Wednesday, June 24, 2009

God will lead you into all truth

Thought I'd get back to this blog sooner and posts would just start flowing, but it's not happening and I suppose that might be mostly because for me this topic is more fun than anything else, while the information on the Bible versions, and now the general area of feminism and liberalism, which includes the head covering, are more important and sometimes take a lot of hard work. What I just put together on the history of feminism and especially how it all relates to the Bible versions was extremely hard to get organized into a coherent statement, like pulling teeth as they say, took a lot of prayer for clarity.

But let me take the rest of this post and give a little orientation to my way of approaching the creation/evolution issues.

There are many ministries that do a very thorough job of taking on all the claims of the evolutionists and that can get very deep into scientific questions, but I don't have that kind of expertise, and it's not really necessary either for the basic objective of keeping yourself from being swallowed up in the mystification of evolutionism.

If you start from what the Bible says, pray frequently for God's leading and keep your eyes open, He'll lead you to some straightforward observations that show the foolishness of evolution without getting too far into the more complicated reaches of science (of course if you have the training and that kind of mind He'll happily lead you as far into the complicated science as you can handle). You do have to grasp some of the geological principles that are used against creationists in order to answer them, and you do have to grasp some basic genetics, but God can lead you there, as I know He has done with me.

You start with God's word, with the first few chapters of Genesis. You believe it. You pray for understanding. God will guide you from there.

Please use the KJV for this purpose. The revisers who gave us all the modern Bible versions didn't even believe in the first chapters of Genesis.

But I'm still thinking more about the other blogs I'm afraid, so this is going to have to wait some more.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Are Scientists Idiots?

Do I think geologists are stupid? That question always eventually comes up.

No, I think most geologists are practical workers whose jobs don't have anything to do with the theories about the age of the earth or particular geological formations. I think they have a fine grasp of terrain and the clues it holds to mineral deposits such as gold, where to drill for oil, where to dig a well for water, etc. Same with biologists. As long as their focus is on the actual phenomena before them they make great progress.

I don't even think the theoretical geologists are stupid. Or the biological theorists who believe in evolution.*

It takes a high level of intelligence to come up with the ridiculous scenarios they come up with and try to make it all work together with the facts that are often in collusion to defeat their efforts (not efforts that do serve the scientific work itself but efforts to keep gluing it all to the false theory of evolution).

No, I think they are simply blind, the way all fallen human beings are, trusting in their own fallible minds and without the aid of the Holy Spirit.

I think there are many actual physical facts they have discovered that are very useful to know. Such as about the ancient lakes Missoula and Bonneville. Such as medical discoveries in the areas of biological research. They just have the time factor all wrong and are laboring under prejudices against the Bible.

* For the sake of a visitor here today, July 17, 09, I feel I should add that the same is true for biology as for geology. They do a lot of genuine science focusing on the actual phenomena before them that they THINK is done because of evolution, but it could be done just as well without evolution and possibly better. Biologists know how to study DNA for clues to heritable diseases, for instance, and they THINK they need the theory of evolution to make this possible but they don't.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Open your eyes. Noah's Flood is attested all over this planet.

This particular geological formation is simply one of the more dramatic examples of the effect of a huge quantity of water that couldn't have been created any other way. The world is covered with such examples. The entire world.

Sure, those who refuse to believe what the Bible says about a worldwide Flood some 4500 or so years ago of course make up the explanation that if it looks like it had to be formed by water, then it had to be a local flood. Of course no-one has ever seen a local flood make any such formations as we're talking about. Rivers lay down sediments in layers, and it happens to some extent in oceans too, but all that proves is that water does that sort of thing; no river or ocean ever laid down sediments to the depth or breadth of the layers we see in the formations of the Southwest, or anywhere on earth for that matter.

Take the Grand Canyon. The walls of the Grand Canyon expose the layers of sediments that form the entire plateau into which the Canyon was carved, for many hundreds of miles in all directions. You can see a higher level of layers exposed in the formations to the North, in the Grand Staircase and other formations of Utah, and there is every reason to believe those same higher levels originally extended over the Grand Canyon region as well before they were washed away. The whole stack of layers extends over a huge swath of land now divided by several States of the US.

Absurdly they try to explain this layering in terms of slow accumulation over millions of years. These are neat parallel horizontal layers of different sediments sharply separated from one another, not blurred together but sharply demarcated from one another, a limestone here, a sandstone there and so on, even up to a thickness of 1000 feet in places. Way too neat and separated from one another over hundreds of miles to allow for even a remotely plausible explanation in terms of long ages of time.

No, use your God-given sanctified imagination. There is no way those layers could have formed except by the action of water, and since we're talking about a stack of them that would originally have been at least two miles deep as well as multiplied hundreds of miles in horizontal extent we're talking about a prodigious amount of water, water that would have covered the entire Earth. Just as the Bible says.

And then of course it also took water to cut through that stack of layers to carve out the canyon itself and most of the other odd formations in the Southwest USA, water plus weather erosion. Most likely the water carving was the result of the release of a huge lake that still stood on the earth after the Flood, after the whole stack of layers had been formed, then released as a gigantic cataract. In the case of the Grand Canyon the water probably rushed into a large crack formed in the surface by earthquake activity -- A cross section of the Grand Canyon down to its base rock shows that it is cut into a mound obviously uplifted by an underground volcano, the force of which would have split the upper layers and allowed the release of any standing water into the opening. The rushing water would have sheared the walls of the canyon until it had all run out at the southern end where in fact you can see the accumulation of debris it left in its track on its way to the area that is now Baja California.

A similar scenario must have occurred in the Northwest US where in fact huge standing lakes have been shown by geologists to have existed at one time in the past. Of course they have their timeline wrong, by millions of years. Such a body of water would have been there for some unknown period after the Flood and then released by the breaking of whatever dam type formation held it back, to rush down various canyons where there is now a river still running to the sea. Probably the water would have been released during the compression of the tectonic plates that formed the Rockies, which would also have tilted the land enough in that region to start the water spilling over whatever natural dams existed. [Look up Lake Missoula and Lake Bonneville].

Occasionally you'll read of a search for evidence of Noah's Flood in some specific geologic formation, sometimes in one of the layers deeply buried, a perfectly silly idea. This is to use a microscope to locate a mountain, to study phenomena that are best seen at a distance. Since they can't find the sort of evidence they had in mind they declare the Flood not to have occurred, but BEHOLD! --all over the Earth the evidence is visible to the naked eye. It encompasses ALL of the layers as well as other kinds of formations. The researchers aren't imagining the gigantic scale of such a Flood, the gigantic forces it would have released.

Plenty more to say about this.