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It’s Christmas Eve 2014 and as the years have rolled by since the birth of the Baby who was to become the Saviour of the world, it seems more and more people no longer believe it ever happened, let alone understand the actual meaning of it all.

But the fact is that the Christmas Story is really the Gospel Story and the two are intertwined because the unique purpose of Jesus, God’s Son, coming here to be born as a baby, was to DIE – specifically because the human race is bound by the curse of sin and death.

The message from the Angel of the Lord to the shepherds was an announcement of good tidings and peace on earth because the special Baby was born. That peace on earth was not to be a patched- up truce between conflicting sides in our  war-torn world though. It was an offering of peace and reconciliation from God Himself to to His sinful and rebellious creation. We all die because every one of us is born in the condemnation of God’s judgement on sin.

Christmas time reminds us what it cost God, in His mercy, to send His Son into this world as a man, to ‘taste death for every man’, to release us from the power of sin and death by His own death and resurrection.

Because Jesus lives – we will too if we believe Him. He requires a response from each individual to His offer. In John 3:16-18 we read :

For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it , but to save the world through Him. He who believes on Him is not condemned: but he who does not believe is already condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.

In John3:36 we read:

He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: he who doesn’t believe the Son will not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him.

He is more willing to give than we are to receive, but may the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shine in your heart this Christmas.  Many blessings,   Eileene

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I’ve been reading through the Book of Acts lately , mainly in order to compare todays methods of evangelism with what the early church did. Among other things, I couldn’t help noticing that wherever the Apostle Paul preached the gospel, he started right from the beginning of the story – demonstrating Christ in the Old Testament scriptures. Stephen too, prior to his martyrdom , had taken the Jews back over their history.

In our own day and age, with widespread ignorance about God and the wholesale acceptance of evolution as fact, there is a need when preaching the gospel, or witnessing to individual unbelievers, to be able to present the truth about our origins in a knowledgeable and convincing way. We can then go on to present the gospel of Christ as a needful thing .If people don’t believe in God or are agnostic, they won’t see their need of a Saviour. We have to go back to the beginning to present the root of the problem.

The Apostle Paul started where people were at. When he preached to the Jews there was no need for him to convince them of God’s existence, so he went to the heart of the matter after first reminding them of their history. When he preached to gentiles who worshipped many gods, he didn’t have to convince them of a supernatural world.

Why then is the Creation/Evolution debate so neglected in our churches, when it seems such a key to reaching today’s unsaved masses? Why is it regarded  merely as a secondary issue and nothing to do with the gospel?

Of course I understand and know we are saved simply by believing that Christ died for our sins – that faith evidenced by being born again, but we first have to believe that there is a God who made us!

There are a growing number of [misguided] Christians , known as Theistic evolutionists, who believe God ‘used’ evolution as His method of creation  – but if that were the case, then He surely would have told us so?  It amounts to a lie if the account in Genesis says it took God six days but He really took eons of time. Apart from which, the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles believed and taught  Genesis literally.

Theistic evolutionists have a huge problem when it comes to the question of sin, simply because God states categorically that all that He created was ‘good’.  There was a moment in time when the curse of sin entered our world, bringing death with it. With evolution however the bad has always been here and death is accepted as a ‘natural’ thing.

But the truth is that it is the most un-natural thing – death is mankinds’ last and greatest enemy – and the norm is to do everything we possibly can to stay alive!   Why do we grieve so when our loved ones die if it’s so natural? Every fibre of our being shouts out ‘NO’ !

Let me tell you here and now that in all the years I was an atheist, I wasn’t happy to be one ….  in spite of being very happy in my personal life, with a husband who was my soul-mate and two lovely children. And even though our first-born son had spina-bifida and hydrocephalous, it had drawn us even closer together as we faced our difficulties.

But the material world was all there was and I had to face reality and  accept that fact. – after all, Science had proved we came from apes.  I certainly wasn’t aware of any counter arguments to say otherwise. I wasn’t interested in the dream world of wishful thinking that religious people lived in, however comforting that would be. I wanted Truth, and no Scientist believed in God did they??

