Gems From Genesis – And It Was Good

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

Six times in Genesis 1, we find the phrase “It was good.”  This phrase follows a pattern:  God speaks and something happens.  Then God examines His work and pronounces it “good.”  Following the creation of man – male and female – God looks at all that He has made and says, “It is very good.” This is not a series of haphazard, trial and error events.  Rather, God follows a well thought-out plan.  He is purposeful and precise in what He does.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  Nor does He follow “dead-end” pathways or blind alleys.  Each step, each act is “good.”  How different this is from the evolutionary view of origins, based on time, chance, and natural processes – accidents, death, elimination of the “unfit,” and eons of time leading to extinction.  How different is the God of the Bible from the “gods” of evolution!  He knows what He wants and He does it – in an orderly, masterful way. Some people would have us believe that God used evolution as His method of creating.  But why would God use such a wasteful, cruel way, based on chance, struggle for survival, and death?  Evolution is not consistent with the revelation of God given in Scripture.  Throughout the Bible, we see God’s power, wisdom, and goodness.  We read that He is a God of order, not of chaos.  He continually acts to bring order out of chaos, light out of darkness, and life out of death. GOD IS GOOD!  He will not act in any manner inconsistent with His character.  He is Light and Life and Love.  And He is LORD!  All His works are done in righteousness, justice, grace, and truth.  At the cross, His love triumphed over hatred, and His goodness defeated the evil.  Even now, He is working to bring all things into conformity to His will and preparing a place for us to dwell with Him forever in righteousness.  His goodness is poured out on us abundantly day by day.  “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” (Ps 33:5) “O taste and see that the LORD is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps 34:8) “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Ps. 118:29) By Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the May/June 2008 issue of Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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Gems From Genesis – Are the Days in Genesis 1 Really Days?

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

My first year of college, I went to a liberal “Christian” college.  I remember being taught that the days of creation were not “real” days, but were periods of time, millions of years long and were representative of the long ages of evolutionary history.  This is a common belief in our world today.  However, I believe that there are many reasons to reject this “Day-Age Theory” and to confidently affirm the literal accuracy of the Creation account in Genesis. First, God called them “days” in Genesis 1 and then affirmed them at the giving of the Ten Commandments.  Ex 20:11 says:  “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.”  At Mt. Sinai, God spoke these words directly to the people of Israel and later inscribed them on stone tablets.  Down through history, the Jewish people believed them.  Jesus never questioned the Genesis account, or offered anything but a strictly literal interpretation of it.  Neither did the prophets or apostles.  That should be good enough for us, but there is so much more. Second, the word used for “day” in Genesis 1 is “yom.”  This Hebrew word is overwhelmingly used for a literal day throughout the Old Testament.  However, to add force to this, when used with a numerical modifier (e.g. first, second, third), it always means a literal day.  Then, to make it even more emphatic, the words “evening and morning” are used to define the day, and further clarified by associating night and day with darkness and light.  How could you make it any clearer? Thirdly, the evolutionary/long-age theory undermines the whole basis of the Gospel message.  If indeed the days of Genesis are representative of long ages of evolutionary history, then death is a normal part of physical existence and there have been long ages of death and struggle leading up to man.  However, Scripture clearly teaches (Gen 3, Rom 5:12, I Cor 15) that death came into the world because of Adam’s sin, that Jesus died on the cross as payment for sin, and that death is an enemy which will one day be done away with. There are many other reasons from science and Scripture to reject evolution and the long ages associated with it.  I would encourage you to study further that you might be prepared to “give an answer” and to teach others also.  God’s Word is true.  We can believe it from beginning to end. (Visit our store and search other articles and Creation Nuggets for further resources.) By Mary Jo Nutting Suggested resources: The Genesis Record, The Answers Book, Discover Creation DVD series:  It’s About Time.) Originally published in the September/October 2007 issue of Think & Believe newsletter. Please call our office or email us at aoi@discovercreation.org for additional resources on these...

