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Nov
22
New Scientific Evidence for the Flood
Genesis 7:20
"Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."
If there was a great worldwide Flood, as described in Genesis, such a catastrophe certainly should have left obvious evidence of itself all over the world. Scientists who believe in creation say that...
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Hooked on a Feeling?

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has said, "God is a feeling experience, not a believing experience." Think about that for a moment. Where does truth come from – from inside ourselves or from outside? Feeling puts the focus inside. Believing puts the focus outside.

The world bombards us today with all kinds of false philosophy – including the just-so-stories of evolution. The bombardment takes its toll because a lie told often enough becomes believed truth. For example, "The fossils found on this ridge were part of an underwater sea which existed 400 million years ago." Oh really?

Do people stop to think about the basis for such a claim? Could it actually be a feeling of intellectual pride which resists assumptions from the Bible, preferring instead assumptions that leave God out? We think so.

Feelings are all over the place. They are unreliable. We can choose whichever assumptions we feel like to base our belief upon. If the Bible is not held up as the standard of truth, then truth becomes defined by the feelings of individuals. Your truth is your truth, my truth is my truth. We can choose to believe that everything came from chance and natural selection. Or we can believe that God is our Creator.

If our Creator cares about His creation, doesn't it make sense that He has made available His Manufacturer's Handbook (a.k.a. the Bible) in which He has told us much about His creation?

That Handbook tells us, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved…" (Acts 16:13). In other words, put your trust in an external and wonderful reality which transcends the feelings of any human being. Sorry, Oprah. We believe in Jesus because He truly is the Way, the Truth and the Life … not because He is a "feeling experience".

Photo: Don't believe everything you're told or even everything you see. This isn't Oprah. It's a wax figure in a museum. But you can believe everything you read in the Bible.

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What you said about this is so true and I just wanted to say Thank you for what you do. I look forward to your emails daily and they are very necessary in this crazy world.

Love is not just a feeling but an act of the will, devotion not just emotion
and it truly will fulfil. I have pondered this for a while and what comes to mind
when i read this above. Thank you for this message..

There is one thing i do know.
For me i have found, my feelings are generally a result of my actions on what i believe..
God had given us the ability to have faith, believe and to feel.

The metaphor i have heard is, Waves of the sea are like feelings. Do not let
them Toss you all about during the storm. Instead have faith believe and
anchor yourself on the rock that will carry you through.

And i know it may be hard to believe and even have faith, I can identify in those hard places as well,
including losing my daughter and family members, but I still have to confess that:
God is Good, All The Time, continually blessing, forgiving, even through this broken and hurting world.

There is no other better sweeter Love i have ever felt or tasted than what he has shown to us
through history, sending his son. Yes, there is nothing better I have found on this earth than that!
Amen.

OTOH you often hear the snappy comeback "the demons believe and tremble" when you say "I believe in Jesus Christ" and read that "mere intellectual belief is not enough", which makes a new believer feel that he is lacking something and has somehow fallen short.

I find that atheists (and I am generalizing here) base their beliefs on emotion rather than "facts", as they say. I believe it was Adrien Rogers who said that to be an atheist you have to believe that "Nobody plus Nothing = Everything". I really like that statement because it boils it all down to the essence.

Most times my encounters with unbelievers reveal some past hurt that they have felt from the church or they have been raised with these assumptions by someone else who was.

Atheists are basing their beliefs on a feeling of pride and personal superiority. Just talk to any atheist and you will always, always hear them say that admitting there is a Creator is a silly, ignorant thing. They're always trying to belittle anyone who knows the Lord because they purposely turned away from him. Their beliefs are based on an ego running amok, and ours are based on direct knowledge that we are nothing before our Mighty God.

I can remember when I first was saved. I didn't 'feel' anything and thought that maybe I wasn't saved. Other days I did 'feel' saved. However, it wasn't until participating in Bible studies that I realized that I 'was' saved ~ it had nothing to do with feeling at all. What a relief that was. If we lived our life on feelings we would be a mess. We just have to know what God's word says and then believe. It is so much easier than going along with the ups and downs of feelings.

I read a book that stated "Nine times out of ten our feelings are wrong". I would have asked Ms. O if she was ever *wrong* in her feelings toward something only to find out later on it was not as her feelings dictated. We have all been there, I have been there. We misunderstood, miscomprehended, miscommunication in which the other person's feelings were hurt, felt used, or angered. Oh, how much more do we offend God? I spent a day thinking on feelings and noticed I was feeling upset with my 6 year old for not doing something that I felt he was not doing right. That was based on feelings. Not that I let him get away with being disobedient, but I had to have the right attitude not feeling towards it. It works towards all things. Even when my loving spouse acts (in what I feel) is a selfish way. It should be my choice to act in a more positive way, not act on how I feel. Maybe they were in a bad mood, maybe I said something in the wrong attitude, maybe a sinus headache (very prone to those) with their allergies. Maybe that is something we should spend time thinking on, learning about our anger resolution and directing and having all thoughts become captive under Christ. Our perfect helping verb!

