Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 16, 2019

Bible-Science Starter Library 1

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While you were lying on the beach last summer, did you ask yourself, “How’s my Bible-Science bookshelf shaping up?”

Not only is this a good time to evaluate your personal library, but it is time to do so for your church library as well, because October is Church Library Month. Church libraries are still an important resource.

Here is a suggested Bible-Science Starter Library of 15 books for your personal library and for your church. These books are rich brain food on Creation, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Rock Layers, Fossils, Dinosaurs, and Noah’s Flood. Reading them will boost thinking skills, strengthen Biblical convictions, and superbly prepare you for great conversations with questioning believers, unbelieving friends, or any truth seekers.

Authors include a physical chemist, hydraulic engineer, biochemist, law professor, geneticist, molecular biologist, journalist, chess champion, educator, medical doctor, theologian, astronomer, and computer consultant. Not all are creationists, Christians, or even theists. Some accept the Big Bang, stellar evolution, a long age for the universe, and even aspects of biological evolution. Nevertheless, all distinctly contribute to a Biblical understanding of science. None is infallible. Always measure everything you read by the Bible.

These books are high-school level and up. For balance and variety, I selected only one book per author, even though several have authored multiple books that could be on this list. Five books with brief descriptions follow. Two succeeding blog posts will cover the remaining 10 books in my suggested Bible-Science Starter Library.

The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and Its Scientific Implications — Henry Morris and John Whitcomb
Dr. Henry M. Morris, hydraulic engineering professor and founder of the Institute for Creation Research, is the father of modern scientific Biblical creationism, and this book laid the foundation. Dr. Whitcomb is a seminary professor. This book is the best resource for Noah’s Flood. First published in 1961, it’s been reprinted 32 times and is still a must-read. In 2006 Christianity Today ranked it #22 among “The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals” in the last half-century. It argues for a worldwide flood and explains how rock layers, fossils, and the Ice Age resulted from Noah’s Flood. It addresses the sources and disposition of the Flood waters, how Noah fit animals (including dinosaurs) on the ark, and the age of the earth. My wife says this is the book that first got her intrigued with scientific aspects of the Bible when she read it in her late teens.

The Lie: Evolution — Ken Ham
Ken Ham is the founder of Answers in Genesis with its Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. Ham says Genesis is foundational to all Christian doctrine and must be interpreted literally. Doctrines like sin and salvation, institutions like marriage and government, the beginnings of culture and industry — all have their foundation in Genesis. Ham argues that if God does not really mean what He says in Genesis, why should we trust the rest of the Bible? The religion of Evolutionism is a lie from hell and is the root cause of most of the world’s problems because it denies God the Creator.

Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! — Duane Gish
Dr. Duane T. Gish, a biochemist and premier creationist debater, annihilates the supposed primary evidence for evolution — the fossil record. Darwin himself realized the strongest objection to evolution was that fossils did not support it, asking, “If species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, why do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?” Darwin believed future fossil discoveries would validate his theory, but in 160 years — nothing! Gish shows the fossil record is characterized by abrupt appearance of life forms, absence of transitional forms, and constancy of life forms. Gish argues that the fossils do not support the theory of evolution. In fact, he shows that fossils are one of the strongest arguments against evolution. Fossils support creation but undermine macro-evolution.

“My road to atheism was paved by science. . . .
But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.”

—Author Lee Strobel

The Case for a Creator — Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel, a Yale Law School graduate, journalist, legal editor, and pastor, was a spiritual skeptic well into his career. He said, “My road to atheism was paved by science. . . .But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.” Strobel confronts eight eminent scientists and philosophers with an atheist’s tough questions. The cross-examinations build a strong scientific case that the universe was intelligently designed, and they show the logical and evidential weaknesses of Darwinism. His questions involve cosmology, astronomy, physics, cellular biology, biochemistry, and DNA. The story is absorbing. The arguments are compelling. Evolutionism is no longer scientifically or logically tenable. Science and the Bible give consistent testimony of a Creator. A student edition is available for younger readers.

Creation’s Tiny Mystery — Robert V. Gentry
Having discovered riveting evidence for creation, Robert Gentry struggled against the scientific establishment that strove to suppress it. Originally an ardent evolutionist, Gentry found radioactive polonium halos in earth’s basement rocks. The half-life is so short (3 minutes) that the rocks had to solidify rapidly for halos to form. Molten rock would have taken too long to cool, leaving no halos. This evidence caused Gentry to abandon his evolutionary beliefs. Gentry believes the halos are some of the Creator’s “fingerprints.” His investigations show evidence for a global flood and earth’s age in thousands rather than billions of years. Evolutionists call Gentry’s halos a “tiny mystery,” but they have proposed no other explanation.

