Friday, February 5, 2016

SEXUAL SIN AND ITS POWER





Sin is more than an action, even more than an attraction. It is also a force. It deceives and can take us captive, as Paul had written:

  • Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed. (Romans 6:16-17; ESV)
How are we imprisoned? It is not simply that sin become habitual. Even more, sin deceives and takes our minds captive:

  • For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. (Romans 7:11)
How does sin deceive? It convinces us that sin is more than okay – that the sinful behavior represents a freedom from the “repressive” church morals. Of course, it also represents a pride that only the “liberated” can have, and the sinner is among the “liberated.”

Christian apologist, Josh McDowell, commissioned The Barna Group to research pornography. The study found:

  • "Of young adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively – and these are Christians – actively seek out porn," he tells OneNewsNow.
However, pornography becomes more than a behavior but a false worldview:

  • "Of 13- to 24-year-olds, 96 percent would say that when they talk to someone about porn – their friends, which most of them are Christians now – they do it in either a neutral, positive or encouraging way," he says.
  • Another astonishing statistic shows the skewed perception of morality that many have. He reports that while 52 percent of young Christian adults "would say that not recycling is morally wrong, only 32 percent would say watching pornography is morally wrong."
As their behavior changes, so does their faith. And as their faith changes, so too their affiliations! It is, therefore, no surprise that they no longer feel comfortable in church and complain that the church is either irrelevant, boring, or filled with small minded hypocrites.

Sexual sin has taken many young people captive. It is therefore imperative that the church preaches against these sins.

And there is hope that preaching can lead to repentance, and repentance to freedom:

  • And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
Jesus had also warned that sin enslaves:

  • Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. (John 8:34)
However, right before this warning, He offered the ultimate answer:

  • So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

THE LAWS OF PHYSICS POINT IRRESISTABLY BACK TO THEIR CREATOR



 
I have become increasingly interested in the formulas of physics. I am not a scientist, but you don't need to be one to appreciate their elegance and simplicity.

Let's take the formula to calculate the force of gravity anywhere in the universe. Just say you weigh 100 pounds on earth. Now go above the earth twice the distance from the center of the earth to its surface, and you will only weigh 25 pounds!

How did we arrive at this? Well, we doubled the radius, squared it, and divided this into your weight. Amazingly, few ask:

·       Why does it work the same way throughout the universe?
·       Why the simplicity and precision of the formula? Why must the radius be precisely squared? And why, when divided into our earth-bound poundage, do when derive the exact answer?
·       Would scientist have been able to discover this relationship if it had been complex? Certainly not if it was always changing!

Science is only possible if it rests on an unchanging and universal foundation. If our formulas changed from moment to moment, science would not be possible. What keeps them from changing in this world of molecules-in-motion? And what keeps them from changing as we travel to the next town?

Besides, what can account for their elegance and simplicity if they are not created and sustained by a super intelligent Being? If we answer, "natural forces," we simply push the same questions elsewhere to "forces," which then require even more explanations.

This brings us back to an eternal God, who requires no explanation but praise:

·       “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

DARWINISTS REMAIN DARWINISTS





If macro-evolution (major changes including new organs) is an historical fact, there should be an historical record – the fossil record. However, according to many evolutionists, this is the very thing that we don’t find:

·       “What is missing [in the record] are the many intermediate forms hypothesized by Darwin, and the continual divergence of major lineages into the morphospace between distinct adaptive types.”  Robert L. Carroll, “Towards a New Evolutionary Synthesis,” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15 (2000): 27

·       “I wish only to point out that [gradualism] was never ‘seen’ in the rocks.”  Stephen Jay Gould, “Evolution’s Erratic Pace,” Natural History 86 (May 1977), 14

·       “Stasis [remaining the same] is now abundantly well documented as the preeminent paleontological pattern in the evolutionary history of species.”  (Niles Eldredge, “Reinventing Darwin: The Great Evolutionary Debate” (New York: John Wiley, 1995), 77) http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/denton-introduction/

Instead, the fossil record is damning to the theory of evolution. Instead of providing evidence for gradual Darwinian change over time, this record shows that frogs remain frogs, and apes remain apes, and Darwinists remain Darwinists.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

THINK AND YOU WILL FIND!





Have you ever wondered how to calculate the energy contained in your body? Well, it’s simple:

E=MC2

“E” equals energy, “M” equals the mass of the object and “C” is the speed of light, precisely squared. Why does the speed of light enter into such an equation? It suggests that all of these elements are part of a grand harmony.

Why does the speed of light have to be precisely squared? And the formula simple (and therefore knowable)? And universal? Does it look like someone designed it? Perhaps, Someone did! (The same is true of all of the known formulas of science.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE TRANSCENDENTAL ARGUMENT FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD





This is one of many theistic proofs for the existence of God:

1.     REASON EXISTS.
2.     REASON REQUIRES A TRANSCENDENT INTELLIGENCE.
3.     CONCLUSION: A TRANSCENDENT INTELLIGENCE MUST EXIST.


1.     REASON EXISTS.

This hardly requires any support. In fact, any argument against the existence of reason requires reason.


2.     REASON REQUIRES A TRANSCENDENT INTELLIGENCE.

There are several reasons for this. Reason is elegant (simple), universal, and immutable. It must be immutable. If it isn’t, it might give us a different answer every day or year. This would make knowledge, learning, and textbooks impossible. It would also have to be impervious to explosions, heat, tornadoes, and it its. However, there are no objects in this world that are imperious to change. This suggests that reason (and also the laws of science) is immutably maintained transcendently.

Reason must also be universal or it would be different from country to country. However, reason works the same way wherever we go. We cannot explain this by simply saying that reason is a property of matter, since matter changes. Meanwhile, forces like radio or TV waves are not universal. The further we travel away from a radio station, the weaker the impulse. What this is the source of reason that it can impact us the same way in any location?

Reason is also elegant. It is simple enough to be mastered and it is also great enough to embrace the entire physical world. This harmony of reason/cosmos has enabled us to understand our world and to master many of its aspects. It seems to be part of a grand design.

Reason is like the operating system of a computer, all of which had to be intelligently created. While humans created operating systems, humans could not have created reason, since reason predates humanity. Also, the operating system must be intelligently fine-tuned to the computer if it is to be functional. Amazingly, reason seems to have also been intelligently fine-tuned to understanding this world.

Besides, the humanly created systems are always being improved, while reason remains as is and yet is adequate for all of our enterprises, whether in China or Alaska.

These qualities cannot be accounted for by a universe of molecules-in-motion or a Big Bang explosion. They can only be accounted for by an intelligent, immutable and universal Cause – something that transcends the conditions of this universe.


CONCLUSION: A TRANSCENDENT INTELLIGENCE MUST EXIST. Praise His glory, all you His creations!

This same proof can be constructed for every law of science. All are elegant, immutable, universal, and apparently transcend this universe. All reflect a Supreme Intelligence!