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You Believe What?

Here is the Introduction for a new book entitled “You Believe What?” coming soon:

These days Christians are mocked for what they believe about God and the Bible by liberals, atheists, the mainstream media, and the religious left. It’s interesting, however, when asked what these groups believe – they can’t give a rational answer. 

They like to think their beliefs are based on science and well thought out theories but is that the case? Is their world view really based on solid evidence? Is it based on science or reality? With a little examination, it looks more like a faith that justifies feeding a worldview that rejects God so one can escape morality, accountability, and responsibility. When it’s all boiled down, what they really believe sounds like this: 

Billions of years ago (Once upon a time), a speck of matter the size of a period (‘science’ textbooks actually say things like this) exploded to create stars, planets, and solar systems. Rain (it was magically created in the explosion too) fell on rocks for millions of years; then elements, proteins, and other chemicals appeared from the slime. The chemicals accidently came to life and formed DNA (or did they form DNA and then come to life?) More on DNA later. 

This ‘life’ somehow utilized nutrients, eliminated waste, developed complicated information pathways, and learned to reproduce – all before dying. Basic forms of life (which are more complicated than an international airport) mutated over millions of years to become human beings. The concept of angels, demons, spirit, heaven, hell, love, beauty, miracles, justice, 10 

mercy, and right and wrong somehow evolved along the way. There is no moral-demanding God, man is the pinnacle of the evolutionary process, and he is inherently good (despite all evidence that he is not). 

Some people claim to believe in God but they are so intimidated by the scoffers and desire so much to please men that they add God to this fable — contradicting virtually all that is written about Him in the Bible. 

The bottom line is this: each person who believes these stories will, one day, experience death. If they didn’t die, the issue would be irrelevant. However, each of us will die and we need to consider our fate when we take our last breath. 

Will we cease to exist or will we live forever? 

Is there a literal hell and heaven? 

What will heaven and hell be like? 

Is there a God? 

What is He like? 

Does He love you? 

Is that all that matters? 

Do you care? 

You should. 

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole 

world, yet forfeits his soul?” 

Matthew 16:26 

The Genesis Debate

Is the book of Genesis written as actual history or as a mythologized story?

Dr. Henry Morris is a founder of the Creation Research Society and The Institute for Creation Research and is credited by many as the father of the modern creation movement. Read his stand on Genesis:

“It is quite impossible….for one to reject the historicity and divine authority of the Book of Genesis without undermining, and in effect, repudiating, the authority of the entire Bible. If the first Adam is only an allegory, then by all logic, so is the second Adam. If man did not really fall into sin from his state of created innocency, there is no reason for him to need a Savior. If all things can be accounted for by natural processes of evolution, there is no reason to look forward to a future supernatural consummation of all things. If Genesis is not true, then neither are the testimonies of those prophets and apostles who believed it was true. Jesus Christ Himself becomes a false witness, either a deceiver or one who was deceived, and His testimony concerning His own omniscience and omnipotence becomes blasphemy. Faith in the gospel of Christ for one’s eternal salvation is an empty mockery.

By all means, therefore, we must oppose any effort from any source to mythologize or allegorize the Genesis record. It was written as sober history, the divinely inspired account of the origin of all things. No one, therefore, can hope to attain a true and full understanding of anything, without a basic acceptance and comprehension of the origin of everything, as recorded in Genesis (The Genesis Record. Morris. pg22).”

Biblical apologist Ken Ham is the president and founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. You may recognize the name from his debate with Bill Nye. He has a perfect response to why people would doubt Genesis as historical:

“I believe ultimately in 99.9% of instances the major reason, the ultimate reason, that most christian leaders and others in the church will not stand on six literal days has nothing to do ultimately with what the Bible actually says but everything to do with outside influences used to reinterpret the Bible (Ken Ham).”

Reading and believing Genesis as a literal history is essential to the Christian faith. If we can so grossly stretch the natural interpretation Genesis what’s to say we can’t do that with other parts of the Bible? And we do!

Why would someone listen to you tell them about what the Bible has to say about Jesus and the Gospel if you don’t think the Bible is even accurate in its opening pages?

You can trust God’s Word fully and completely. You are not related to a banana or a monkey for that matter. You were created in the image of God, fully human from the start. God’s most precious creation, set apart and loved.

“When the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3