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A Biblical Model of Earth History

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

The book of Genesis has been called the book of origins. Though it is not a detailed “textbook,” it gives a framework for understanding the origin of space, matter, time, the earth, the universe, life, marriage, families, cultures, government, religion, languages, and people groups. For study purposes, it is helpful to divide the Biblical record of earth history into 7 major periods or events: Creation, Fall, Pre-Flood, Flood, Post-Flood, Present, and Future. While it is beyond the scope of this book to discuss these in detail, a brief overview follows. (See The Genesis Record by Dr. Henry Morris for a detailed study.) Creation: The Bible teaches that the “heavens and the earth” were created “to be inhabited” (Is. 45:18) by the Word of God from “things not seen” (Heb. 11:3). Genesis 1 gives an overview of the order in which God created, while Genesis 2 gives a complementary account focusing especially on the creation of the first human beings. There are numerous references to the Creator and His creative acts throughout the Bible. Books have been written on this topic, but here we will make just a few observations: 1) The Bible indicates that God finished His creation in 6 days and rested on the 7th. 2) The phrase “after its kind” (or a similar statement) occurs ten times in Genesis 1 alone, indicating that distinct “kinds” were created independently – one “kind” of thing did not arise from another “kind” as evolution teaches. 3) At the end of the creation week, it was “very good” – functionally complete with fruit on the trees, “mature” human beings, and all sorts of plants and animals occupying various ecological niches. 4) Humans were intelligent from the beginning; they were given the job of caring for the earth, used language for communication, and had the capacity to make intellectual and moral choices. Fall: This last capacity, the ability to make choices, got them into real trouble. Doubting the Creator’s words and His character, they chose to disobey and rebel against the Creator. Their choice impacted the whole of creation (since they had been given dominion over it). Pain, suffering, and death came into the world. The formerly productive ground now yielded thorns and thistles, and scraping a living from the ground became hard work. Despite the consequences of their disobedience, the Creator continued to interact with His creation, though the intimate fellowship has been broken. Pre-Flood: Though we have little direct information about this period of time, there are some interesting hints and inferences from science and the Bible. It seems the climate was milder than today. Fossil evidence indicates the existence of vast amounts of lush vegetation. It also indicates that many animals (including dinosaurs), plants, and even some people grew much larger in the past. In addition, records from the Bible and other cultural traditions indicate that people lived much...

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Gems From Genesis – By the Word of the Lord

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

According to the evolutionary paradigm, it took millions of years of trial and error to “create” everything in the universe; but the Bible tells us a very different story – God spoke, and it was done!  Notice how often words referring to speech are used in Genesis1.  (“God said,” vs. 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 29; “God called,” vs. 5, 8, 10; “God blessed,” vs. 22, 28.)  This truth is affirmed throughout Scripture.  Note the following examples (bold added for emphasis): “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. ..For he spake, and it was done; he commanded and it stood fast.” (Ps. 33: 6, 9) “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God… “(Heb. 11; 3) By the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:5-7) So we see, our world was created and is being kept by the active, authoritative word of God. What power there is in His word! But the word of God is not just sound waves moving through the air – nor is it just ink on a page. The Word is a Person – living and active: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…by whom also he made the worlds…” (Heb. 1:1-2) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. …And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1-3, 14) The Word is still speaking – still creating “new creatures in Christ” (2 Cor 5:17); still “upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb 1:3); still leading His flock (John 10:27-28), teaching, correcting, reproving, training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16), and cleansing from sin (Eph 5:26).  Oh, that He would open our ears to hear Him more clearly – as we gaze at a beautiful sunrise, as we meditate on the words written on the pages of our Bibles, and as we wait for His still small voice speaking deep in our hearts.  May we like Samuel say, “Speak; for they servant heareth.” (1 Sam 4:10) By Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the November/December 2007 issue of Think & Believe newsletter. Please...

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Did the Continents Split in the Days of Peleg?

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 in Books and movies we like | 0 comments

