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Should You Teach Lies to Protect Your Beliefs?

I have not written unto you because you don’t know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. I John 2:21 

English: Montevideo, Uruguay

Some time ago I wrote about a kindergarten teacher’s guide to introducing Evolution to little kids. She had no problem using resources she knew didn’t match the truth because it still gave the general idea she wanted the kids to know. In the past few days I’ve run into some more articles which show just how big a problem fudging the truth is.

First, a shout out to my facebook champion, Cowboy Bob, the founder of The Question Evolution Project. I didn’t find out about his work until last Spring, but someone else shared one of his posts from earlier which was a share from a Creation Ministries International article from 2008! Here’s the direct link to their article:

Evolutionist: it’s OK to deceive students to believe evolution

Here are some highlights:

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Bora Zivkovic, Online Community Manager at PLoS-ONE [one of the top evolutionary journals] said, ‘You cannot bludgeon kids with truth (or insult their religion, i.e., their parents and friends) and hope they will smile and believe you. Yes, NOMA is wrong, but is a good first tool for gaining trust. You have to bring them over to your side, gain their trust, and then hold their hands and help them step by step. And on that slow journey, which will be painful for many of them, it is OK to use some inaccuracies temporarily if they help you reach the students.’

That first bit in English means, if you insult Jesus outright, kids are smart enough to figure out what’s going on. “NOMA” stands for the idea that science talks about completely different things than “religion” does. The whole point of early introductions to evolution is to get kids to believe you even when you tell them they are the sons of stupid animals.

Here’s the conclusion:

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Many Christians expect evolutionists to be honest and fair. Indeed many are. But we should not be too surprised whenever someone who denies an absolute moral Lawgiver chooses to transgress moral/ethical bounds deliberately, and what’s more, proclaims it as a worthy act.

We do rely on evolutionists to be honest in their journals. Creation scientists don’t have nearly enough research money to find out all the things we need to know. Thank God, a number of areas we’re interested in are considered worthwhile by the Evolutionary community as well. At least in jargon filled papers adults have a hard time following they will put enough facts in for us to work with.

But such information isn’t allowed to get out to kids. Check it out for yourself by asking them if they’ve heard of all the soft tissue we’ve found in dinosaur fossils. Be sure you have plenty of facts for them to learn about!

The other example of this kind of deceitful thinking was on an article about how to fit organisms into Darwin’s Evolutionary tree of life.

Creation Evolution Headlines: Darwin’s Tree of Life is a Tangled Bramble Bush

All they do is quote a press release from Vanderbilt University summarizing a paper in Nature from May, 2013. It’s chock full of of science speak, but here are some of the best bits:

In broad terms, Rokas and Salichos found that genetic data is less reliable during periods of rapid radiation, when new species were formed rapidly.

The researchers found the genetic information we are collecting isn’t trustworthy when trying to describe a time when bunches of creatures changed from one to another quickly.

Do they tell kids this?

A case in point is the Cambrian explosion, the sudden appearance about 540 million years ago of a remarkable diversity of animal species, without apparent predecessors.

Complex fossils make a “sudden appearance” at a certain point in the sedimentary layers with no sign of a simpler organism to have evolved from.

Do they tell kids this?

Here’s the part kids and parents need to really get:

CEH editors say, “The authors not only advised throwing out some standard practices of tree-building, but (amazingly) proposed evolutionists throw out the “uninformative” conflicting data and only use data that seems to support the Darwinian tree: “the subset of genes with strong phylogenetic signal is more informative than the full set of genes, suggesting that phylogenomic analyses using conditional combination approaches, rather than approaches based on total evidence, may be more powerful.”” (emphasis added)

They’ve already had to throw out “conflicting data” to get people to look genetically close to chimps. Why stop there? To keep Evolution from looking as impossible as it is, they will have to do this more and more.

We expect no less from people whose worldview requires them to be blind to any evidence of the Creator God. But, all of us, and especially young people, need to know what is really going on before intrusting our eternal souls into people’s hands.

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Romans 1:18-20 NLT

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Prove it!

English: The young Hebrew David hoists the hea...

The young Hebrew David hoists the head of the Philistine Goliath

Creation Today’s facebook page and their sub-page Creation Kids Club (about their new book series) liked my own facebook page today!  So I went over to visit them and checked out all the places they liked.  One of their other “likes” was a guy named Aaron Judkins who writes Biblical fiction and has his own WordPress blog at Man vs Archaeology.  I wanted to link to his post about giants, but there just isn’t enough verifiable proof that these things are real for me to risk my reputation on.