Ten more books will be added to this Bible-Science Starter Library in the next two articles, Bible-Science Starter Library 2 and Bible-Science Starter Library 3. This starter library documents the paucity of evidence for Darwinism and the plethora of evidence for Creation. Evolutionism is not science; it is atheistic naturalism masquerading as science. True science points to God. Biblical Creationism is soundly supported by scientific evidence, logical reasoning, and Scripture.

Questions to Ponder

1. What books would you add to my Bible-Science Starter Library?
2. With so many videos available, what case would you make in defense of books?

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 blog post is the first of three articles outlining a Bible-Science Starter Library.
Read the sequels:
Bible-Science Starter Library 2 (coming soon…)
Bible-Science Starter Library 3 (coming soon…)

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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. (Exodus 20:11)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 9, 2019

Jigsaw Murder Mystery

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Do murder mysteries intrigue you as much as jigsaw puzzles do? You might be surprised to learn they are sometimes connected.

My wife and I have gotten interested in doing jigsaw puzzles over the last several years, particularly while camping. We enjoy sitting at a sturdy table by our campfire and working a jigsaw. It’s so rewarding to find the right piece and snap it into place!

Here is “With Grandpa on the Farm,” a colorful 500-piece puzzle that’s full of interesting details. We did it a year ago during a camping trip. It’s a farm scene with Grandpa in the barn milking a cow. A young boy watches from the loft while his sister feeds chickens.

With Grandpa on the Farm
by Bob “Grandpa” Bates


 
What would interest me about jigsaw puzzles? That’s what this intermittent Series on Jigsaw Puzzles will cover, including pictures of some of the interesting jigsaws we’ve completed.

This Jigsaw Puzzle Series will likely include much more than you would ever want to know about jigsaw puzzles. That’s one reason why it will be an intermittent series.

Topics I expect to discuss in this Jigsaw Puzzle Series will include Benefits of Solving Jigsaws, Tips for Solving Jigsaws, Jigsaw Design, and Recommended Sources and Artists and Makers, among other topics.

Jigsaw Murder

Recently I did a murder mystery jigsaw, “The Unconventional Murder.” It was based on the old TV show Murder, She Wrote that ran for 12 seasons, 1984-1996. Angela Lansbury starred as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher who solved murders that baffled police in Cabot Cove, Maine. Murder, She Wrote was one of my father’s favorite shows. Here is a 2-minute video trailer for the TV show:
 

The puzzle box for “The Unconventional Murder” included a pamphlet laying out a Jessica Fletcher murder mystery. A jewelry dealer attending an antique convention supposedly died alone as a result of an accidental fall in his hotel room. But Jessica Fletcher determined he had not been alone and had been murdered. Suspects included the hotel’s desk clerk, the convention director, and the victim’s estranged wife.

The clues needed to solve the mystery and determine the murderer were in the puzzle picture. But you had to put the puzzle together without the aid of a picture showing what the completed puzzle looked like. I put it together and found the clues to solve the mystery in the puzzle picture.

I was proud of myself for solving the puzzle in only a few days, since the box said 12+ years.

The puzzle is 18” x 24” with 21*27=567 pieces. It was manufactured by American Publishing of Lafayette, Indiana. Here is a picture of the completed puzzle.

The Unconventional Murder

Jigsaw Christians

What do jigsaw puzzles have to do with Biblical Christianity?

Christians can be thought of as pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle. Yahweh is both uniquely shaping each “piece” and somehow fitting all the “pieces” together to form the Church, a spiritual house founded on Jesus Christ, the cornerstone.
You also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the builders rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”
and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
(1 Peter 2:5-8)

Questions to Ponder

1. Do puzzles interest you? What is your favorite type of puzzle — jigsaws or crosswords or sudokus or logic puzzles or word jumbles or what?
2. What “jigsaw piece” are you in the Church? Are you meshing with your neighboring “pieces”?
3. If jigsaw puzzles hold no interest for you, what is a good reason to read this blog series anyway?

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 blog post is the first in a Series on Jigsaw Puzzles.
Read the sequels:
2. Jigsaw Puzzles – Benefits (coming soon…)

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“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, and he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (1 Peter 2:6)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 2, 2019

Kepler’s Water Guns

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

I have some shocking news!

Master got a water gun to discipline me and Henry. At the campground, when we start barking, he shoots us. I hate it.

