did It Take Noah to Build the Ark?
4. Could Noah Build the Ark in 75 Years?
5. How Big Was Noah’s Ark?
6. Were Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
7. Could Noah Fit All the Animals on the Ark?
8. What Was Noah’s Flood Like?
9. Was Noah’s Flood Global or Local?
10. Life on Noah’s Ark
11. Were Zebras on Noah’s Ark?
12. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Canyons
13. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Fossils
14. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Rock Layers
15. Evidence of Noah’s Flood: Worldwide Memories
16. Significance of Noah’s Flood
17. How Did Noah’s Kangaroos Get to Australia?
18. Replicas of Noah’s Ark
19. The Waters of Noah’s Flood
20. How Long Did Noah Live?
21. How Could Noah Love a God Who Killed So Many People?
22. Noah’s World Before the Flood
23. Noah Quiz
24. Noah Quiz Answers

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Wednesday November 30, 2022 A.D.

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. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and finish it to a cubit from the top; and set the door of the ark in the side of it; you shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.
(Genesis 6:13-17)

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