Goodness Gracious!

God is good. We can see this from several texts in the Psalms and in the gospel of Mark.

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Psalm 119:68 You are good and do good

Psalm 135:3 Praise the LORD, for He is good

Mark 10:17-18 A man ran up and asked him, ‘Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’

While this list is not comprehensive, we get a picture that one of the characteristics of God and the way that he acts is his Goodness. The English word from these passages that has been translated to be “good” is the Hebrew transliteration: towb.

This same word is used in Genesis 1 as God describes his new creation. After the first, third, the fourth, and the fifth days, God describes his creation as ‘towb’ or good. Genesis 1:29-31 says, “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it- I give every green plant for food. And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning the sixth day.” In fact, since God called his creation “good” twice on days 3 and 6, there is a total of seven “good” descriptors of his creation. As seven is seen throughout scripture as the perfect number, God is bringing extra emphasis on the goodness of his creation. Creation wasn’t just “good” in a trivial sense, it was made to reflect God’s goodness and glory (Psalm 19:1).

We know that later on in chapter 3 of Genesis, it describes Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God’s one command. Sin caused pain, thorns, and death to pervert God’s “very good” creation. Romans 8 confirms this when it says, “creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole of creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

Sin perverted God’s “very good” creation. And God revealed that the curse of sin included death, pain, thorns, and creation being in bondage to decay.

When archaeologists dig down into the layers of earth, what do they find? Fossils of billions of dead things. Fossils of dinosaurs and other animals that had terrible diseases like cancer are found. Some fossils show teeth marks of predators in layers that evolutionists date as having been buried millions and millions of years before mankind walked the earth. Even fossilized thorns have been found in layers that evolutionists date as being 400 million years old.

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But there are Christian teachers out there, who are trying to harmonize clear teaching of scripture with billions of years of bloodshed, suffering, and death. Is this what the Psalmist would relay as a character quality of the Almighty? But that’s exactly what Hugh Ross,  the Rossians, and John Walton would have us believe. To make this work, they have to re-define the Hebrew word “towb” to mean potential or ordered.

It is no small thing to attribute billions of years of cancer, bloodshed, pain, and death with the perfect character of the Almighty. Yet, when Walton and Ross redefine the same word “towb”, which is used to describe God’s character, as inclusive of death, one has to question their understanding of scripture.

Lastly, Isaiah 11:6-9 describes a time when God will restore his perfect creation. God revealed to Isaiah that there will come a time when predatory behavior, harm, and destruction will be a thing of the past. But Ross and Walton would say that predatory behavior, harmfulness, and destruction was a part of creation prior to Adam’s sin. Their interpretation of scripture has serious problems that affect the gospel. If death and destruction and harm were part of God’s very good creation, then why did Jesus have to die a horrific physical death on the cross? Romans 8:21 “Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay.”

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

We can trust the Good God Almighty about what he has revealed about the past, and we can trust him about the good He plans for the future. Praise Him!!!

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Alien Intrusion: Upcoming Film Documentary

Are there highly evolved extra terrestrial beings in the universe? Did they visit earth in the distant past? Did they actually seed life here on the 3rd rock from the sun billions of years ago? Are they watching over us with the purpose of someday returning to rescue us from ourselves?

These questions and more are prevalent in today’s culture. There are ancient cultural discoveries and fossils that are very difficult for the materialist framework to answer, so instead of turning to the Bible for God’s revelation of history, people would rather believe that aliens are the god-like entities of creation/salvation.

About 10 years ago, I bought the audio book, Alien Intrusion. It is one of my all-time favorite books, and I can’t wait to see the movie this week in the theater. I encourage anyone who has had questions about aliens, ancient cultural technology, or any of the questions above to go see this movie.

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Alien Intrusion was first published as a book in 2006 and became an Amazon Top-50 best-seller. The book, written by Gary Bates, was in response to the UFO phenomenon and the people who claim to have been abducted by aliens. A great resource for anyone questioning these strange and fantastic stories, the book was updated in 2010, and is now coming to the big screen as a documentary.

Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, is set to be released on Thursday, January 11 in select theaters, and is 2 hours, 10 minutes in length. It’s narrated by John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), and he hopes this movie will encourage viewers to think differently about this subject and consider other possibilities. The film crew has traveled the world to interview both experts and those who claim to have had some kind of ‘experience’ with UFO’s or aliens.

As an avid sci-fi fan…

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Greg Bahnsen Explains Evolution

There is a mountain of evidence regarding evolution…evidence that it is ridiculous.

Greg Bahnsen presents a well-reasoned and accurate account of the impossibility of naturalistic evolution.