Leaving aside for a moment, the mysterious workings of a Sovereign God, I might have found that truth sooner had  church people been educated by their Leaders to know the arguments for and against evolution/creation. But how can they defend what they don’t know? Back then [in the 60s] ignorance I suppose could be forgiven – but today, thankfully, there are several excellent Ministries championing the  truth of God’s word and the Creation cause.

But I can’t help feeling really disappointed at the dearth of churches taking regular advantage of the offers of speakers from the likes of CMI for instance. What golden opportunities are missed to equip believers and reach out to the atheist/agnostic with the whole gospel. It could be the first step to their salvation.

In these days of deception, churches would rather follow the way of ‘socialising’ to reach the unsaved. It’s so much easier to invite someone to a picnic or ‘love’ them into the Kingdom. Of course I’m not saying that people can’t be saved that way – it’s just not the scriptural method is it? Why have so many become ashamed of presenting the Gospel truth when it is the power of God to everyone who believes? Romans 1:16

I am a ‘nobody’ when it comes to authority and I’m in no position to tell anyone to do anything whatsoever, all I know is , I am passionate for God’s truth and I love to write about it, in the hope that the Lord may use it to help fellow believers to get better equipped  in these deceptive days. So this is a plea to please take advantage of the information available on creation web sites.

You can receive Creation Ministries International’s [ CMI.uk here] daily email Infobytes, or subscribe to their superb Creation Magazine. They have speakers who will do presentations in your church [Philip Bell/ Dominic Statham/Phil Robinson].

I live in West Sussex [UK] and there is an excellent ministry, The Creation Science Movement, based in Portsmouth [www.csm.org.uk]. You can subscribe to receive their Journal by post . It’s the oldest creation ministry anywhere I believe, founded in 1932.  They have recently re-opened their permanent, free exhibition called ‘The Genesis Expo’ [contact them for opening times]. I would love to visit it myself but I need to rope somebody in for a lift!

There are others too eg Answers in Genesis

with many blessings to everyone,   Eileen

 

 

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I guess this is a somewhat unusual thing for me to be blogging about – but , as a regular user of Paypal you get the occasional email from them. I received one the other day which made me quite incredulous ….

Linked to the email was an article on their website dated 27th June 2013.  After the initial self-praise for their Global success and achievements, it seems their ambitions are now turning to Outer Space  – no, not investments in sending up rockets, but making sure they will be there for us all , facilitating our transactions for tourism between Space Hotels and the like and Planet Earth!

In 2016 apparently the first  Space Hotel will be in orbit thanks to Virgin Galactic and Space X.  Not only that, Paypal anticipates us ‘inhabiting other planets’ and therefore claim to be the only company currently poised to deliver payments outside of our planet  … in what they describe as these ‘new and exciting times’.

The article mentions astronauts  living on space stations today, needing to pay for life’s necessities from their bills back on earth and that everything is in place for such a system. Confusingly they then go on to say  they hope to find the solutions to address these challenges, supported by  the scientific community and other technology companies as they go out into the solar system and beyond. So – is it in place and on the verge of happening or is it simply an ambitious dream? They end by saying they want to make space a commercial reality.

Do I see the word ‘Greed’ written on the wall? Big business falling over itself to be the first ; speculating to accumulate?  Before sending the Flood, didn’t God say that every imagination of the thoughts of  mankind’s heart was only evil continually? [Genesis 6:5] and in the days when the human race all spoke the same language and they got the idea of building a Tower up to the stars that didn’t God say ‘ nothing would be restrained from them [ie they would set no boundaries]  in their imaginations to do.? [Genesis 11:6] So He confused their language and communications and scattered them apart from each other.

It seems to me that mankind is following the same old pattern again and trying to make the world One [for commercial gain]. Not content with the planet God has specially made for us , man has foolishly set his sights on other habitations.  Global communications have again made us all of one speech and ‘nothing is restrained from us’ . Will God again confound and judge mankind soon – this time by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ?  You can’t help but think so can you?

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Is there a better theory for life’s origin[s] than evolution?

In spite of fooling almost everyone [it seems] into believing it is proven fact – including a significant number of theists –  the alternative theory,  that life was originally created by an Intelligent Master Designer,  fits the observable facts much more satisfactorily.

I love cats, so I was looking forward to watching a tv programme last night that studied their behaviour. Of course, true to form, the usual evolutionary explanations and analysis supported the project.

