Saturday, April 7, 2012

All Creation Demonstrates the Existence, Power, and Glory of the Creator

Recently, I spent a day at Sea World in San Diego with my wife, my brother-in-law, and my sister-in-law. Many things about the day were quite impressive. It is amazing how those involved with training the whales, dolphins, seals, etc. are able to get the animals to do the different tricks. I was pleased that at one of the shows, our military and veterans were honored. Many things about the day were very pleasant and enjoyable.

Of course, there is a mindset at any of the animal venues that borders on extreme environmentalism and animal rights. “Go green.” “Save the whales.” “Limit your energy footprint so the polar bears can survive.” You name it.

While we ought to take care of the resources God has given us to use, when this philosophy is taken to the extreme, we come up with “the greatest legacy we can leave our children is a green planet.” All of this ignores the reality that we live in a sin-cursed world that will never be right until our Savior returns and makes it right. No matter what we do, we cannot leave a pristine, perfect planet for our children and grandchildren, and even if we could, that is not the most important thing by any means. Priorities are far from what they should be today. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36).

I knew it would not be long before we came across some evolution nonsense. Sure enough, at the shark exhibit there was a sign that said, “We know that sharks have existed for 400 million years.” I beg to differ. The word “know” should obviously be replaced by the word “think” or “believe.” One cannot “know” that which is not true. I cannot "know" that The Cisco Kid wrote the Declaration of Independence or that Laurel and Hardy play for the Oakland Raiders, no matter how foolishly I might think or believe such things, since they simply are not true. The sign went on to say that “sharks, unlike other animals, have remained unchanged during that time.” So what the sign actually means is that the earth is millions of years old and that evolution is true.

I never cease to be amazed that people who work with the wonders of God’s creation can be so blind to the reality of the Creator. It would seem they have less excuse than others for believing in the power of evolution by natural selection to produce all the varieties of life we see in this world. Watching the whales and other sea animals speaks so clearly to the existence and power of the great Creator of all things.

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind… (Genesis 1:21, NKJV).

…since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse ... Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things ... who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:20-25, NKJV).

Thursday, April 5, 2012


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (From the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution)

It says that “Congress shall make no law…” It does not say that a local government cannot display the Ten Commandments. It does not say that public school students cannot sing a song that mentions the name of God. It does not say that there can be no prayer before a football game or a graduation program. It does not say that “religion,” primarily Christianity, must be excluded from public life in the United States. It does not say that the name of Jesus Christ is appropriate only when used as a cuss word. And to the surprise of many, it does not say "separation of church and state."

It does say that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” Congress has not done that, nor does it appear to have any intention of doing that, at least not at present. This amendment was obviously designed not to protect people from  religion but to protect the church from the government.

It does say that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This is the part of the amendment that many would like to do away with, because Christianity has become “politically incorrect” to some in our current culture. Such people hold to an obvious double standard, and it is time for their anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-Truth philosophy to be seen for what it really is, and it is time for such nonsense to simply be ignored rather than be given any credibility whatsoever.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


By My Anonymous Friend

Does that heading grab you like it did me? Recently atheists in America gathered for what they called a Reason Rally to "celebrate our belief in reason, science and the power of the human mind"-- according to one of the several speakers at the event. The statement above was one of various slogans and banners that were seen there. A cable news reporter interviewed various attendees with questions like, "What if there is a hell? Are you afraid to go there?" and, "How do you explain the origin of the universe?" When the predictable answer, "Big Bang" was offered, the next question was "Where did the big bang come from?" This was answered by, "You just take it as truth!" So much for reason and the power of the human mind!!!

My initial reaction was anger and sadness. The people interviewed were essentially arrogant and cocky, or so it seemed to me. They flaunted their beliefs (or unbeliefs) as a badge of honor. My anger quickly gave way to sadness however. These misguided folks have no idea what will await them if they continue on the path they are on. I also felt sadness because they know nothing of the incredible love and mercy our Lord demonstrated for them and continues to extend to them every day.

Then I got to thinking about what Scripture says about atheists. In several Psalms an atheist is described as a fool. The Hebrew language has a variety of words to describe those who are unwise. We might think of these words as a kind of heirarchy or scale of foolishness. At the low end of the scale is a word that speaks of someone as simple or just plain silly. At the other extreme is a word that speaks of someone as a madman. The word used by the Psalmist is somewhere in the middle. It refers to someone who is empty or devoid of mind. The word used does not refer to a person who is an idiot, or to one who is devoid of common sense. Rather it describes a person who is morally foolish and one who is blind and ignorant of spiritual matters. Being this way in his heart then leads him to act in very foolish and corrupt ways.

How ironic that I am writing about this on April 1--- a day known in many countries of the world as April Fools Day. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392) is thought by many as the origin of this interesting observance. Others argue that the Iranian day known as Sizdah Bedar (536 BC) where people play jokes and pranks on each other is really the true origin of April Fool's Day as we know it today. Regardless, it is amusing to learn how different cultures observe the day. French speaking people (including French Canadians) as well as Italians, historically tacked paper fish on the backs of unsuspecting victims hoping not to be caught in the act. Often April 1 was a day of pranks and practical jokes. Many times instructions were given to go somewhere for a special event that did not exist. An example is an April Fool's announcement from April 1, 1857 announcing the supposed washing of the lions at the Tower of London pictured below.

April Fools Day is a fairly harmless holiday. I have been the perpetrator of April Fools pranks and I have been the recipient of them as well. It is mostly clean fun and amusement. But the misguided folks at the Reason Rally are another matter all together. Denying God's existence is much more serious. It has eternal consequences. Let us show the genuine love of Jesus and pray for those in deliberate ignorance and foolishness.