Sometimes I just have to bark. Squirrels, chipmunks, fluffy dogs, black dogs, kids, remote-control cars, bicycles, skateboards, golf carts, people walking up to our campfire — all require loud and insistent barking to alert Master and Missus. It’s my job.

This is a picture of Master’s water gun. Master did not just get a normal water pistol. He got a pump-action assault rifle water gun. He can hit me from 20 feet away. There’s nothing I can do to stop it. I think this must be what it’s like to get hit with a water cannon.

Henry tries to hide under the picnic table when he sees Master pick up his pump-action assault rifle water gun, but Master always gets him.

Master’s aim is phenomenal. He hits me right square in the face. The stream of water gets in my eyes, mouth, and worst of all in my nose. I have to lick my fur all over to get the water off.

Just the sight of the super soaker water gun scares me. I know I have to be quiet when I see Master pick up his pump-action assault rifle water gun. I obey Master’s “Quiet” and “No Bark” commands much better when he has his pump-action assault rifle water gun at hand. Even Missus shoots me to make me be quiet.

Another horrible thing is that Master has TWO pump-action assault rifle water guns. Here is a picture of the second pump-action assault rifle water gun. It is identical to the first except for color.

Why does he need two of them, I wondered. He said that in case one breaks, he wants to have a backup. He is big on backups, being a belt-and-suspenders kind of guy. If his belt breaks, the suspenders prevent embarrassment. I can’t even count the number of compasses he carries around with him — just to be sure he always has a working one available.

Recently a camper we met complained to us about how he can’t keep his dog from barking, so Master explained his solution. The camper loved it and said, “Oh, I have a 3-D printer. Let me scan your water gun, and I’ll use my 3-D printer to print a water gun for both of us.”

This absolutely horrified me. We don’t need three pump-action assault rifle water guns sitting around. But Master replied, “Thanks anyway, but I have a Canon printer.” Then they both laughed. I didn’t understand at first, but then it worried me even more.

When I asked Master why he needed to discipline us for barking, he said it was for our own good. He doesn’t want us to get kicked out of a campground for nuisance barking, which is against state park regulations. Master said he disciplines us just as fathers discipline their sons and God disciplines His children.
My son, do not despise the discipline of the LORD nor be weary of His reproof. For whom the LORD loves He reproves, even as a father the son in whom he delights.
(Proverbs 3:11-12)

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves,
So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
(Job 5:17)

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

Don’t forget to vote for me — I’m running for President (click Kepler for President).
Vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

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

Questions to Ponder

1. How do you respond to divine discipline — with rebellion or acceptance, with complaints or thanks?
2. Can you think of something in your life that you’ve viewed as annoying or troublesome — that might actually be God’s loving discipline?

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 39th 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 9-39 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

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

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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 25, 2019

Unclean Lips

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Did you ever get your mouth washed out with soap as a child? If so, you probably still remember what soap tastes like!

That was once a popular and quite effective treatment by mothers for “unclean lips” when youngsters used bad language. They were often surprised by how bad soap tasted since it smelled so good.

“Unclean lips” is actually a Biblical phrase. It’s a phrase the Old Testament prophet Isaiah used.

In the year King Uzziah of Judah died (about 740 BC per Edwin Thiele‘s chronology of the Hebrew kings), Isaiah saw the Lord God. His immediate response was to cry out these words:
“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
(Isaiah 6:5)

Here’s a catchy mnemonic rhyme to help you remember the situation:

Uzziah died,
Isaiah cried
in 740 BC:
“Unclean lips are the ruin of me!”

I found it especially interesting that the sin Isaiah confessed and the reason he gave for being “ruined” upon seeing the Lord was “unclean lips,” something that many people would consider relatively minor.

Isaiah did not specifically mention any sins prohibited by the Ten Commandments, although violations of the Third Commandment and the Ninth Commandment would be examples of “unclean lips.” Why did Isaiah confess to this particular thing, “unclean lips,” when in the presence of God and not something more specific or more grievous?

Moreover, Isaiah identified “unclean lips” as a characteristic problem of his people. Isaiah’s “unclean lips” generation was not unusual. We have the same difficulty with clean speech today. Recently at a restaurant we could not avoid hearing the most foul language from the booth directly behind us.

Think of what you hear on TV and in movies, what you read in books and magazines and newspapers, what you hear in the workplace and the marketplace and at sports events. “Unclean lips” is characteristic of our day just as it was for Isaiah 2700 years ago.

Isaiah’s perspective was that the words of one’s mouth reflect the inner person and are therefore significant. This is what Jesus also taught:
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. (Matthew 15:18)
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)

Thus, according to Jesus, “unclean lips” is indicative of an “unclean heart.” In the presence of the holiness of God, Isaiah recognized the sinfulness of his own heart and confessed it through acknowledging the specific sins of his “unclean lips.”