All the interpretations of the data came from the belief  that the cat has evolved and still is evolving from it’s wild ancestry – becoming more and more domesticated as a result of living with humans in their homes. But of course – this isn’t ‘evolution’ in action but simply adaptation to its environment.  A cat is still a cat within the bounds of the cat family and there is absolutely no evidence to suggest they ever evolved/developed from another species or ‘kind’ as the Bible puts it. Nor will it ever grow into anything else [except with Man’s attempted bizarre manipulations] – no matter how long the time-scale evolutionists want to invent. [ you can read about carbon dating methods on the Creation.com web site]

If  a theory is presented as fact often enough , especially by the ‘scientific’ fraternity – then people believe it must be true … what does it matter if we massage the facts occasionally to fit the theory or make fraudulent claims of ‘missing links’ ?  [ The mere fact that they are still missing should give us a clue here]. And while we’re at it – let’s not forget to hold up to ridicule those who believe in a Creator God, so that we can reinforce our bogus case.

True Science should be open-minded and objective but so often these days it begins and ends with an anti-God bias and purely emotional arguments. Both ‘theories’ should be explained in schools/colleges and Universities so that students can make up their own minds from the factual evidence and not from biased opinions one way or the other, and certainly ‘faith’ schools should have the freedom to teach creationism. But in todays world that is highly unlikely.

Not only is evolution the greatest hoax ever foisted upon mankind, but it’s consequences are dire. It robs people of their God-given sense that we are sinful creatures, in need of  His salvation.  The life, death and resurrection of Christ becomes irrelevant and meaningless, and yet His story is the most important and urgent to pay attention to.

Life itself  becomes cheap and valueless under evolutionary/atheistic philosophy – evidenced in the thoughtless killing of the unborn.  I recently read of a ‘tweet’  by Richard Dawkins that:  “with respect to those meanings of ‘human’  that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig”.

Assisted suicide and euthanasia will soon become Law I’m sure, as the Lord’s restraining hand is lifted and He gives people over to what they choose to do. Evolution considers death to be a ‘natural’ thing rather than a tragedy for humankind ….. God made all things good originally and death entered the world through sin. Man is still reaping the fruits of that and the only remedy is the gospel of Christ … but who is listening?

Thank God, for the believer , we know the beginning and the end of the story ….. we know that from God’s word, the Bible.  God has always had a remant of people in the darkest of times and we need Him more than ever as the Bible story comes to fruition and we see it unfolding before our eyes in the land of Israel particularly – but that is for a future blog maybe.

Well – I ‘ve strayed  away from my first musings about cats haven’t I  – but you know how one thing can lead to another…..

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122         That Paragon of all knowledge Richard Dawkins says that the Universe has  ‘no design,  no purpose , no evil, no good , nothing but blind, pitiless indifference’

Prof. William Provine, of Cornell University, says : ‘There is no life after death. When I die I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, no free will for humans either’.

It looks like they’re living in denial to me …..

I had a conversation with a friend some time ago in which I suggested that if God doesn’t exist then life has no ultimate meaning or purpose. He readily agreed and said in a matter of fact way , that he was quite happy in his belief that life is pointless. There is nothing special about man or the earth- we are simply insignificant  in the Universe – just another planet. I couldn’t help wondering if this was just bravado on his part  ….. the Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things and that God searches our hearts.

The Agnostic doesn’t seem to fare much better. I have a dear friend whose wife died around the same time that my husband went to be with the Lord. He wrote this simply- stated but very poignant poem that sums up that feeling of loss exactly.

One plate, one cup, one piece of toast,

No need to bother with Sunday roast

Awake at five, it’s hard to sleep

Another day, more time to weep

One voice, no sound, no one around

Opinions kept, no one to share

I am just one, no more a pair

Nothing to say, the future’s bare.

 

Humanly speaking, I really identify with the desolation expressed by my friend. It is all too true , even when the years pass. However, for the Christian believer the story doesn’t end there thank God. I have that wonderful little word HOPE to sustain me and change my outlook. That hope is not the worldly, airy-fairy kind, but the Bible kind, which is a sure anchor and comes with the knowledge of God as Creator and Saviour in my life.