In the Table of Nations (genealogies) recorded in Genesis 10, most names are listed without additional comment. However, when you get to verse 25, you read: “To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.” What does this little phrase, “in his days the earth was divided” mean? Some Christians have suggested that it means the dividing and separating of the continents occurred during the life of Peleg, but there are some major reasons to reject this idea. The following are taken from Bodie Hodge’s book, Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors (pp. 98-99). 1. When Genesis 10:25 is read within the context of the whole of Genesis 10, the four other verses (5, 18, 20, and 32) speaking of the division clearly emphasize that this was a linguistic and family division of all post-Flood people into different lands (geographical locations). 2. Had the division of continents occurred during the days of Peleg, then the associated catastrophism would have resulted in another worldwide Flood, in violation of God’s specific promise to Noah. [Note: This would have happened due to earthquakes and tsunamis generated by catastrophic movement of continents.] 3. Had the division of continents occurred during the days of Peleg, then the ark (with Peleg’s ancestors) would have had no place to land, as the mountains of Ararat produced by continental collisions would not have yet existed. 4. There is tremendous fossil and geologic evidence for continental division having occurred only during the Flood. Hodge deals with several other objections in his book, but they are out of the scope of this short article. He concludes that the event occurring in the days of Peleg, refers to the division of languages, not the division of the continents. For anyone interested in pursuing this further, I would suggest getting the book and studying it, along with his references. (For more on the division of the continents, see – Drifting Plates or Flying Saucers? Continental “Drift” and Plate Tectonics.) By Mary Jo Nutting Originally published in the May/June 2013 Think and Believe...

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Lessons from Babel

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

I have been reading Bodie Hodge’s new book, Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors. The information Hodge presents is not only fascinating and enlightening, but it also got me thinking about what we can learn for our own lives and times from this long-ago event. First of all, we need to understand that the event described in Genesis 11 is historically true and accurate. Like the rest of Scripture, it is inspired by God and included in the Biblical record for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16). It is not just a “myth,” a parable, or a Sunday School story for kids, as many people would have you believe. So what can we learn from Babel? Obviously there is not space in this article for an in-depth theological treatise – nor am I equipped to write one. However, here are some lessons that came to mind as I studied and thought about this event. We are still feeling its effects to this very day. In Genesis 9, God told Noah and his family to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” But then in Genesis 11:4, we read Noah’s descendants saying, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” From the beginning, God’s plan was for mankind to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue it and have dominion (Genesis 1:28). How often are we more concerned about making a name for ourselves than we are about magnifying the name of God? How often do we attempt to build a city for ourselves while forgetting or ignoring God’s commands to love Him and others, and, out of that love, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15)? That “world” might include family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, strangers we meet in our day-today life – or it might include going to those of other nations and cultures. God’s heart is for the “world” – for people everywhere to come to repentance, salvation, and the knowledge of the truth (II Peter 3:9; I Timothy 2:4). Is that also our heart? Is it our priority? Do we really care? Also note that, up until the time when God intervened and confused the languages, all people spoke one language and were all “one people” (Gen. 11:6). God saw that they were united in this tower-building project, and said that now nothing would be impossible for them. I don’t begin to understand all that is meant by this, but there must have been some dire implications because God intervened by confusing the languages. If you have ever been in a setting where you could not communicate because of language barriers, you know how difficult, frustrating, and...

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Genesis Series on the Road…

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  We had a wonderful time at Sheridan Lake, CO, teaching and having fellowship with the saints.  We taught eleven hours at Sheridan Lake Bible Church, and nine of those eleven hours were spent teaching Genesis chapters one through three.  Even with the nine hours of teaching, we did not quite finish Genesis chapter three.  It was a casual time of teaching, and during the teaching I enjoyed answering various questions they had about Genesis and creation in general.  After all was done, the pastor shared his thoughts about the importance of taking Genesis literally and not falling for the wisdom of the world. The following Tuesday evening we started teaching at Faith Baptist Church located in Pawnee City, NE.  Since I was just here last year, and taught my creation science series, I thought I would teach my Genesis series.  While I taught the young people and adults, my wife Sue, taught the children.  She is improving her programs by incorporating creation science power point presentations into her time with the children.  She is excited about the changes and so are the children. I truly enjoy teaching the Genesis series, because Genesis proclaims many of the scientific concepts and laws modern scientists have just discovered in the last few hundred years.  In other words, Genesis is relevant to scientific discovery and things we observe today.  I was always taught that “the present is the key to the past,” but that worldview can cause many scientific mistakes.  The truth is “the past is the key to the present,” and this is why Genesis is so important for scientific research today.  Stay tuned for more from the Genesis Road Show.   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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Does Yom Convey a 24 Hour Day in the Creation Account?