Adam probably did NOT exclaim,
“Oh my God!”
when he stepped on thorns & thistles.

What does “unclean lips” mean? What comprises impure speech? Examples of “unclean lips” include taking God’s name in vain, cursing, lying, telling smutty stories and jokes, and reviling people.

The Apostle Paul urged believers to use clean speech in his letters to the believers at Ephesus and Colossae:
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
(Ephesians 5:29)
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
(Colossians 4:6)

James urged control of one’s tongue as well:
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
(James 3:5-10)

Some day each of us will have to give account on Judgment Day for even our careless words (Matthew 12:36). May we be wise, discerning, and judicious in the use of our tongues. May we be known as people of clean lips.

Questions to Ponder

1. To avoid disrespecting God’s name, what word or phrase will you have ready to use instead when you need to exclaim over something?
2. What single-sentence prayer can you formulate to help you grow toward clean lips?
(Hint: see Psalm 19:14)

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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“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. (Matthew 7:24)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 18, 2019

After the Storm

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Last week a storm of wind and rain hit while we were camping. The next morning I was surprised to see what the storm had done to the easy-up canopy pictured here.

The day before it had looked good — well-staked with taut guy ropes and a properly-stretched canopy. But the wind and rain destroyed it, despite all the stakes holding firm. The metal skeleton was bent and twisted beyond reclamation by the storm.

It brought to mind these words of Jesus, at the end of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

The key is to both hear the words of Jesus and to act on them. Hearing alone is insufficient.

The wind and rain destroyed the pictured easy-up, just as the storms of life will destroy one who does not act on the words of Jesus.

Right before concluding the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had said this:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

Hearing and acting on the words of Jesus includes hearing and acting on these alarming words. Obedience to the will of God is essential.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. (James 1:22)

Questions to Ponder

1. What specific words of Jesus do you need to obey today without delay?
2. Whose life has inspired you by how they trusted God and obeyed through a life-storm?

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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“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”. (Matthew 7:24)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 11, 2019

The Truth About Lies

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Recently in Lies & Truth I discussed the most common sin people commit against each other — lying. I referenced research studies reporting that most people encounter almost 200 lies daily — with 10 being significant, damaging lies.

Lies & Truth focused on lies we tell to other people without mentioning lies we tell ourselves. John, a regular reader of the blog, identified those lies in this perceptive comment:

It seems counter-intuitive, but we lie to ourselves, and I suspect that most lie to themselves more than they lie to others. Perhaps we tell 99 lies to ourselves before we tell one lie to another! Hyperbole? Of course it is. Perhaps I should have said man lies to himself 199 times before he tells one lie to another.

Every act of pride is the result of the prideful one lying to his/her self. Pride in yourself is typically stealing glory from God; being proud of self and not crediting God is a lie to self. Scripture teaches that we are aware that we are going to sin before we commit a sin. When we commit the sin anyway, and tell ourselves that “it’s not a sin, there will be no consequences,” we lie to ourselves.

How many times does a man or woman lie to themselves while standing in front of the mirror primping and preening? I only know my own mind, and I know that when I’m not guarding my heart and my mind how I can so easily lie to myself. We don’t have to know the mind of another to know they lie to themselves too. We can observe it. Their actions reveal that they are lying to themselves. Observe an NFL receiver make a great catch, pick up a critical 1st down, and then watch how he will carry on, displaying for the fans his most immediate lie about what he thinks of his status in the world (his self image). We see politicians, entertainers, children, and just about every category of human beings expressing themselves similarly for their own reasons.

It’s not surprising that the same wicked flesh that so easily lies to others will be just as inclined to lie to itself.

John clearly identified a major area of deceit — lying to ourselves.

Mankind’s most prevalent self-lies involve pride and personal justification. With pride we claim credit that belongs to God alone. We give all kinds of excuses to justify our actions and deny sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
(1 John 1:8)

How Do You Stop Lying to Yourself?

This is a tricky issue, because often we don’t even realize we are lying to ourselves, especially after years of repeatedly lying to oneself. But there are several effective strategies that can help: humility and truth.

Humility

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:21)

Pride always involves a lie — to oneself. Every possession, ability, and asset is a gift from the Great Creator.
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
(1 Corinthians 4:7)
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
(Galatians 6:3)

Humility involves recognizing our dependence on the Great Creator. It is an attitude of acknowledging the Lord God Almighty as the Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the whole universe, including our particular person. Humility involves an attitude of thankfulness to the Great Creator for everything we have, for every breath we take, for every bite of food, for every moment we live.

