Backward Christian Soldiers

Dearest hijas and hijo,

Backward Christian Soldiers

Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the fight
With the cross of Jesus, nearly out of sight.
Christ, our rightful master, stands against the foe
But forward into battle, we are loathe to go.

Like a mighty tortoise moves the Church of God
Brothers, we are treading where we’ve always trod.
We are much divided, many bodies we,
Having many doctrines, not much charity.

Crowns and thorns may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus hidden does remain.
Gates of hell should never ‘gainst the Church prevail,
We have Christ’s own promise, but think that it will fail.

Sit here then ye people, join our useless throng,
Blend with us your voices in a feeble song.
Blessings, ease, and comfort, ask from Christ the King,
With our modern thinking, we don’t do a thing.
(Anonymous)

(The Evidence Bible, Bridge-Logos, Inc., Newberry, Florida, 2011, p.1806)

With love,
Dad
Vaya con Dios, mis ninos

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Who Can Tell Me? Part 2

Mis hijas and hijo,

…continued from “Who Can Tell Me? Part 1

He then considered human will:
Both the weak and strong.
He thought about conscience
That discerns the right from wrong.

He thought about emotions
And feelings that arise.
He thought about love and hate
And tears that flow from eyes.

He thought about the anger
And the joy that’s all around.
He thought about the happiness
And sadness that is found.

And filled with curiosity,
This boy would daily strive,
In hopeful expectation
That his answer would arrive.

He spoke with scientific men
Who claimed his question solved.
They told him of a great big bang,
That all things had evolved.

He then spoke with philosophers—
Heard some of them insist
That there’s no true reality
And we do not exist.

He spoke with many people
From different groups and sects,
And heard the vast opinions
Of various intellects.

Now baffled by confusion,
A very troubled youth;
Unable to discern
What is error, what is truth.

He almost gave up looking,
But he took a second look.
And very unexpectedly
He found a special Book.

As he gazed upon the first page,
He knew his search was done.
His questions all were answered
In Genesis chapter one.

With a nod of understanding,
He smiled, so elated.
For now he surely knew—
“In the beginning God created…”

(By Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, The Evidence Bible, Bridge-Logos, Inc., Newberry, Florida, 2011)

With love enduring for all time,
Dad
Vaya con Dios, mis ninos

Who Can Tell Me? Part 1

Mis hijas and hijo,

“Who can tell me where I came from?”
The little boy would ask.
His question such a good one,
Yet he faced a trying task.

Each man had different answers,
As he was soon to learn,
This brought him great confusion,
And it caused him deep concern.

He first went to his schoolmates
And they spoke with one another,
“i know, said the brightest one,
“You came from your mother.”

Now this had satisfied him,
Yet only for a time,
For as he grew, year by year,
His thoughts began to climb.

He then looked all around him,
At all that he could see,
And his mind began to wonder
How it all had come to be.

He thought about the rounded Earth,
Its tilt and its rotation,
And all the seasons that occur
In yearly circulation.

He thought about the darkness
And he thought about the light
He thought about the sun and moon
That rule the day and night.

He thought of all the creatures
Of the land and sea and skies,
Of all the different species,
And their variance in size.

He thought of all the plants and trees
And all that each provides,
Each growing from a tiny seed
With roots the soil hides.

He then looked at humanity,
The sea of different faces,
Varied tongues and characters
From many different places.

He thought of mortal bodies,
With features so profound;
And the sense of taste and touch
And smell and sight and sound.

He thought of human reproduction
And the miracle of birth,
He thought of human life itself
And all that it is worth.

…to be continued.

(By Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, The Evidence Bible, Bridge-Logos Inc., Newberry, Florida, 2011).
With all my love,
Dad
Vaya con Dios, mis ninos

Adam at the End of Creation?

Dearest hijas and hijo,

Did Adam come at the end of creation, millions and billions of years after Christ started creating the universe and the biodiversity of life on earth? If you remember from my last post and the chart we are referring to, modern humans are at the very top.

Why is this significant in terms of Christian theology? Simply put: sin and death. This sin-death causality is and has been a cornerstone of Christian theology since its inception; that the penalty for sin was death. Let me say that again, death is the penalty for sin. It started with God’s command in Genesis 2:17:

but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it, you shall surely die.

The judgement was declared by the Supreme Judge and the penalty assessed after Adam and Eve disobeyed this command in Genesis 3:19:

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.

The apostle Paul reiterates this sin-death causality in Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin…”

Paul again states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

He confirms again this sin-death causality in 1 Cor. 15:21: “For since by a man came death…”

Paul also says in 1 Cor. 15:26 that “the last enemy that will be abolished is death.” It is important to understand that Death is an enemy, an intrusion, and it was never part of Christ’s creative work.