People have been hoaxing each other probably since the beginning of time (maybe that’s how Cain got Abel to walk off alone with him….).  Most of the time we’re happy to find someone to trust and accept them, but that can be dangerous.  Continue reading

Sir Isaac Newton, the Historian

Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by S...

Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by Sir James Thornhill

I was looking around to see how far back the timelines of the earliest Post-Flood civilizations can be accurately traced and ran into this book:

 

The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended by Sir Isaac Newton, first published in 1728 (one year after his death).

Turns out Newton was very interested in the written histories of ancient civilizations.  He was really good at reading Latin and Greek so it was no problem for him to study manuscripts dating back to the time of Alexander and examine how trustworthy their stories were.

Many of the earliest nations that the Bible talks about had been lost so completely that only people who trusted the Bible believed that they had really existed. Continue reading

The Accuracy of the Bible on Astronomy: Part 1

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Cover via Amazon

Last month I asked Dr. Jason Lisle  if he had done a book that talked about all the Bible references to astronomy.  Sure enough, he had done one called Taking Back Astronomy.  As soon as I could I bought a copy and I’m thrilled with it.  Since Dr. Lisle’s new book, the Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky is published by the same group (New Leaf Publishers, the one’s I want to write for someday), it is sure to be beautiful enough to display as a coffee table book.   But, this isn’t a book review post (I’ll do those when this blog is popular enough to get free samples to review), so on to what the Bible has to say!!

My dad showed me a couple of years ago how he had noticed God talking about “stretching the heavens,” which I’ve already posted on.  That alone is enough to prove that the Bible knows what it’s talking about on the nature of the universe. The rest of these are just icing on the cake.

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: Isaiah 40:22

Doubters like to say that this verse proves that the Bible writers thought the earth was flat like a plate, and they’re right that the word here doesn’t mean sphere or ball.  The word used for circle is the geometric word for compass it just tells you that God drew a circle on the earth.   There are two other verses that use this term, Job 22:14 and Proverbs 8:27, both of them are talking about astronomy too. As we know, people from right after the Flood were sailing the world and well knew that the earth was a sphere. But if you look at the earth from space, it does looks like a plate.  Isaiah was pointing out how big God is.  Notice that this is one of the “stretching the heavens” verses!  It is wonderful how they all fit together.

He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof. Job 26:10,11

Here we have the verb “to compass” much like in the last verse.  Dr. Lisle takes this to mean that the twilight line dividing the day side of our planet from the night side is always a circle.  I hadn’t realized this verse was talking about astronomy until I read that verse.

Hubble telescope image known as Pillars of Cre...

Hubble telescope image known as Pillars of Creation (I didn’t invent that title)

Verse 11 is not mentioned in Dr. Lisle’s book, but I would guess that doubters like to say this verse means that Job thought there were pillars holding up the heavens.  You might want to try this idea on for size.  The “pillars” of heaven don’t have to be stone columns because the Hebrew word is the same one used for the “pillar of cloud by night” in Exodus. Perhaps Job was talking about Nebulae!

I decided to do a GoodSearch to see what kind of technology it would take to see a Nebula since we know the Ancients had telescopes. This page says what you need is a big aperture.  So then I went to find out what that meant.  Turns out the bigger the glass, the better for this and we know that’s something the Ancients certainly had.

I have no idea if this is what Job was really talking about, but it’s a good possibility.  I also found that the first “modern” astronomer to record having seen nebulae was Charles Messier in 1758. Here’s a list of his telescopes, they don’t seem to have been too powerful, so it is quite likely that ancient telescopes were powerful enough to have seen some of these objects.

Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Deuteronomy 4:39

A Personal Testimony to Read

Oil painting,

“Praying Hands” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

For those of you who are old enough to be thinking about the big issues in life, like Eric Hovind mentioned in his email letter, here’s a testimony to read.  It is interesting to see Misty go through the thought process of searching out truth.  I especially enjoyed how she realized that there must be a Creator God and how she recognized the wrongness of the idea of vanishing into cosmic oneness.  I’m also glad she knew that a person is a person no matter how small and to see the attraction of people who are true friends with Jesus. 

Not being a Catholic myself, I still recognize why every church being a law to itself was troubling for her.  It is sad, but it is one of the best tactics the Enemy has for diminishing our power in the world.  She happens to be wrong about the unchanging nature of Catholic doctrine, but if there was a church that had stayed true for all these years without swerving, I would sure be interested.

I ran into this story on Barbara Curtis’ facebook page.

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  Acts 17:26-28