Exposure to Truth

God’s Word is an antidote for self-deception. Scripture can be a check on lying to oneself. The truths of God’s Word can judge one’s inner thoughts, distinguishing between lies and truth, between right and wrong.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Soaking oneself in Biblical truth can help prevent the natural human tendency to justify sin. Jesus equated Truth with God’s Word. He linked the process of sanctification (set apart to be made righteous) with immersion in God’s Word. Praying to God the Father on behalf of His disciples, He said,
Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

In the most extreme danger, on trial for His life, Jesus of Nazareth asserted a powerful truth claim as He testified before Pilate:
For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

The Apostle Paul refers to the process as “washing with the Word.” (Ephesians 5:26) The basic idea is that we are progressively made more righteous through the cleansing action of God’s Word.

This verse proclaims the totality of God’s Word to be Truth:
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting. (Psalm 119:160)

How do we “soap” ourselves with the Word? We do this by listening to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word. Delight yourself in the Word. “Lather” yourself with Scripture 24×7.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is one practical way you can soak yourself in Scripture today?
2. How can you more readily “catch yourself” in self-deception today?

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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Lies & Truth

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | September 4, 2019

The Truth About Rainbows

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Last week I saw the biggest full rainbow I have ever seen. It was huge and bright, but it soon faded as I tried to get a picture while walking Kepler. It was actually a full double bow, but the higher bow faded away before my picture.

Partial bows are common, but I rarely get to see a full bow. The rainbow was too big to get a picture of the entire bow, but this is what I got as it faded.

I saw this bow early in the evening in the east as the sun set in the west shortly after a rain.

How Do Rainbows Form?

When sunlight hits raindrops in the atmosphere, refraction and reflection of the light produces a rainbow. The light is refracted (bent) as it enters the raindrop. Some is reflected off the back surface of the drop and refracted again as it exits the drop.

Light of different wavelengths (colors) is refracted different degrees. Each raindrop acts as a prism as it separates sunlight into the colors of a rainbow.

Rainbow Truths

Different cultures and groups of people have given the rainbow a variety of meanings, most of which are wrong. To learn the true significance of the rainbow, it’s proper to go back to the time it was first established as a reminder of God’s promise to Noah after the Great Flood. Whenever I see a rainbow, it reminds me of these four basic truths:

1. Sin is real and evil is real. Adam’s sin mushroomed throughout the succeeding generations until the earth was filled with wickedness and violence some 1500 years later in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5-13).

2. God judges sin. Noah’s Flood was God’s judgment on a sin-soaked world.

3. God is gracious and merciful. He provided a way of salvation for Noah and his family. The ark that God told Noah to build was plenty big enough for many more people. The ark stood open for seven days after Noah entered before God closed the door (Genesis 7:1-16). The Apostle Peter refers to Noah as “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), so Noah undoubtedly implored other people to repent and join him on the ark. But no one did besides his own family.

4. The rainbow is the sign Yahweh appointed for His promise to Noah to never again destroy the earth with a flood. (Genesis 9:8-17)

Noah Sacrificing after the Deluge
by Benjamin West (1738-1820)

The next time you see a rainbow, review these truths in your mind to counteract the false rainbow views so prevalent in America and around the world.

Questions to Ponder

1. Which numbered point above will you zero in on when you next see a rainbow?
2. When Noah saw the first rainbow, how would his scene have differed from my photo?

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For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

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God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.. (Genesis 9:12-15)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 28, 2019

Lies & Truth

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What is the most common sin humans commit against each other?

Is it one of the big three sins — theft, murder, or adultery?

No, I think not. One particular sin is so common that I think everybody alive today has committed it at least once — and probably many times in their lives.

It’s not murder. Many people have never committed murder.

It’s not adultery. Many people have never committed adultery.

It’s not stealing. Many people have never stolen.

I think the most common sin people commit against each other is lying.

Dishonesty, deception, and fraud are rampant throughout human interactions, social relationships, politics, and business. Some politicians, for example, seem to lie almost constantly. Many news organizations are purposely deceitful in reporting news. “Let no one deceive you with empty words” is the timely caution of Ephesians 5:6!

According to several research studies cited in Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception by Pamela Meyer, most people encounter almost 200 lies daily (Liespotting, p.5).

Most of these 200 lies are like this one:
“Sure, I’d love to see all your cat pictures!”

But the studies say about 10 a day are significant, damaging lies that affect your career, your business, your social life, or your personal relationships.

