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Creation

Before There Was Time, Before There Was Space…

I recommend Bible Mesh for a well done introduction to the Bible.  Their first era (Creation) starts with the following words: “Before there was time, before there was space, there was God! And God spoke time and space into being.  He spoke galaxies into being, …and on one  planet he spoke life….

Interestingly enough, towards the end of his monumental Tractatus, Ludwig Wittgenstein, the leading analytical philosopher of the twentieth century, conceded, ‘The solution of the riddle of life in space and time lies outside space and time.’85

Looking at the issue from a scientific angle, Michael Behe goes a significant step further: ‘As we reach the end of this book [Darwin’s Black Box], we are left with no substantive defence against what feels to be a strange conclusion: that life was designed by an intelligent agent.’86

Today, the enlightened scientific community tells us that the universe created itself from nothing!  I will let you choose which is the more sensible and logic choice.

Blanchard, John (2011-08-05). Does God Believe in Atheists? (Kindle Locations 6989-6993). Evangelical Press. Kindle Edition.


Back in Town…

After a very long break (traveling from Detroit to Phoenix via Chicago, Madison, St. Paul, Sioux Falls, Jackson, Ft. Collins, Denver, Santa Fe…) I am back in town (well – my parents’ town).

It was not the easiest thing to travel with 2 small kids, but it was certainly fun and educational.

USA is a great and beautiful country – especially the places we had a chance to visit.

The following are just a few of the highlights: a great boat trip on Chicago river with Mike Barak, driving through Wisconsin and Minnesota, Mt. Rushmore (South Dakota), Jackson (WY) and Yellostone, and Estes Park in CO.

Should I have a choice for a summer ranch – I would definitely choose Teton Village in Wyoming…Wyoming also looks  great for hunting (I must have seen over 200 deer – including their relatives) and fishing…God’s creation is just amazing, especially in Wyoming, Colorada, etc.

Isaiah loves fishing (we just went again [after Estes Park] a couple of days ago in AZ) and we love eating the fish that my wife cooks (honey – I promise next time we will catch enough so you can eat too :))!

Seeing Craig Huston was a highlight.  Craig was my roommate for about 4 years in college and is now working for HP in Fort Collins.  Unfortunately, he has 2 broken toes from his latest climbing trip…but he will still go on a mission/ministry trip to Greenland! For me – Craig is a true symbol of the hard working American, and humble Christian worker.  Praise the Lord.

The highlight – however – was my brief visit to Bethlehem Baptist Church where I took some pictures and (more important) I bought some good books.

I hope to share soon some of the good books that I got there.  For a starter, see The Trials of Theology. Only the Luther’s chapter on oratio – meditatio – tentatio is well worth the price of the book.

I am writing from an air conditioned library in Peoria, AZ…for without AC, you are a dead man in AZ! 🙂

Trying to catch up on some of my studies and research…before our next trout fishing trip next Monday (or Tuesday?).  Now that I got two new rods (one broke last week as I caught a trout less than 2 lbs!!!) with insurance (they will replace it if it breaks in 2 years :)) – I think we are ready to fish (even if it is in a trout farm)! OF course – the trout farm is for Isaiah, not for an experienced fisherman like me! 🙂

Isaiah: When are we going to fisherman? Of course – he is the fisherman! 🙂


Creation and Evolution – Waltke’s View and Consequences

Bruce Waltke is one of the best known scholars in Old Testament studies. I heard him speak, I read some of his writing, and I like him a lot. At 79 he still keeps going by teaching OT in various places (it looks like he is moving to Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, FL)!

I am writing this brief blog just to draw attention to the fact that Waltke has weighed in on the issue of theistic evolution. This weighing in has led to his departure (he was NOT forced to resign as some outlets suggest) from RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL) and to a flurry of blogs.

These blogs shed additional light on this most important issue for Christianity in the 21st century: latest info, John Hobbins, and Justin Taylor. John Hobbins has the links to many bloggers who discussed this topic.

It remains to be seen where this story will go and what its impact will be in the evangelical world!


How the World Began: Man, Destiny and Faith

So everywhere we are determined and defined by Him who breathed into us his breath and called us by our name.  And when all grows silent and empty about us, when we are restless and lost in a gloomy maze, when we cry out in the dark and none seems to answer, let us remember the saying of Pascal:

I would not seek thee, O God, if thou hadst not already found me.  Even my restlessness and my longing show me that thou art at work upon me.

Or we can pray: If in the madness of my passion and the wild commotion of my life I forget thee, do not thou forget me.

God is always greater than our faith, because the breath of His Spirit is stronger than the dust of the earth.  And with this certitude one can live.

Truly this is something you can live by.

If I know this, then I know the theme, the point of my life; then my life can succeed.

[From How the World Began – by Helmut Thielicke, pp. 85-86]


Dawkins vs. Mackay

This is an interesting debate (though I wish it was much longer and better) between Richard Dawkins and John Mackay.

Mackay certainly holds his own…but this is far too incomplete to declare a winner (in my opinion).

See Part I and Part II .