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 in Johnsons from the Front | 0 comments

  In the Bible, the Hebrew word for day is Yom. By looking up the word yom in a concordance you will see that it can have a variety of meanings:  a period of light as contrasted to night, a 24-hour period, time, a specific point of time, or a year.1 As I shared in my last blog (Compromising the Word of God) the meaning of the word yom or “day” is understood by its context. In the Genesis account of creation, God gave us parameters by defining the word day with ‘evening and morning.’  “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Gen. 1:5) [Emphasis added]. Every day of creation thereafter – ending with, “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (v. 31) – always use the term “evening and morning.”  Also note that the Genesis creation account always uses a number with the word “day.” (Genesis 1: 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31) Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with a number 359 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with the word “evening” or “morning” 23 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. “Evening” and “morning” appear in association, but without yom, 38 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. Outside of Genesis 1, “night” is used with yom 53 times, and each time it means an ordinary day. Even the usage of the word “light” with yom in this passage determines the meaning as ordinary day.2 The plural of yom can be used to communicate a longer time period, such as “… all the days of Noah.” (Gen. 9:29) However, the plural of yom does not appear in the Genesis 1 creation account. Also, there are words in biblical Hebrew (such as olam or qedem) that could have been used to convey long periods of time, or indefinite time3 … however; none of these words are used in the creation account. Dr. James Barr (Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford University), a skeptic on the historicity of Genesis, had this to say: “So far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1-11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that (a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience …” 4 When we look at how the word yom is used in the creation account and its use outside of Genesis 1, it seems clear to me that the days God was describing were literal 24 hour days.   Lanny Johnson 1.  Online Bible Edition, Version 4.08.04, Mar. 20, 2011, 10.13, Copyright ©1987-2011, Larry Pierce, 11 Holmwood St., Winterbourne, Ontario, Canada, NOB2VO, Archaeology, Creationism and Science Archaeology, Creation, The...

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…On The Right Track In Genesis

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

  Below is a segment from a letter I just received from my translator in India.  A few years ago, he translated my Genesis series over a period of two weeks for a number of Bible colleges and seminaries.   …Hope you are keeping well as I do here by His grace. I just want to say…………….You have been the mentor of life. Though I did not realize it earlier. Now it feels great to have someone who guided me to the right track in life. Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you. With a great teacher like you, I was sure that life would be a successful journey but I never knew you will also make the journey to success such a cakewalk. I can’t express my gratitude Sir!   Thanks for the love and the concerns you do have for me.   The conclusion of his letter is not me, but the information which was taught.  I was only with him for a few days, and what I taught was mostly Genesis chapters one through three and creation science.  The Bible and the Holy Spirit are our guide and his.  I believe if you get started on the right track in Genesis, it will help you stay on track with the rest of Scripture and the journey of life.  To God be the Glory!   Rich Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing.  Thanks for your...

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He Created….Much Like A Carpenter

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Let us turn back to Genesis. Genesis 1:1-2 The word ‘beginning’ is a reference to time.  The word ‘heaven’ is a reference to space.  Now in this space, there are no stars, planets, moons, sun, etc.  It is just empty three dimensional space.  The word ‘earth’ means matter and this matter is only water molecules as we will read later.  This earth is not the earth we inhabit today.  This earth, or matter, is without form as we will read in verse two. We also read in verse one that God created, which means He created time, space, and matter out of nothing.  This is the beginning of God’s universe, and to have a universe we need time, space, and matter.  If you eliminate any one or more of these three things, you will no longer have a universe.  According to empirical science, there is only one universe which is made up of all three things.  So the universe is a type of a trinity.  God is a trinity: God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit.  God’s creation reflects His nature. Genesis 1:1-2 The earth in verse two is the same earth as in verse one.  This earth is without form.   In the Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the word ‘form’ is defined as a determinate shape.  So the word without form means the earth does not have any determinate shape.  God is speaking in construction terms.  It is like a carpenter preparing to build a house.  Before he starts the construction, he first has to deliver the building materials to the construction site.  He will have lumber, plywood, nails, etc.  These building materials are neither waste nor in chaos.  They are usually very expensive and piled up in an orderly way.  But the building is without form.  As the contractor builds the house, it begins to take shape.  When he is finished, the building now has determinate shape.  This is what God is trying to tell us in verse two.  His universe does not have determinate shape yet, but at the end of six days it will have that shape.  It sounds like God is a carpenter.   Richard Stepanek If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing. Thanks for your...