Lies have changed the course of human history — on both a personal level and a global scale. How many marriages have been wrecked by deceit? How many governments have been toppled by dishonesty?

Lies started at the Beginning when Satan lied to Eve about eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan lied when he told Eve, “You surely will not die!” (Genesis 3:4)

According to Jesus, Satan is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). He started the whole deception ball rolling with Eve, and the ball hasn’t stopped since.

Another early lie was when Cain lied to God after he had murdered his brother Abel. God asked Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain lied, “I do not know.” (Genesis 4:1-15)

Ever since, truth and lies have been an issue for the human race.

How Do You Spot Lies?

“Repeated studies have shown that the average adult can distinguish truth from falsehood only 54% of the time. . . . This statistic is relevant only for the instances when we suspect someone may be lying to us. The more confident we are in our ability to detect lies, the worse we are at it.”
(Pamela Meyer, Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, 2010, p.7)

Police, FBI, and military interrogators are trained in techniques to detect deception. They are taught to analyze body language, facial expressions, and speech patterns to recognize lies.

Many books and online videos purport to explain these methods of detecting lies. One is Pamela Meyer’s TED talk How to spot a liar. She covers some of ways to spot lies and argues that honesty is a value worth preserving.

Several thousand years ago, a Roman governor was tasked with discerning the truth of death penalty accusations. He asked a crucial question of a haggard prisoner.
“What is truth?” demanded the Roman governor.

The governor’s question, “What is truth?” is a crucial question. It is possibly the most fundamental and practical question of all time. It’s a question most people frequently ask as they try to ascertain the truth in many situations.

One of the most effective preparations for detecting truth is one that is often overlooked. The principle is illustrated in the detection of counterfeit money. At one time, in order to train bank tellers to recognize counterfeit paper money, they were given large amounts of genuine money to handle. The idea was that if they knew what real money looked like, felt like, and smelled like, then they would easily recognize counterfeit bills.

Street Preacher
Union Square, New York City

I believe this principle can apply to detecting deception. Extensive exposure to truth can help you recognize truth and recognize its counterfeit.

Truth Exposure

How do you massively expose yourself to truth?

The answer the haggard prisoner had already told the governor gives a clue. In the most extreme danger, on trial for His life, the prisoner asserted a powerful truth claim as He testified before the governor,
For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John 18:37)

The haggard prisoner on trial for His life before the Roman governor Pilate was Jesus. His accusers who sought His death were His own people, the Jews.

Jesus based His life and ministry on truth, and He emphatically claimed to speak, teach, and be the truth. Fully 77 times He began His teaching with, “Truly, I say to you, …“.

He said,
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33).

Additionally, He made these statements about speaking the truth:
My witness is true.” (John 8:14)
My judgment is true.” (John 8:16)
I speak the truth.” (John 8:45)
I am the truth.” (John 14:6).

Even His enemies acknowledged that He was “truthful and taught the way of God in truth” (Matthew 22:16).

The One who is Truth explicitly told how to know truth:
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Soaking oneself in the words of Jesus and His Word will cause you to know the truth. Do this by listening to the Word, reading the Word, studying the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word. Delight yourself in the Word.
The sum of Thy word is truth, and every one of Thy righteous ordinances is everlasting.
(Psalm 119:160)

This continual repeated exposure to Scripture will help you spot lies.

Questions to Ponder

1. What is one practical way you can soak yourself in the words of Jesus today?
2. Will you catch yourself today when you might slide into deceitfulness — and deliberately shift to “speaking the truth in love”? (Ephesians 4:15)

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.

Read the sequel:
The Truth About Lies

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 21, 2019

David Does Apologetics with a Sling

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David holds Goliath’s head

David’s short battle with Goliath is one of the best-known accounts in the Bible (1 Samuel 17). But what is not very well known is David’s objective in that battle of 3,000 years ago.

The Philistine champion Goliath was a giant of a man, standing over 9 feet tall. He was not thin and reedy; rather he was undoubtedly very sturdy and muscular, a terrifying warrior. He probably weighed 350 to 400 pounds.

Goliath’s remarkable physique is evident from the weight of his bronze coat of armor — 5,000 shekels or about 125 lbs (1 shekel = 0.4 oz). The iron head of his spear weighed 600 shekels or about 15 lbs. The wooden shaft of the spear is likened to a “weaver’s beam,” so it probably weighed at least 10 pounds. (1 Samuel 17:4-7)

Imagine trying to throw a 25-lb spear! The men’s shot put in track and field events weighs 16 pounds, and no one ever tries to throw it like a baseball. You would wrench your arm with one throw. But Goliath’s arm strength was so enormous that he could throw a 25-lb spear.