Biblical Beginnings

In this video, beloved, brother Greg Bahnsen (who has gone home to the Celestial City) gives the best explanation for the origins of evolution . I pray it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was to me. As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Perspective Matters

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The REAL victim from the news last month of a shooting in Texas is atheist, Devin Kelley. It’s been reported that Kelley was armed, but he was obviously trying to protect himself from religious fanatics.

the victim was near a Baptist Church in Texas – he was afraid for his life from gun-toting, Bible-thumping right-wingers.” An MSNBC report also suggests the victim was armed with an AR-15 rifle, 2 handguns, and explosives for this same reason.

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The linked article is worth reading as it shows how easily the tone of an article can change based on the writer’s perspective.

Just in Time for Christmas

Meme-NoMoreViolenceYou might be looking for the perfect gift for your politically correct friend, who disdains violence. You want to be a good Christian and your friend to know the “truth” of a loving God, but the Bible has so much violence in it. So what do you do?

You give them the new “Violence-Free Bible“. It’s not consistent with God’s original revelation to the divinely-inspired authors, but the “translators” of this new version have more sensible and relevant understanding of today’s modern culture. In it, you’ll find a safe space for your mind. No more fascist God who judges people for rebellion. No more Old Testament violence against minorities. Instead:

  • Angered by humanity’s sin, God drowns the earth in a global flood of puppies and candy.
  • As a sign of the covenant, God commands Abraham to get a lit “Shalom” tattoo on his wrist.
  • The Israelites and their Egyptian captors collaborate to reduce their collective carbon footprint, causing the Red Sea to lower.

Are you tired of New Testament violence? Fixed!!!

  • When He’s about 33 years old, Jesus establishes a large megachurch at Calvary, has a successful, uplifting ministry, and eventually retires to the Sea of Galilee on his attractive 401K plan.
  • Ananias and Sapphira donate part of their allotted offering to the church, and the Apostle Peter asks them to stand and be recognized for their generous donation.

 

BUT WAIT!!!! That’s not all. If you order now, you’ll also receive this book, which is based on a true story, but is miracle free. No more crossing out the passages of those old translations that are scientifically unverifiable.

Passage like Genesis 2:7 Fixed!

Then the Lord God took a few thousand hominids formed from ape-like ancestors through evolution and breathed in them, and they became spiritual beings.

Tired of the Proverbs throwing religion at you? Fixed!

The empirical method is the beginning of knowledge.

Methodological Naturalism is the beginning of wisdom.

The fear of man is most important for today’s Christians to maintain academic respectability, but he who trusts in the Lord is naïve.

Even Jesus, who was wrong about science, gets his quotes from John 3:12 Fixed!

If I [Jesus] have told you earthly things like the fact that Adam and Eve existed ‘from the beginning of creation’ and the global Flood really ‘occurred’, and I’m wrong, don’t worry; just believe me anyway if I tell you heavenly things.

Al Franken and all the other Political Perverts

Sin isn’t a Democrat or Republican problem. Sin is a human problem with only one cure: Jesus!

The Domain for Truth

One of the news I read this morning is “Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It.”

I have been seeing the last few days the Left being up in arms against Roy Moore.  I saw some friends on social media rant against Republicans concerning that.  But the latest news reveal its not just Republicans and we should recall that there are also Democrats as well: Al Franken, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, etc.

These days it seems like every day there’s news of someone groping someone in the past.  It is hard to keep track of it.  For instance I was surprised to read Tom’s blog post, “Paragons of virtue?” where I learn that George H.W. Bush also have several women come forth with accusations.

My point is not partisan politics.  The point I want to make is spiritual.

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Disney Deception

How many watched and liked Frozen? I’ll admit, I liked it too…and there’s still probably some good stuff to be gleaned from the themes – selfless love, redemption…

But I recently read the lyrics to its most famous song, “Let it Go”.

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation,
and it looks like I’m the Queen
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in;
Heaven knows I’ve tried
Don’t let them in,
don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel,
don’t let them know
Well now they know
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don’t care
what they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway
It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I’m free!
Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry
Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on
My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back, the past is in the past
Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway!
The bold font is my addition to highlight the little deception that lies at the heart of the song. So, while the “Let it go” lyric is beautiful and catchy, do you think after seeing the rotten core of the song that “letting it go” might be pushing the boundaries for something else? It sounds to me like this witch with power has found freedom in coming out from behind societal boundaries to be “who she is”. Regardless of consequences or morals, she’s going to be herself. It’s the deceptive little sermons that get buried in the plain sight that are sometimes the most evil.
If instead of a disney princess witch singing these words, do you think the song would have caught on with all the little girls if this guy had been singing it in the movie? NOTE: Make sure your speakers aren’t turned up too loudly. 🙂

Thankfully, there is redemption from sin through Jesus. His grace is bigger than rebellion against Him.