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Today's Creation Moment

Jun
29
Climate Change and the Bible
Genesis 8:21-22
And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's...
When I was a boy, Summers were brighter and warmer than they are today. In Winter, we always had snowfalls, that made the place look pretty on Christmas Day, but the snow did not last long enough to...
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Philosophy

Something New Under the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:9
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

There are some who think that the book of Ecclesiastes is a depressing book. The writer—an old man, called Qohelet (the Preacher)—seems to be musing on a life of achievement, that he now thinks is meaningless.

A Lesson from an Hourglass

Genesis 5:5,8
Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died….Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died….

Calculating the age of the earth, from empirical data, requires presuppositions. The scientists, who calculate the age of rocks using, for example, uranium-lead dating, are intelligent people, and completely capable of performing careful experiments. Their care, coupled with their technology, means that they make highly accurate measurements of the amounts of uranium and lead.

Is the Earth Flat?

Isaiah 40:22
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:

A number of Christians have, in the last couple of years, posted articles and YouTube videos, and even published books, stating that the Earth is not a sphere, but is flat.

What Is the Matter, My Lord?

Ephesians 5:6a
Let no man deceive you with vain words…

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is a famous scene where Hamlet is talking to Polonius. Hamlet – for various reasons too complicated to go into now – is feigning madness. Polonius finds him reading a book, and asks “What do you read, my Lord?” Hamlet answers “Words, words, words.”

When Did God Create Angels?

Job 38:7
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

One question that I get asked a lot, after my talks, is “When did God create angels?” It is a fair question. Angels are created beings, so it is fair to ask when God made them. The assumption in many people’s minds is that God must have made them before the Creation Week. However, this idea does not seem tenable.

Heavens, Earth and Everything

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

What exactly did God create? How much of everything did He create? An impression is sometimes given, by those who want to accept long, deep timescales, that there is much in the universe, which is just going on and on, and has gone on since eternity past.

Approaching Genesis

Genesis 1:1a
In the beginning God…

What are your thoughts as you start reading the book of Genesis?

Visitors from Mars

Job 19:23-24
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

It must have been pretty disconcerting for many people, who heard the famous Orson Welles 1938 radio adaptation of HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds. The radio play was made to sound like an actual news broadcast. Apparently, there was widespread panic among the listening audience, who were sure that they were learning about invaders from Mars.

Evolution: A Student Car

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

When I was a university student in the late 70s and early 80s, few students had cars. One of the young men that I shared accommodation with was one of the lucky few. Student cars of that era were infamous! My friend’s car fit into this category. When the fender fell off, he tied it back on with  Evolution: A Student Carstring.

Should We Teach Our Children Evolution?

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

In creation ministries, such as this, we are very eager that people should see the fallacies and the lack of a good scientific basis for evolutionism. Instead, we point people to the factual basis for science, found in the pages of God’s Word. It is particularly important that we do not allow our children to be indoctrinated by the godlessness of secular philosophies. It is for reasons such as this, that many parents prefer their children to be educated in Christian schools, or to be homeschooled.

The Most Offensive Verse

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

I recently recorded a Creation Moments program about the Trinity, as reflected in the first verse of the Bible. My reason for revisiting this matter is for two reasons. 1. I read a blog, entitled “Genesis 1:1 – the Most Offensive Verse in the Bible”, and 2. A recent visit from religious people to my door.

Which Way the Wind Blows

John 3:7-8
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

As I sat in my office, to write this program, the wind was howling outside. We have some idea, today, of why the wind blows, as the atmosphere contains shifting areas of high and low pressure. However, the direction of the wind is not simply from high to low – other factors, such as the rotation of the Earth, are also important.

Three in One in Genesis

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

One of the most fundamental doctrines about the nature of God is the doctrine of the Trinity. This primary doctrine states that there is only one Being called God. At the same time, we find in the Bible that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all described as God, and as Persons in their own right. Therefore, God is One Being, yet Three Persons.

Life and Physics

Colossians 1:17
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

It is rumored that GK Chesterton said “When a man stops believing in God, he does not believe in nothing – he believes in anything”. Of course, the quote is somewhat inaccurate. It was actually said by Émile Cammaerts, in his book The Laughing Prophet: The Seven Virtues and G. K.

Aliens in the Dark Matter

Romans 1:21
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. I guess it is true that the concept of having all the information of the Internet on my pocket cellphone would have seemed like magic to me, during my teenage years in the 1970s. The quote has often been used to suggest that super-intelligent alien lifeforms would appear to us like deities, if they ever visited us. Astrobiologist Caleb Scharf has now suggested that some super-advanced alien technology might not appear to us like magic, but like physics.

The People Who Deliberately Forget

2 Peter 3:3-6
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that 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:

Uniformitarianism is a big word to describe the prevailing scientific philosophy of the world. It is the idea that everything in nature has proceeded in a regular and smooth fashion since the start of the Universe.

Science Confronts Meditation Claims

Psalm 119:148
"Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word."

Many people promote meditation as harmless and healthful. Of course, growing interest in meditation cannot be separated from the increased popularity of Eastern and New Age religion.

Being Right About Right and Wrong

Romans 2:15
"Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another..."

Ethicists who believe in evolution are trying to figure out an evolutionary explanation for why people universally have a sense of right and wrong. This line of study is so new that it doesn't yet have a name, although some have suggested "neuroethics" or "moral neuroscience".

Looking for Life on Enceladus

John 5:39
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

In an article titled "Excitement Builds for the Possibility of Life on Enceladus," a Scientific American writer begins with these words, "Saturn's frozen moon Enceladus is a tantalizing world – many scientists are increasingly convinced it may be the best place in our solar system to search for life."

Most Americans Are Pro-Academic Freedom

Acts 22:28
"And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born."

According to a nationwide survey conducted in 2016 by the Discovery Institute, most American adults agree that "teachers and students should have the academic freedom to objectively discuss both the scientific strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution." In fact, 88% agree that "scientists who raise scientific criticisms of evolution should have the freedom to make their arguments without being subjected to censorship or discrimination."

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