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Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning God…

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Genesis 1:1  “In the beginning God…” This is a very scientific statement.  This statement deals with the ‘Law of Cause and Effect, or the Law of Causality’. For example, if I drop a ball, the ball will fall and hit the ground.  The effect is the ball falling and hitting the ground.  What was the cause?  What caused the ball to fall?  It was gravity, so gravity is the cause.  Now, what caused or made gravity?  How did gravity get here?  Eventually we need to start with what we call a ‘first cause’, something or someone that had to make and/or create everything. What is this first cause according to some scientists? Discover magazine April 2002 tells us that the ‘first cause’ was evolution. ‘The universe burst into something from absolutely nothing-zero, nada.  And as it got bigger, it became filled with even more stuff that came from absolutely nowhere.  How is that possible?  Ask Alan Guth.  His theory of inflation helps explain everything.’ In other words: Nothing did something to nothing to make everything.  For evolution, nothing is the first cause.  But nothing has no intelligence, no power, and no presence.  This idea of something coming from nothing violates the ‘First Law of Thermodynamics’, which states that matter and energy can neither create nor destroy itself.  Evolution violates science! Back to Genesis: Genesis 1:1 ‘In the beginning God… In Scripture, God becomes the first cause.  God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.  A being with these attributes would have no problem creating things out of nothing. Another question arises: is there an opposite of God?  Some people think Satan is the opposite of God.  I do not think so.  I believe nothing is the opposite of God.  God has all knowledge, power, and presence, and nothing has nothing!  As we discussed earlier, science, creation, and God go together. So I believe the opposite of God, science, and creation is nothing, pseudo-science, and evolution. I was taught in high school and college the motto for evolution is “The present is the key to the past.”  But in Scripture, “the past is the key to the present.”  This means Genesis and creation are relevant for today.  To understand the world around us, we need to understand Genesis and creation. This brings us back again to Genesis Chapter One. Day one or the first day of creation starts on Genesis 1:1. Genesis 1:1a, In the beginning God… The word “beginning” is a reference to time.  God created time, so this means that God is outside of time.  He does not function in time like we do.  Some people do not understand this concept so they tend to misinterpret II Peter 3:8. People who believe that the days in Genesis chapter one are not literal days, will use this verse to try and prove their point.  A closer examination of this verse, and a better understanding of...

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Can Man Make Himself?

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Stepaneks from the Front | 0 comments

Before we continue in Genesis let us observe the statue to the right. In the picture, we see a statue of a man carving himself out of rock.  Do you see anything strange here?  Do you believe this could happen?  Can statues make themselves by carving themselves out of rock?  What about humans?  Can humans make themselves from rocks, or the elements of the earth?  What you are looking at is evolution.  Evolution states that we can make ourselves out of the elements of the world.   All you need is rock, gasses, dirt, water, and just add some energy to put it all together.  I forgot one thing… ‘time.’  Time is the magic wand of evolution. The one thing which is missing in this picture is time.  I was taught that given enough time anything can happen.  With billions of years of time, the elements of the earth could organize themselves into the first living organisms.   Then with additional billions of years, these first life forms evolve into humans.  In other words, we can make ourselves! The Bible addresses this problem. Psalm 100:3 – Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  (emphasis added) We know statues cannot make themselves.  Just ask a child or a scientist and they will say it is impossible.  We can observe rocks, test rocks, and do scientific research on rocks.  No matter how much time a rock has, it will not turn itself into a statue of a human.  We know it takes a sculptor to make a statue.  It would be silly for a statue to argue with his maker that he made himself and not the sculptor. God knew statues cannot make themselves long before we knew it.  He also knows we cannot make ourselves no matter how much time there is.  We will be addressing these topics and others as we study Genesis. Using Scripture as our source of truth, we know this statue cannot make itself.  It takes a sculptor to make a statue out of rock, and Scripture also tells us it takes a Creator to make us.  We can make statues, but we have neither the intelligence nor the technology to bring life from rocks.  God who created life, including humans, has to be a greater source of intelligence and technology than man. Many scientists of Charles Darwin’s day understood this, and they rejected Darwin’s idea of evolution.  Some spent many years refuting spontaneous generation, which states that life came from dead matter.  It was the liberal and worldly church of Darwin’s day that supported Darwin’s theory of evolution. *see Creation 21(4) Sept. – Nov. 1999. Because of the lack of true scientific and Biblical knowledge, many people are destroyed, lives ruined, and eternal damnation from the rejection of Jesus as their Saviour. Hosea 4:6 –...

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