The interview was allegedly edited in favor of Dawkins (?).


Creation and Evolution

The more I read articles related to evolution, the more puzzled and amused I become.  Here is a recent article on a new Burmese fossil from Foxnews. The article is a series of contradictions by world-leading scientists about what they actually found. I will let you read it. I find it very funny, because they do not seem to agree on anything! How surprising!

I use this post, however, to point my readers to this excellent site about creation and evolution. It is written by people who have a much better understanding of the issues related to biology (my critique and reading of the  article mentioned above is simply that of a college educated reader with no expertize in biology – I assume that is the intended audience).

The people at CREV are really well read, they know what they are talking about, and they are very funny. I find their analysis of every current issue related to creation and evolution excellent. Enjoy! I would be surprised if they do not comment soon on the Burmese fossils.

P.S. Does anyone have a list (or a link) to certain things about evolution, like things that are not disputed and ‘everybody’ agrees on? I would like to take a look at that.


Ang again ‘EXPELLED”

A few weeks ago I wrote a brief post about the upcoming documentary of Ben Stein: “Expelled”. Today I ran into an interesting blog which discusses the participation of Dawkins to a screening of this movie. The blog also has some useful links to more info about “Expelled.” It is interesting (though not surprising) that the blog got many hateful and obscene comments (which were wisely not approved by the host: Jeffrey Overstreet). See the post here:

http://lookingcloser.wordpress.com/2008/03/20/richard-dawkins-crashes-the-party-at-a-screening-of-expelled/

It seems from the debate that some of the scientists interviewed were misled about the purpose of the movie etc. This is certainly wrong and unfortunate. However – I am wondering if the answers that they give in the interviews would have changed (or would have had to change) if the purpose of the movie is different? I think that the purpose of a movie should be irrelevant to the answers that I give to a question – as long as the question and answer are placed in the right context and are not misinterpreted. Isn’t that true?

P.S. For a response where “Ruloff explains how interviews were obtained with top Darwinists including Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, and dispels claims that trickery and deception were used” – see

http://www.idthefuture.com/2007/08/nothing_up_his_sleeve_executiv.html


EXPELLED – Living with a New Kind of Fear

Of course everybody heard about Galileo Galilei.  The poor fellow (who actually remained a devoted Christian to the end of his life) was denounced as a heretic by the church of Rome, even though he was right about the planets revolving around the sun and not the earth.  It was a kind of ‘sacred cow’ at that time that everything revolved around the earth…to succeed and stay respectable, one had to go with the flow.

What much fewer people know and believe is that a similar phenomenon (but in reverse) is taking place in our free and enlightened 21st century society.  Only today the sacred cow is Darwinism.  If you dare to question it and try to publish something that undermines this theory – you will end up being a ‘heretic.’ 

To be sure – it is a new kind of heretic.  It is not one that will have to fear the excommunication of the church, but one that will have to fear EXPULSION from the “tolerant and loving” academic community.

Tolerant and loving if you do not touch their sacred cows – in this case the theory of evolution.  Well – a new movie is coming out which documents this development.

More information about this movie is given below (and the link to the trailer of the movie).  It will surprise you.  And if you happen to question evolution – prepare to be “excommunicated”.  Only this time is not the church, it is the academic clergy.

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MAN CREATES LIFE – NOT!!!

Here I am reading in the morning an article about man (scientist J. Craig Venter) claiming to be close to creating life.  It got my attention – especially since I thought that others already claimed that before.  In the evening I cannot find the article anymore – but I find the TIME magazine version: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1706552,00.html.  This article was titled: Scientist CREATES Life – ALMOST.  (I was glad it did not add – ex nihilo:):)

You read the headlines – and you wonder.  Did man really create life?  Did the scientists really come close? Well – it looks like it was another attempt by the media to get you to read their article.  In any case it worked with me.

Anyway…I keep reading this article, and it turns out that Venter did not really create life…and he may not be that close either:

 The chromosome which Venter and his team has created is known as Mycoplasma laboratorium and, in the final step of the process, will be transplanted into a living cell where it should “take control,” effectively becoming a new life form.

Aha…so this creation of Venter has to be transplanted into a LIVING cell….and then it may become a new life form.  Does not sound that impressive anymore…and it certainly DOES NOT sound like Venter created life.  Does it? Well – let’s let the experts say it:

Eckard Wimmer, professor of molecular biology at New York University, said it was clear from Venter’s study that the team had not yet created artificial life.

He said he was left with “the unpleasant feeling whether or not the synthetic DNA was indeed proper and able for biological function.”

His fears were echoed by Helen Wallace, a biologist and spokeswoman for GeneWatch UK, who said that while Venter’s team has managed a technical feat, it is some way from being artificial life.

Venter is not God … He’s a long way from creating life,” she told AFP.

I could not have put it any better!  Real life is in the Author of Life (Acts 3:15) – Jesus Christ.

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26) I hope and pray that you do!

For a shorter version of the article on creating life see HERE:

 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/324833/1/.html

For a Christian scientific analysis compare: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2007/10/08/created-new-life