Goliath expected a battle using the typical weapons of the day that he carried — armor, helmet, shield, sword, javelin, and spear. David would not do well against Goliath in such a battle. He had no intention of fighting Goliath in hand-to-hand combat. He switched things up by using a totally different technology — sling and stone, the weapon he had used for years in defending his flocks against lions and bears.

David’s sling was a devastating weapon. Two leather thongs, each three or more feet long, were attached to a leather pouch that held the stone. Twirling the pouch at 10 revolutions per second would give the stone an exit velocity of over 125 mph. This is significantly faster than major league fastballs which only rarely reach even 100 mph.

The stone from David’s sling felled Goliath, sinking into his forehead. David then ran up and cut off Goliath’s head with the giant’s own sword. Interestingly, he carried Goliath’s severed head, probably holding it by the hair, to his post-battle interview with King Saul.

What an amazing conversation with King Saul that would have been to witness. Goliath’s severed head, probably still dripping blood, was convincing evidence of David’s trust in the living God whom he served. It was tangible proof of David’s claim that Yahweh would give him the victory over Goliath.

David’s Aim

Goliath had been taunting the armies of Israel morning and evening for forty days. (1 Samuel 17:16)

David understood Goliath’s taunts as a direct affront to “the armies of the living God” and hence as a challenge to God Himself. David resolved to decisively answer the challenge by fighting Goliath.

David said to Goliath,
“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

David’s aim in battling Goliath was an apologetic aim. He was defending the reality and honor of the Lord God. Through the contest he expected to demonstrate to all the earth that there is a God in Israel.

He was showing the Philistine armies who is the Lord by his totally unexpected defeat of Goliath. By killing Goliath in battle, David was showing the strength, power, and truth of the God of Israel over the gods of Goliath by whom he had cursed David.

Apologetics in the Psalms

David not only did apologetics with a sling. He was also a prolific poet, repeatedly proclaiming the truth and glory of Yahweh, the Great Creator, throughout his psalms of praise. Here are a few examples.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

(Psalm 33:6,9 — ascribed to David by the Greek Septuagint)

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
(Psalm 8:1,3-8)

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19:1)

Do You Get the Point?

David’s battle to the death with Goliath teaches Christians to trust the Great Creator over foes of all kinds. Sometimes fighting is necessary to proclaim or preserve the truth.

Questions to Ponder

1. David used one smooth stone in his sling. Why did he take five with him?
2. What situation in your life merits confrontation to defend the truth?

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 eighth post 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

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

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Wednesday August 21, 2019 A.D.

And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. (1 Samuel 17:49)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 14, 2019

Judging a Chief Justice

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Chief Justice Fred Vinson

For the most part, Americans have been taught to respect and honor judges. We are told that they are very intelligent people who know how to think clearly and can properly decide complex issues under dispute.

But is this true? Can judges always be trusted to render correct decisions? Are judges infallible on the bench?

I think not. The very fact that we have so many 5-4 and 6-3 decisions by the Supreme Court is evidence against the idea that judges can routinely decide cases correctly.

Chief Justice Fred Vinson

Frederick “Fred” Moore Vinson (1890–1953) served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for seven years (June 21, 1946 – September 8, 1953) till his unexpected death of a heart attack. Harlan F. Stone preceded Vinson, and Earl Warren succeeded him.

Vinson was nominated for Chief Justice by President Harry Truman. He was confirmed by the US Senate exactly two weeks later. During Vinson’s tenure on the Supreme Court, he wrote 77 opinions and 13 dissents.

Fred Vinson is one of only a few people who served in all three branches of the federal government. In addition to his service in the judiciary, he also served in the legislative branch in the US House for 12 years as a representative from Kentucky (1924-1928, 1930-1937). He was Secretary of the Treasury for one year in the executive branch under Truman (1945-1946).

Vinson is the last Chief Justice to have been appointed by a Democratic president. He is also the last Chief Justice to lead a court whose justices were nominated solely by presidents of one political party. The Supreme Court justices in the Vinson Court were all appointed by Democrats Roosevelt and Truman.

What Did Chief Justice Vinson Say?

Chief Justice Fred Vinson wrote the majority opinion in Dennis v. United States. With this 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Smith Act (1940). This law made it a crime to advocate the violent overthrow of the government or to organize or be a member of any group committed to such. The Court said the First Amendment does not protect speech that seeks to overthrow the United States government.

In his majority opinion, Chief Justice Vinson wrote this:

“Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes. . . . All concepts are relative.”
(Fred M. Vinson, Dennis v. United States, Section III, June 4, 1951.)

