As an author, I like to check where my books are being sold and often check on their Amazon listings. It was amusing to find that the Amazon algorithm had recommended a useful product for people who were buying my new book, No Time for Itching Ears. It suggested that they buy a cream that treats fungal infections in your ear!
This past weekend, God gave me the opportunity to speak in Enterprise, Alabama, at County Line Baptist Church. For this trip, I was privileged to take my second daughter, Angie, along. My brother, Kent, also came to videotape some of the meetings, and Daniel Johnson was there to help me with the book table.
In my biology class at Tennessee Temple University, I sat next to a young man from China named Daniel. During the entire first semester as he listened to the lectures, he would make paper swans — cute little origami swans. Some were so small that they could fit on the end of an eraser. I asked him why he kept making them and he told me that he was going to get engaged when he got back home. With a big smile on his face, he pulled out a picture of his girlfriend and showed it to me. I teased him by saying, “There is no way she will say yes to you,” then I asked, “What are the swans for?” He said that one tradition in China is to provide 5,000 origami swans as a symbol of your love. I thought WOW! That has to take some time. He had been working on them for eight months. I was really impressed and hoped that his labor was not in vain, if you know what I mean!
Have you heard the news? Scientists have created genetically modified mosquitos in an attempt to help control the mosquito population. Because mosquitos carry such a variety of diseases, scientists are discovering ways of reducing the population and ways of switching off the gene that allows malaria to survive inside the mosquito. It is a neat trick, but here is what we think of it:
The Bible says that bread strengthens the heart (see Psalms 104:14-15). In modern times, however, in order to keep bread lasting longer, Vitamin E, Lecithin, and the Omega 3 fatty acids are removed from the wheat and replaced with white flour. Now, bread can last for months. Subsequently, more and more people are dying from heart attacks and circulation problems.
Without a doubt, the foundation upon which our salvation and hope rests is the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. God created a perfect, sinless earth and placed upon it a perfect, sinless man. This man, Adam, enjoyed close fellowship with his Creator until he sinned and broke the perfect relationship between God and man. Ever since that time, death and degradation have plagued God’s once-perfect creation, and man has been separated from God. However, the shedding of Christ’s innocent blood on the cross can restore man’s fellowship with God and provide him eternal life. Through Adam’s sin, death entered into the world; but through Christ’s sacrifice, salvation is made possible (Romans 5:19). Therein lies the gap theory’s greatest error, the placement of sin and death prior to the existence of Adam. If death existed prior to Adam’s sin, then how could it be the result of sin?
In the early 1800s, some unbelievers (and a few Christians) began to teach that the earth was “millions of years old.” This old earth teaching laid the groundwork for the evolution theory, which became popular a few years later. In an effort to blend both belief in the Bible and “millions of years,” some well meaning, but misguided theologians invented the gap theory which allowed “millions of years” to be placed between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
When I read Stephen Hawking’s article “Why God Did Not Create the Universe” (Wall Street Journal Sept. 4-5, 2010 P. W-3), I couldn’t help but laugh! I thought, ‘This guy teaches at Cambridge University? He can’t possibly really believe what he wrote here, can he? Does he really believe this entire complex universe and all the amazing life forms in it came about when nothing exploded in the big bang?’ (See I Tim. 6:10)
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