Revelation 20:14 confirms this when in the future at the great Judgment “…death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.”

Another important piece here from Romans 8 is that the entire creation “groans and suffers” under God’s judgment (Rom. 8:22). The universal law of decay, known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is conclusive evidence for exactly this truth.

Therefore, and I refer you back to the chart above, if death has been around for millions of years as evidenced in the fossil record, then sin is not the cause of death. If sin is not the cause of death, then Christ’s death on the cross as payment for sin is unnecessary. The question becomes, “Why would Christ die a horrible death on the Cross, for the death He instituted and programmed into His creation in the first place?” This is logically incoherent and makes the gospel message foolish and irrelevant.

Christ then becomes a liar when He says in Mark 10:6:

But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.

Notice the word ‘beginning’, not at the end, millions and billions of years later. If man came at the end of creation, millions of years after all the rest of the biodiversity of life had lived and suffered and died along the way, then Christ’s words are untrue. And as God wouldn’t He know what He did or didn’t do?

With Love always,
Dad
Vaya con Dios, mis ninos!

Jesus Did Not Create the Geologic Column

Dearest hijas and hijo (welcome to the family mi hijo),

Following on from my last post, I wish to proffer for your consideration, the title of this new post. We can turn it around and make it a question if you like, “Did Jesus Create the Geologic Column, or did He not?”

GeoTimeLine

From Scripture, we know that Jesus, as God Himself, the 2nd person of the Godhead, was the agent in creation:

All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:3).

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him (Col. 1:16).

God after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also made the world (Heb. 1:1-2).

If Christ as God, was creating the biodiversity of life throughout the geologic column as seen in the above graphic, then Christ was responsible and accountable as Creator for those dead things we find in the rocks during those particular periods and epochs, is he not?

Look at the five mass extinction events in red; (1) at the beginning of the Silurian, (2) the end of the Devonian, (3) at the end of the Permian and beginning of the Triassic, (4) the end of the Triassic, and (5) the end of the Cretaceous. There is even a 6th extinction event during the Pleistocene epoch where the chart says “Extinction of large mammals and birds”.

Is Christ then not responsible for these mass extinctions? Is he not then accountable in His act of creating, for wiping out millions of creatures that He Himself just brought into existence? Was He not omnipotent enough to create perfectly, without this seemingly haphazard trial and error?

Look at the very top of the chart. What does it say under ‘Life Forms’? It says ‘Modern Humans’, does it not, during the Holocene epoch, supposedly 0.01 mya (millions of years ago). Those of our ancestors who look like you and I didn’t come on the scene until the very end. Why is that important? Stay tuned…

With all my love,

Dad

Vaya con Dios, mis ninos!

Why Study Geology? It Matters

Dearest hijas,

As believers who have placed their faith in Christ for the answer to our sin problem, and have submitted to His Lordship over the whole of our lives, including our minds, why am I saying that we should study and understand geology, especially the geologic column and time-line?

Because geology and specifically the geologic column and its time-line is where the battle most ardently rages today. What battle, you may ask? The battle for the souls of every lost person on the planet; the battle between the Judeo-Christian worldview and the worldview of naturalism; the battle on those even in our churches who wish to compromise Scripture to the secularist’s creation myth.

You see, we need to be students of history, as well as students of God’s Word. We should be delving into historical settings and events to understand where ideas come from, how they developed, and the mindset of those who proffer and push a certain idea. This is part and parcel of being a discerning Christian.

If we do that, we find that geology was the arena in which the conflict between Christianity and naturalism first took place. Secular scientists claim that geology is their strongest evidence against the Bible. We can see historically, that skepticism of the worldwide Flood opened the floodgates to a thorough skepticism of the entire Bible. Finally, the timescale of uniformitarian history (the millions and billions of years) is the cornerstone of evolution. For all these reasons, geology is of key importance to Christians.

 

Secularists, wanting to justify their rebellion against God; wanting not to acknowledge that God exists and that they are accountable to Him, point to the geologic column as demonstrating that man evolved from a simple cell during the Precambrian period. From there the progression was blind, impersonal, and naturalistic up through the column arriving at man at the very top. There was a lot of death along the way; a lot of disease and suffering, a lot of bloodshed, six mass extinctions of millions of creatures, and many, many natural evils (meteor impacts, hurricanes, devastating ice and dust storms, massive volcanic eruptions, etc.). Go to the link below to see a larger image of the above.

Earth’s history as seen through the geologic column

But how does the secular story, and specifically the time-line, comport with the Biblical account? It doesn’t. And there lies the rub, the conflict, the battle, and why as Christians we should be thoroughly versed in the geologic column and its implications for our faith.