What an absolutely astonishing statement!!!

Did Chief Justice Vinson realize that by saying, “There are no absolutes,” he was making an absolute statement? Didn’t he realize that “All concepts are relative” is an absolute statement delineating a non-relative concept? His statements are inherently self-contradictory and therefore false.

Vinson believed there were no absolutes. I wonder if he was absolutely sure about this.

In Vinson’s Dennis v. United States decision, he also wrote,

“Overthrow of the Government by force and violence is certainly a substantial enough interest for the Government to limit speech. Indeed, this is the ultimate value of any society, for if a society cannot protect its very structure from armed internal attack, it must follow that no subordinate value can be protected.”

Here Vinson talks about an ultimate value despite saying shortly before in the same decision that there are no absolutes and everything is relative.

Vinson’s “Nothing is more certain . . .” statement is fundamentally a denial that truth exists. Such a denial is inherently self-contradictory and therefore false.

Upholding a stable government is important, and it is a legitimate concern of the Supreme Court. But a judge must not use self-contradictory statements and fundamentally illogical thinking to uphold any precept, no matter how valued.

Judging Chief Justice Vinson’s View

This was the chief jurist of the United States making these illogical and contradictory statements! Amazingly, apparently, no one noticed — not the other justices on the Supreme Court, not the Court’s law clerks, not the media. In fact, five other Justices on the Supreme Court concurred with Vinson’s opinion.

Every man did what was right
in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)

Apparently no one said,
“Hey, wait a minute — if there are no absolutes, and if all concepts are relative, then what you just described as certain … cannot be certain!”

The reason no one noticed is that this fallacious worldview,
“No absolutes — everything relative,”
had been widely accepted by 1950. This wide acceptance is evident from Vinson’s own words describing this worldview as, “Nothing is more certain in modern society.”

The job of a judge is to decide right from wrong. How is that possible if the judge believes there are no absolutes? How can he decide that anything is wrong? If there are no absolutes, then there is no standard for deciding right from wrong. Decisions are made based on a judge’s personal preference.

What about today? Compared to 70 years ago in Vinson’s day, this view of “No absolutes — everything relative” is even more widely accepted now! In his decision Vinson proclaimed a self-contradictory falsehood as truth. This lie has become the fundamental belief of American society today.

When one starts with a false worldview, the consequences are predictably disastrous. Swallowing “There are no absolutes and everything is relative” has caused the devolution of American society and culture.

If There Are No Absolutes

If there are no absolutes, then nothing can be judged as wrong. Also, without absolutes, nothing can be deemed right.

If there is no absolute standard for right and wrong, how can you say mass shootings are wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say racism is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say adultery is right or wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say child abuse is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say abortion is right or wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say stealing is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say murder is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say drug abuse is wrong?
If there are no absolutes, how can you say gender confusion is right or wrong?

There Are Absolutes

But we do know these things are wrong. The reason we know these things are wrong is because there is a standard of right and wrong. Contrary to Vinson’s opinion, truth does exist. There are absolutes. Contrary to Vinson’s opinion, all concepts are not relative.

For example, the laws of mathematics & physics & chemistry are not relative. Bank statements and traffic lights and tax assessments are not relative. The reality of the real world proves truth and absolutes exist.

People who deny absolutes as Chief Justice Vinson did are simply suppressing the truth they fundamentally know.
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. (Romans 1:18-20)

The Great Creator, the God of the Bible, is the source and definer of truth. It is impossible to define Truth without reference to God.

Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Creator of the universe, claimed not just to know the truth, but to be truth. He said,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

Therefore, the greatest Man who ever lived, believed in absolutes. He believed truth exists. And He wants His followers to know the truth. According to Jesus, the way to know truth is to live in His Word. He said,
“If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The moral law of the Great Creator given in the Bible is the standard for right and wrong. This is the authoritative standard for morality specified by our Great Creator. And He imprinted that standard on each human heart. It’s a non-relative absolute.
They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.
(Romans 2:15 ESV)

That’s why humans instinctively know that acts like theft and murder are wrong.

Morality and absolutes are not a matter of personal opinion — whether it’s the opinion of the Chief Justice, the opinion of the President, or the opinion of any private citizen. Following personal opinion instead of God’s absolutes leads to death.
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
(Proverbs 14:12)

Absolutes are set by the Great Creator. We defy them to our own peril.

Questions to Ponder

1. Is your worldview philosophically and logically consistent?
2. How can you uphold the Great Creator‘s truth in your sphere of influence?

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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And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2 ESV)

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