Nobody is born an atheist, it’s something we choose to be as we get older. But we all have that inherent ‘something’ within us that tells us our lives have just got to be more than the physical here and now. Even the atheist has a conscience and knows right from wrong instinctively. The trouble is that conscience can become warped and seared when it is without the guidance and knowledge of God’s will.

Those who claim to be atheists fall into two camps I believe – on the one hand, those who genuinely think there is no evidence for the existence of God and on the other, those who come to their atheism in a rebellious stance toward a God/religion they don’t like. The former think that evolution has proved there is no God because that’s what they’ve been told by ‘scientists’ and the latter have a vendetta [prolonged bitter hostility]  against God from purely emotional arguments rather than the actual evidence.

There are definite evidences of this in Richard Dawkin’s writings. Any alternative theory about origins is grasped at like straws when you don’t want to believe in an Intelligent Creator. Did everything really make itself – no matter how obviously impossible that is? Hmm – they do believe in miracles after all!

Most people though, are content to just amble through life in an agnostic sort of way, with the vague hope that , if there is a God, He will be amicable towards them because they’ve done their best to live a good life etc. But my question is –  where does Jesus fit in and what is His relevance to you?  Well –  that’s the sticking point of the matter, because your response to His Son is what matters to God.

Death comes no matter what your beliefs are and death entered our world through sin [not a popular word nowadays is it?] .  Jesus came into this world to save us from this serious situation and to make certain that we KNOW , if we believe in Him , that when physical death comes , we will have everlasting life.  Is it worth being an atheist/agnostic then?

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, the things that God has prepared for those who love Him. I would rather live and die with that promise, than with the bleak, pointlessness of the unbeliever. It’s a no-brainer to me …. all it takes is a genuine bit of humility to admit you’ve been wrong and deserve nothing , and tell God so. You will have to take that leap of faith of  course – but God is with you if you trust Him. He will fill you with love, joy and peace that you never experienced before. There is nothing you can give Him except your thanks.

Please share your thoughts …..        Eileen

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I watched a James May programme on BBC last night. It aroused my curiosity because I’d read in the Radio Times that –  ‘James explores Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection and tries to find evidence for evolution. He explains a link between humankind and cabbages’.

My immediate thought was – that sounds really promising – is he actually going to explain that ‘natural selection’ is not the same as and does not need evolution, because he can’t  find evidence for the belief that one species did, can or does change into another ? I was further encouraged when the programme voice-over stated it was ‘looking for the answers to life’s big questions’  …. so far, so good.

But my hopes were dashed as no free-thinking, objective exploration of the evidence was forthcoming. It was just another look at life with atheistic bias.

James May began with a short bio of Darwins abandoned ambitions in medicine and theology, but no revelation of the emotional trauma that made him turn away from God. He went on to describe Darwin’s famous observations of Finchs’ beaks via ‘natural selection’ followed immediately by the statement that the theory of evolution is accepted fact by most scientists today.

I find that unsatisfactory on two counts – 1) natural selection is wrongly equated with evolution and 2) why no discussion of what non-evolutionary scientists have to say?

The fossil record is presented as evidence for long evolutionary time with the old question ‘What came first, the dinosaur[chicken] or the egg? If you want to see evolution in action look at an egg.’

This is a daft statement to make because, as with all life  the egg is DNA at work and nothing to do with the evolutionary idea that one species evolves into another. I am no scientist but I do try to understand within my limited brain function the findings of actual scientific knowledge – and to my understanding, the genes use pre-programmed information within the DNA to make us what we are.  The fertilised egg reproduces after its own kind  – just as all the evidence shows us.

I found it of note too, that in the BBC quote [above] it refers to ‘humankind’ and that little word ‘kind’ is significant. The Bible account of God’s creation states He made things after their own kind  – there was no cross – over between them. We certainly observe variation – but always within its kind. God created everything in adult form to reproduce. Nothing can survive alone  in an immature, primative form – we all need mothers and fathers !

Regarding the fossil record – I don’t think it’s too sweeping a statement to say that every scientist knows that fossils are formed rapidly by being trapped suddenly in a catastrophic happening eg flood. If some animal or human dies in the normal course of events and is buried the body decays over a fairly short period of time until eventually nothing remains.  The Bible description of the great Flood produced exactly the fossil evidence we have today.