All my love,
Dad
Vaya con Dios, mis hijas

Purgatory: A False Hope

Dearest hijas,

Have you ever contemplated the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory? I found this blog article by Pastor John MacArthur an excellent synopsis of the Protestant and Reformational doctrine of justification by faith alone and the Roman Catholic doctrine and reason for purgatory within their system. Remember that ‘justification by faith alone’ was one of the Five Sola’s of the Reformation.

The False Hope of Purgatory

Notice the example of Jesus and the rich young ruler from Matthew 19:16-26 and what Jesus says it means to be ‘good’. Remember from Psalm 14 and Romans 3:10-18 that

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

And so, if that is the case, how do we become righteous and justified before God; how do we become ‘good’; ‘good’ enough to earn his favor; ‘good’ enough in His eyes to obtain eternal life?

Imputed righteousness. The moment we believe (Rom. 10:9) (2 Cor.5:21), not a process of righteousness and justification throughout life that no one can attain to and must be worked out after death in purgatory.

Enjoy!

With Love,
Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas!

Socialism and Capitalism

Dearest hijas,

How Socialism Can Ruin Your Life

I’m departing a bit from my usual themes to reference the link and article above on the contrast between socialism and capitalism, because I think you need to know this. It’s important. Click on the link above and read the entire article if you could.

There is a reason why America is a capitalistic society and not a socialistic one. There is a connection from capitalism back to biblically sound principles found in Scripture. You need to see if you can see those connections, and the contrast, why socialism has very few if any connections to biblically sound principles. With the ever increasing push in our society to move towards socialism, we need to remember why we are capitalistic and not socialistic.

Enjoy!

With all my love,
Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas!

A Proper Christian Theodicy

Dearest hijas,

One of the most pernicious arguments against the existence of God is based on the existence of physical and moral evil in the world. The question many unbelievers voice is, “If God is real, perfectly good and omnipotent, how can evil exist?” The “problem of evil” can be characterized in the following syllogism:

Premise 1: If God were all powerful, He would be able to prevent evil.
Premise 2: If God were all good, He would desire to prevent evil.
Conclusion: If God were both all-powerful and all-good, there would be no evil.
Premise 3: But there is evil.
Conclusion: Therefore, no all-powerful, all-good God exists.

The Christian response to the problem of evil is called theodicy, from the Greek theos and dike and combined mean “judicial hearing of God”, or the “justification of God”. Theodicy involves a vindication of God’s justice against the charge that the presence of evil in creation shows him to be unjust, capricious, cruel, haphazard, nonexistent, or even diabolical.

Theodicy declares that God is all-powerful and all-good, even though this might not seem to be the case since both physical (natural) and moral evil (sin) exists in His creation. The only proper Christian theodicy then, must come from Scripture.

Consider the following questions:
1. What did the first Adam do that the last Adam had to undo?

2: The promised Seed of Gen. 3:15 came to fix what as the last Adam?

3: What did Christ have to rectify, fix, stop?

Now consider the following:
1. If I define incorrectly the results/consequences of the first Adam, then I am redefining incorrectly the effects of the last Adam.

2. If natural evil (death, parasites, diseases, tumors, cancers, carnivory (including “the chase”), animals red in tooth and claw, bloodshed, mass extinctions, meteorite impacts, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, massive earthquakes) existed before Adam, then Christ’s work on the cross doesn’t alter it, and it’s not part of the judgment of Genesis 3.

3. Millions and billions of years of death, disease, blood, gore, killing, natural disasters, etc., then become the work of Christ in creation (John 1:3, Col. 1:16), the outflow of His very being.

4. Millions and billions of years (a random, wasteful, inefficient, trial and error charade) makes Christ guilty of a creative process that involved death, disease, blood, gore, killing, natural disasters, etc., in the animal kingdom and throughout the earth in the process of arriving at man millions of years later.

5. It therefore impugns Christ with divine confusion and cruelty, and opposes the very character of God: His Holiness, His Love, His justice and fairness, His wisdom, His goodness, etc.

6. When Christ comes to His work on the cross then in the New Testament, He would be dying for his own work, pierced through for His own transgressions, bruised for His own iniquities, chastened for His own well-being (compare to Isaiah 53), not as judgment for the consequences of the first Adam’s sin.

A proper Christian theodicy begins in Genesis with a proper theology of the first Adam as the reason and requirement for a proper theology of the last Adam.

With love always,
Dear ol’ Dad,
Vaya con Dios mis hijas

Conundrum: Solved

Dearest hijas,

The solution to the conundrum I proposed in the previous post is in the wording, isn’t it? There really is no missing dollar. The hotel got $25 for the room ($30 minus the $5 given to the bellhop). The three sisters paid a total of $27 ($9 x 3) for the room. The difference of $27-$25 = $2 is what the bellhop kept for himself. Everything accounted for.

Love,
Dear ol’ Dad
Vaya con Dios mis hijas

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