In the Beginning Was…?

Atheists champion evolution as proof that God does not exist while creationists declare that the universe  and everything in it is simply too complex, too intricate to have happened through a series of ‘accidents.’ and, therefore, there  must be a God who’s the master designer. Whether you’re a creationist who believes in a six thousand or sixty-five billion year old universe, or an evolutionist trumpeting Darwin’s Theory and the scientific method, this debate ultimately comes down to one thing:  In the beginning was…

In the Beginning Was…Who? What?

Stephen Hawking, a physicist and, until October 2009, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton), stated in his most recent book, The Grand Design, that a creator “is not necessary.” “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing…” Others believe that gases such as hydrogen and helium collided and through a series of ‘incidents’ over billions of years somehow ‘accidentally’ evolved into higher life forms.

Belief in Something Eternal

When I consider all the possible explanations for the origin of the universe, I’m struck by this one thing: Everyone, including the atheist, believes in someone or something eternal, some entity that has existed forever with no beginning or end. Whether it’s gases or an eternal ‘nothingness’ or an infinite  law of gravity or God, someone or something has always been.

Simple is Better

Noted atheist, Richard Dawkins, states that “explanations” built “on simple premises” are more reasonable than those built on “complex and statistically improbable beginnings.” Mind-boggling! What’s more statistically improbable than something coming from nothing? No scientist either living or dead has ever witnessed nothing turning into something in any type of setting and yet atheists hold this as a plausible and rationale possibility. And the evolutionist should not confuse the simple elements of gases and suggest this as the basis for a ‘simple premise.’

Evolution:  Complex Premise

On the contrary, evolution is a complex premise that asks us to believe something irrational such as the universe suddenly appearing out of nothing (that’s not a simple idea) or that simple elements through trillions of accidents over billions of years created life as we know it today in a haphazard fashion (not a simple idea either). And from this turbulent, chaotic, disorganized beginning came an organized rational plan (by accident) in the form of DNA, the master ‘blueprint’ for how things are made. Though still difficult for our minds to comprehend, the simplest premise for the intricacies and magnificence of creation is that an intelligent Creator spoke the worlds into existence in a manner consistent with the laws of science He created, laws intended to point man to Him.

How DNA Points to God

In this video, atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel speaks on how DNA points to a God who created the universe. The New York Times best selling author and former teaching pastor at Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA says, “When we look at DNA and see these written instructions for the assembly of proteins in our bodies, we are looking at some of the most powerful evidence that there must be intelligence behind life.”

DNA Proves Creation

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Militant Atheism

Atheist Ads on Buses and Billboards

Have you noticed a rise in the number of billboards and ads on the side of city buses advertising atheism? Chances are the United Coalition of Reason (UCR) is behind this as part of their national campaign to ‘evangelize’ America. Other groups. such as the American Atheists, are more militant toward Christianity. Recently on a billboard in Huntsville, Alabama, this group attacked churches with the following message: “You Know They’re all Scams.” In an interview on January 4, 2011 with Bill O’Reilly of The Factor, David Silverman, President of American Atheists stated that “everyone knows religion is a scam and a myth” and that churches are “deliberately misleading people.”

History of Militant Atheism

Over the past decade, we’ve observed the rise of a militant atheism bent on ridding our culture of all religions and, in particular, Christianity. Christopher Hitchens in his book, God is Not Great, wrote, “The real axis of evil is Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.” Believing that “organized religion is the main source of hatred in the world,” Hitchens debates religious leaders declaring God a dangerous myth and that scientific discovery should replace religion as the moral compass in our culture.  Two other advocates for this new atheism are Daniel C. Dennett (“What Should Replace Religions?”) and Sam Harris, founder of The Reason Project, whose mission is to fill the religious void with secularism and scientific thinking that embraces Darwin’s Evolution.

