I have always enjoyed learning from Ken Ham and the team at Answers in Genesis. While in Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Ken was one of my professors and I enjoyed his teachings immensely. (BTW: This fall I have been asked to join Ken Ham, Jason Lisle, and others as one of the teachers at the college. I look forward to going back to invest in the students’ lives there at Jackson Hole Bible College later this year. If you don’t have college plans for this fall, contact JHBC to see about enrollment.)
In a recent blog, some readers presume that, because of the content, we must not understand how evolution really works. One reader wrote this:
There are four great questions that man tries to answer in life. These are called the great philosophical questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die? The way you answer them depends upon the way you view the world.
An interesting thread of comment came up on Facebook about how we trust that the future will be like the past, known as the ”Uniformity of Nature.” How can we know that the future will be like the past? If we could not ”know“ this very simple concept, then we would not perform experiments in science. For example, if we were to do an experiment and see that water boils at 212 degrees, but do not expect the future to be like the past, then why do the experiment? For all we know when we do the experiment again tomorrow under the same conditions it might be different. The question is, ”HOW do we KNOW that the future will be like the past?” Here was my response on Facebook:
“Be not weary in well doing” (2 Thessalonians 3:13). “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13). “The battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47). Our job is to be faithful until the Lord takes us out of this world. When the events of this world start to get you discouraged, read Psalm 2. The Devil may have his plans, but God in Heaven will laugh! Though we have worked for many years to combat the lies of evolution and get the textbooks changed, all that we have done so far is to keep the subject before the people. There has been no visible effect on the textbooks. It is easy to get discouraged. It is our job, however, to do right; God will take it from there.
Today is the start of early voting for those of us in Florida. So, I started thinking: Have you ever experienced one of those times when something happens and it’s not funny, but you laugh hysterically? At the birthday party I attended on Saturday a little two-year-old boy named Sean walked right in front of a nine-year-old boy swinging on a swing. The swing was at just the right height to perform a clothesline style move better than WWF fans have ever seen. Let’s just say little Sean was not a happy camper after that experience, but surprisingly it wasn’t one minute later that he was laughing and having fun again, ready to run back in front of the same swing. Thankfully his mother was there to make sure that didn’t happen.
Today I participated in my very first archery competition. I have only been shooting for a couple of months, but I was anxious to get out there and see what I could accomplish against guys that had been shooting much longer than I have. The target was a steel buck, literally a steel buck silhouette and a four-inch by four-inch square cut-away where a “kill” shot would be on a real deer. A target is placed behind the hole to stop any arrows that go through that little square. If you miss the square, you never get to shoot that arrow again because it hits the steel buck and destroys your arrow. (Great incentive to be accurate and for the sporting good store that sponsors the competition!) I experienced my first miss in round two at 35 yards. OUCH!! When you hear your own arrow hit that steel and you realize that you have missed the mark, your stomach sinks, your heartbeat escalates and you feel more pressure in the next shot. It is interesting that we get the term “sin” from archery. It literally means to miss the mark. I experienced that three times before finishing third place in that competition.
God called us to win souls, not causes. The great commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, and Acts 1:8) commands us to preach, baptize, and teach people what Jesus taught His disciples. While there is nothing wrong with working for a cause (1 Samuel 17:29), Christians have a strong tendency to major on minors and minor on majors; we need to keep priorities in order. The battle raging for the minds of men is a battle between God and the Devil. The people who (knowingly or unknowingly) are working for the Devil are not the real enemy. There is a tendency among Christians to not keep the sin separate from the sinner. However, we can still use the advice given by Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him your friend.” When dealing with evolutionists, our job is to love them and to keep a sweet spirit while trying to influence them to be saved. As we win people to Christ, they will begin to have their mind renewed and will see that God’s Word is true. Our best offensive weapon is soul winning—converted evolutionists make great creationists! Most of the active creation scientists are former evolutionists. If we obey Christ and “preach the gospel to every creature,” we will see great results.
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