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May
21
There Is No Genetic Code for the Human Soul
James 2:26
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
The $250 million Human Genome Project is attempting to map all the human genes. Their preliminary findings were released sometime in the year of 2000. Some observers have been saying that the human...
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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139:13-16
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Illustration of a  baby in the wombOne of the most famous and beautiful passages in the Bible, concerning unborn children, is found in Psalm 139.

Is a Fetus Human?

Jeremiah 1:4-5
“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Pregnant woman with outline of a baby drawn on her stomach.The Bible does not directly refer to abortion. Of course, there are many other issues on which the Bible does not give a specific comment. However, in many cases, it is clear what the biblical position is. I believe the same is true with the subject of abortion. And the Bible does have a great deal to say about the status of life before birth.

Does Our Blood Prove Evolution?

Ephesians 2:13
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by the blood of Christ.”

Photo: A unit of fresh frozen blood plasmaOne of the early evidences for evolution, at one time found in almost every school textbook, was based upon the salt content of human blood plasma and the salt content of the sea. Professor Macallum of the University of Toronto began with the assumption that life on earth began in the sea and that the first land creatures had retained that sea salt concentration in their blood.

Vision Reveals God's Hand

Proverbs 20:12
“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them.”

Photo: Optic disc (highlighted) shows area on retina where blood vessels converge, resulting in blind spot. (CC BY-SA 3.0)Did you know that if you stared at an object with absolutely no eye movement you would eventually go blind? Actually, it is impossible to stare at anything without some eye movement and there is a good reason for this.

The Lord Came Down to See

Genesis 11:5
“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.”

Heermskerck’s Hanging Gardens of BabylonGod was not pleased with the people of Babel when they wanted to build a city and a tower with its top in the heavens. This is because their aim of preventing their own dispersal throughout the world was in contravention of God’s command, and their intention to make a name for themselves is opposite to our commitment to seek God’s glory.

Itching Ears

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2 Timothy 4:3-4
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Girl walking down dark stone steps using a flashlightIn a previous Creation Moment, we saw how people often do not want hygienic teaching. The Greek word translated “sound”, in the phrase “sound teaching”, is actually hugiano, from which we derive our word hygienic.

Definitions of Gender

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Genesis 1:27-28a
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them…”

Male and female teenagers in a classroomRecently, a schoolteacher from a government school in England was suspended for referring to a child by the wrong gender pronoun. The pronouns used to be he or she. Now there is a bewildering number of other pronouns, such as per, ve, xe, ze, and many more. These are designed to indicate various levels of masculinity or femininity depending on how the user defines themselves.

Where Did the Races Come From?

Acts 17:26
“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;”

People of different nationalities and occupationsEvolutionary anthropologists like to divide human beings into different racial groups. These so-called races are defined by distinctives such as eye shape or skin color.

Where Did People Come From?

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Genesis 1:26
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Profile of a personAnthropology is the study of human beings and where they came from. As a scientific discipline, it has been led for decades by people with evolutionary presuppositions. There are many people within Christian churches – including many pastors – who do not think it matters what we believe about how human beings got here. What matters is the value that we place on humanity today.

Human Evolution in Bits

Psalm 8:4
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”

Caveman wax statueIt was the late Stephen J. Gould who popularized the idea of Evolution by Punctuated Equilibrium. This was because he noticed the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record, which is so obvious to those who want to see. Yet, as a committed evolutionist, Gould could not bring himself to the natural corollary of his ideas – that the theory of evolution is just not tenable.

There Is No Genetic Code for the Human Soul

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James 2:26
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

The first printout of the human genome to be presented as a series of books, displayed at the Wellcome Collection, London. Courtesy of Russ London.The $250 million Human Genome Project is attempting to map all the human genes. Their preliminary findings were released sometime in the year of 2000. Some observers have been saying that the human genome project will define what it means to be human.

Cavemen at the Crossroads

Genesis 11:8-9
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”

SkullAccounts of the supposed evolution of human beings read like the modern equivalent of fairy stories. These intricate fables often seem to mask the inability to reject evolutionary theories when they come up against unfortunate or difficult facts.

Fear of Spiders and Snakes

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Genesis 9:2
“And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.”

SpiderI don’t like spiders, but I am not particularly bothered by the sight of snakes. Don’t get me wrong. I have no personal desire to approach a snake if I don’t know anything about it as it could be dangerous, but those snakes which I know to be harmless, like the garter snakes that populate the area close to Mount St Helens, I find quite appealing.

The Truth About Neanderthal DNA

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Acts 17:26
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their habitation...”

Photo: Neanderthal skeleton. In 1997 scientists recovered mitochondrial DNA from the leg bone of a Neanderthal man. After comparing it to modern human mitochondrial DNA, they declared that Neanderthal man was not human after all. This neatly moved him back into the ape-man category, but we need to look at this claim more closely.

Can Man Become Immortal?

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Psalm 23:4
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Photo: Gravestone in shape of a crossWhen Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they brought death into the world. Death is an enemy, but for the believer who has eternal life, death provides a doorway out of a sinful world and into Christ's presence. Modern science has learned that our cells themselves carry the information that will result in their death one day.

Extra Biblical Writings Support the Bibles History

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Genesis 11:8
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.”

Image: Artist's rendering of the Tower of BabelMany people today tend to dismiss the early chapters of Genesis as legend rather than history. However, if the Bible's story of the Flood and the Tower of Babel are not history there are some established historical facts that have no explanation.

Life Under the Sun

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Ecclesiastes 12:1-2
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain.”

Image: View of Earth from spaceThe Book of Ecclesiastes keeps on referencing the world "under the Sun". What does the writer mean by this?

The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes is referred to in Hebrew as Qohelet. This word describes an office rather than a name and refers to one who addresses a gathering, assembly, or congregation. Therefore, Qohelet is often roughly translated as teacher or preacher.

Not-So-Smart Irritation

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Psalm 119:11
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Image: Cell phonesI am completely relaxed. I have my work under control. I have a cup of coffee with me. And Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is playing in the background.

Then there is an ugly sound. It is a pinging sound, and it comes from my smartphone. It is a notification.

Ol' Blue Eyes

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1 Corinthians 15:48-49
“As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

Photo: Singer, Frank SinatraIt was singer Frank Sinatra who was known as Ol' Blue Eyes because of the piercing color of his irises. But now evolutionary scientists are suggesting that those, who, like me, share Sinatra's eye color, might also share a common ancestor. Frank might be my cousin!

Talent and Exercise

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Matthew 25:21
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Image: Talent compassIn another Creation Moment, I described the natural ability of a sportsman like David Beckham and how his work could be defined by math. When we consider great sportsmen, we consider the link between talent and what they have done with that talent.

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