Thank you for reading.

A "feeling experience." Yes, Oprah and many others want us to believe that everyone with a good heart will go to Heaven when they die. With that belief, there's no need for Christ. He died on the cross in vain! I stopped watching Oprah and listening to her half-truths and distortions long ago. Long before she began preaching her own incorrect interpretations of God, His morality and His will. A long, LONG time ago when I was seven years old, I watched a movie about Jesus for the first time and I wept because of what was done to Him at the end. I have always believed in Him since that day. How could I not? How could anyone not? No one had to teach me or preach to me. I believed right then and there, and have ever since. Over the years I've met or learned about many people who have interpreted the Word of God incorrectly. Sometimes it was because of simple ignorance, and for those I tried tactfully to show them the errors of their ways whenever I could. At other times it was because of pride and greed. People are constantly making incorrect assumptions or coming to incorrect conclusions about what the Bible tells us, as well as incorrectly quoting from the Bible. Those who do this, purposefully or not, are aiding and abetting the Devil. Many of our Christian churches today teach almost no true Bible doctrine anymore. This is sad, even tragic. They have become politically correct bastions of liberalism, doing more harm than good. I believe this is all according to plan. The plan of Satan himself. Any time we can be convinced that the Bible is wrong, even in a very minor way, it gives him one more nail to drive into the coffin that he is trying to bury Christianity in!

One of my pet peeves is that people think that they can pave their own way to heaven. They feel that if they are a "good" person (definition varies widely, often including fornicators and adulterers) that this means they will get into heaven without even bothering to put the Lord first. (Note that the definition of a "good" person is always set by them, not by God.) As for obeying God's commandments, that's just optional. They can do their own thing, please themselves, and still claim salvation. Failing that, they figure Jesus loves everybody so much that he'll just open the pearly gates wide (even though he said the way to heaven was narrow).

By way of illustration: I recently got chewed out on a supposedly Christian blog for quoting the Lord's viewpoint on homosexuality (See Lev. 18:22). This is because I was being close-minded enough to take the Lord seriously. I was accused of being hateful and all kinds of other nasty things. If you agree with Jesus, be prepared to be slandered by all those who think that they can dictate to him how things should be run. They would rather have a dialog about it in which they all agree that there is no such thing as wickedness as long as you feel like doing it.

Per the big bang theories, as they now stand, in the first seocnd or so after the BB, there was an inflationary epoch during which the universe expanded faster than the speed of light. Two things of note here: first, it was the universe itself that expanded that fast, not the mass/energy contents within the universe; seocnd, inertial mass, which is limited by the speed of light, did not evolve until some time after the inflationary epoch was over several seocnds later. [See source.]PS: According to the Torah and Old Testament (Genesis), creation took six days, not one day. Although the periods (days) are inconsistent with the BB theory (billions of years), the sequence of events in Genesis is not inconsistent with the BB theory. That is to say, creation of the universe came first in both and creation of mankind came last in both, for example. The sequences of major events in between is consistent as well.

I do believe that GOD is a real experience and he is there alive and he created all things including us.Why should we believe that we evolved when the small details of everything on this Earth are so complex and wonderful. It can only suggest the work of a skillful master planner and creator which is GOD. If we had evolved then from here, what do we become because evolution is an ongoing process. This only proves that the theory of evolution is false and GOD is real.

Our Designer is wise and wonderful, too wonderful for the arrogant and proud to comprehend.

Yes, modern man is hooked on a feeling that he's superior to God's laws of righteousness.

He might as well just go out and build another Tower of Babel to challenge the power of heaven. Oh ... wait a minute ... that didn't work out so well for mankind, did it? But let's ignore that and go ahead and do it again, because we never learned that it doesn't pay to defy God. We're doing something new and significantly scientific this time. It won't turn out that God really is superior to humans this time ... because this time we're denying God even exists. That's a new and improved version, sure to work, right?

Feelings. Nothing more than feelings. So if I feel it's right for me to steal something that belongs to someone else, whether it's his car or even his wife, it all boils down to feelings. You can't help what you feel (the saying goes), so therefore it's perfectly natural to steal. As for adultery, you can't control whom you fall in love with. So many feelings. So little time to indulge them. As long as we get what we want, we can just run the whole universe by our feelings. If someone else's feelings get in the way, well, we can ignore them. (God's feelings especially.)

If Oprah really had experienced God, she would know he's not a feeling, but a reality. What God tells you to do may not always agree with how you "feel," either. That's because he's a righteous God and people are wicked. If people go by their feelings, they pretty much perpetrate the evil that is in their own heart. But if you go by what God says, you will steer clear of evil. It's a lot easier in the long-run to listen to God, too, than go by your own feelings. Sure, in the short-term you don't get to do every selfish and stupid thing you want. But in the long-run, you will have run a race worth winning, with honor and faithfulness.

Paul said: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."