The ‘Four Horseman’ of the New Atheism

Though Hitchens, Dennett, and Harris work tirelessly for the removal of Christianity as an influential force in our culture, perhaps the most hostile and militant of the ‘Four Horseman’ is Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion).  Referred to as “Darwin’s Rottweiler,” Dawkins lays out his vision for the rise of atheism and it’s influence on our culture in a 2002 presentation at the TED Talks (seen below). Openly despising Christianity, Dawkins declares that “evolution is fundamentally hostile to religion” and calls for a militant atheism to rise up against such things as Intelligent Design, belief in the supernatural, and life beyond the grave. In a campaign similar to the Gay Rights Movement, he calls for all ‘closet’ atheists to ‘come out’ and join his movement to sway the educational, judicial, and political systems in this country away from God.

Richard Dawkins:  An Atheist’s Call to Arms

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A Call to Prayer

As I study these intelligent men and their determination to destroy Christianity, I’m reminded of a similar man who also gave his life to persecute the Church. As a result of the prayers of the saints and the willingness of some like Stephen to lay down their lives to the point of death, a radical transformation occurred in the life of Paul as we read about in Acts 9:4-5: “‘…Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you Lord?’ Saul asked.” Though we should give a reasonable defense of the Gospel, the course of history will never be changed by our rational arguments but only when we stand in prayer against the forces of darkness and lay down our lives in a ‘militant’ love for those who seek to destroy what God has created.

Authority of Scripture at the Crossroads

Progressives

Within the Church, those on the far left cling to the mantle of progressivism while reciting the mantra of ‘political correctness,’ accepting anything and everything anyone says or does as long as they don’t violate their liberal litmus test of ‘close-mindedness,’ all the while  dismissing what God’s Word says. For the Progressive, it’s more important to espouse the cultural ideology of  inclusiveness and tolerance rather than risk the belief that God’s heart is good and that His Word can be trusted. It’s much ‘safer’ to believe in the laws of science than the God who made those same laws.

A Widening Schism Within the Church at Large

As a result of the Progressives’ insistence on cultural relevance, many dominations are stretched to the point of a church split. One such domination is the Anglican Church that is torn over the issue of blessing same-sex unions. In the following clip, the Reverend David Short of St. John’s Church in the Diocese of New Westminster discusses this split and suggests that the issue of blessing same-sex unions is just the “tip of the iceberg” and that the deeper issue driving this debate is the “Authority of Scripture” and the Progressives’ attempts to revise the Christian faith by declaring various parts of Scripture irrelevant when  it conflicts with the culture at large.

Anglican Realignment 2/10 – What is the Crossroads?

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Can I Trust God’s Heart?

After reading Romans 1:25-27I Corinthians 6:9-10, and other Scriptures on same-sex relationships, it’s clear that the early Church faced similar divisions. In Galatians 1:6 Paul states, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all.” Is it possible that the Progressives’ embrace of ‘cultural relevance’ is really “no gospel at all” and simply a ‘smoke-screen’ for the real issue, one that goes even deeper than the Authority of Scriptures? Is it possible that at the heart of this debate is the one question with which everyone struggles: Can I trust that God’s heart is good toward me?

Does God Exist?

The Rise of Atheism

In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of atheism in our culture as evidenced by the popularity of such authors as Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Stephen Hawking (The Grand Design). Intense debates like the ones between seminary professor Dr. William Craig and Christopher Hitchens, a self-proclaimed anti-theist, pack university auditoriums across the country with hungry minds seeking an answer to the question:  Does God Exist?

A Time to Reflect

It’s common for many to spend the last week or two of a year reflecting on the past and looking forward to what the new year might bring. As we prepare for 2011, I encourage you to take some time to consider what you truly believe about God’s existence. How we answer that question, both individually as well as collectively,  will determine the path we travel as a nation in the coming year.

A young Albert Einstein’s Answer to this Question

The following clip is a reenactment of an exchange between a young Albert Einstein and his professor over the question of whether or not God exists and, if He does, is God evil. This might be a good starting point for your reflections as this year comes to an end.

Does God Exist? Albert Einstein

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“You will seek me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13, NAS). May God reveal Himself to you in 2011 as you earnestly search for Him.

Enhanced Interrogations

Enhanced Interrogation

In response to the enhanced interrogation methods (a.k.a. waterboarding) used during the Bush administration, the American Psychological Association issued a revision of its ethical guidelines on February 10, 2010 to prohibit a psychologist’s participation in any activity in which an individual’s human rights are violated. In George W. Bush’s Decision Points, the former president states that waterboarding was only used on three individuals. Other enhanced interrogation methods were used on the rest of the terrorists, thirty to forty, at the most. Contrast this with information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that says, from 1990 through 2006, a staggering 970,434,000 abortions were performed in the United States.

Psychologists Threatened with Loss of License

Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Three individuals are waterboarded and the American Psychological Association expresses outrage over such treatment and  threatens psychologists with losing their license should they participate in this type of program. And yet, almost one billion individuals are killed through an ‘enhanced measure’ called an abortion, more gruesome than what any terrorist faced.  And despite what science says about a fetus being fully human,  my profession says nothing about my direct participation in ‘therapy’ designed to violate an individual’s human rights simply because they’re in someone else’s womb. Furthermore, if I counsel enough women and help them to end the life of their unborn child, it’s even possible for me to receive an award from my fellow professionals for this ‘service’ to the community.

What is Choice?

In Part 3 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer concludes his remarks on abortion and gives his definition of What is Choice. He states that “When a government negates the law of God, it (gives up) its authority.” He goes on to suggest what our responsibilities are as Believers when faced with such a government.

The Christian Manifesto – Part 3 of 3

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Torture (of Any Kind) is Terror

At the very least, I would expect from the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association a serious ongoing debate regarding the ethics of aborting an individual, a sober discussion at least as intense as the one conducted over waterboarding, instead of a casual disregard for the life growing inside of another. Regardless of the side on which you stand, a decision of this magnitude should not be made lightly. And given that each of the above mentioned groups looks to science for answers, ethical as well as professional consideration should be given to the scientific evidence that shows a person inside a womb to be just as human as those of us already born.

For the Record

I’m against all forms of torture that violate human rights, whether it’s to obtain information from a terrorist or to end a life so that someone else is not inconvenienced.

But Is It a Person?

Value of the Life vs. the Happiness of the Mother

On January 11, 1982, an article appeared in Newsweek titled, But Is It a Person? After five pages of scientific evidence showing that a baby in the womb is indeed human life, the article concluded that the problem was not in determining the beginning of life, but when “other considerations such as the health or even the happiness of the mother begins to outweigh the value of that life.” …scary proposition, if you ask me. For if I can arbitrarily decide that my happiness has more value than a life inside the womb and thus terminate it, then it’s just a few short steps for society to arbitrarily decide to take anyone’s life if that society deems it to be in its best interest. By the way, this type of reasoning was what led to the death of millions in Nazi Germany during WWII. In part 2 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks on the issue of abortion and of how this nation is rapidly “moving toward a totally humanistic society.”

The Christian Manifesto – Part 2 of 3

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Prophetic Words

Is it possible that the prophetic words Dr. Schaeffer spoke a generation ago have come to pass, that we have already become a “totally humanistic society” in which humanistic ‘theology’ now guides our country instead of the Christian principles upon which our founding fathers built this nation?

Is It Too Late For Revival?

The great revivals of the past not only called for individual salvation but also brought forth real social change. The only question remaining is this: Is revival enough to change the direction of our culture? Or do we need another Reformation of the same magnitude as Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg to rid this country of the ‘psychological indulgences’ designed to absolve guilt for what the Bible calls sin, indulgences casually given out by the ‘high priests’ of this society: the therapists, clinicians, physicians, the courts, and liberal theologians? Though it is essential that Christians stand against this onslaught from the enemy, true change will only come as God’s people go to their knees and pray for the Spirit of God to change the heart of this nation.

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