James May admits in the programme that the fossil records present obstacles that seem to contradict the theory that they are millions of years old. Rather than face the obvious  [well, we musn’t believe in God !!]  yet more theories are invented to accommodate their preconceived wishes eg Cambrian Explosion, Punctuated Equilibrium etc.

An examination of death and extinction follows with the statement that ‘ the biggest killer is evolution itself’ – it’s all simply part of the evolutionary processs’.   [- so, get over it].  Why don’t we just gloss over the minor detail that it doesn’t actually explain death at all. Let’s be positive and try to create life ourselves.

Scientists are currently trying to create a living  mammoth from the DNA of a frozen dead one. And apparently in 2010 the first man-made life  was created from bacteria. James May says of course, it needed the DNA plus a host cell to do it, and a completely original life form is still science- fiction. Of course it is, because common sense tells you that something can never be produced out of nothing.

To illustrate further the foolishness of atheistic man, we are told that there is redundant DNA with no purpose – they are ‘evolutionary throw-backs’ – atavisms [ where have I heard that one before – the appendix perhaps?].

Well, if evolution is true and there is no God, then there is no meaning or purpose to anything. The natural conclusion for the thinking person is ‘then why bother and why should I care anyway? ‘The spokespersons of evolution know  the resulting despair that such an outlook  can generate, so they have to try to turn a negative into a positive.

So – what does James May finish with? ‘Evolution has never had a goal – so it takes the stress out of life!’   Really?  I would have thought such a philosophy does the exact opposite. I would ask – given the trials and tribulations that we all have to suffer in this sin-sick world – please tell me what it was all for?  And what about justice … doesn’t that matter?

The bottom line is that you have a choice who you will believe – will you blindly believe evolution because you find your idea of God unpalatable – or will you try to be more objective and examine all the evidence for yourself?  I thoroughly recommend the CMI and other creation web sites linked in my Blogroll at right.  Listen to your conscience – God gave it to you. This could be your first step to a wonderful, purposeful new life.

Many blessings   Eileen

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‘ ……. they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.’ 2 Thess 2:10/11

The essence of  brainwashing is to denigrate, ridicule and destroy the old , traditional – and probably in this case , loosely held, beliefs  –  in order to replace and establish the new required belief system.

Today we see the pernicious influence that a generation [or more] of the teachings of evolution have had on whole public institutions, governments, business, education and the media and consequently on to the ‘man in the street’. Evolution is accepted as fact even by many who believe in God – right into the Church itself.

Yes  –  there is a great conspiracy going on – but led by God’s enemy, Satan himself, who, the Bible tells us, will one day rule this world. He will come in the guise of an Angel of Light and will be heralded as a Saviour – but in truth – he is that Man of Sin , the Antichrist .  Hitler was a mere shadow of what is to come, as the German people worshipped him and allowed terrible persecution of their fellow human beings – the Jews [ plus any Christians and others who stood against him]. Hitler was a great believer in evolution , with himself of course at the top of the tree.

But , to return to my subject – the atheist/humanist has become much more aggressively evangelistic for the cause of evolution in the last few years, as they seek to ‘liberate’ people from their ‘religious’ shackles. [note Matthew 11: 28-30] But of course, their ideas about God were way off the mark in the first place .  Had they grasped the meaning of and the reason for the Gospel message, they would have been led into the truth by the Holy Spirit.

One could argue that they have themselves, become so shackled to the mind set of evolution that they are in a straight jacket that they can’t get out of, no matter what contrary evidence is shown to them.  They refuse to debate with scientists who are believers in Creation because they know that they have a strong case, whereas theistic evolutionists are easy pickings for them . The likes of Richard Dawkins do not encourage independent, objective examination of the scientific evidence, especially from the young,  because for them, everything must start from the premise of and utter faith in evolution as fact. And of course – this is how they want their readers and students to approach the subject. The other side of the argument is never presently seriously.

Let me just appeal to reason for a moment. Evolution teaches that the human race is no more than a slightly ‘higher’ evolved animal  – any wrong doing is just put down to our natural instincts – after all that’s what we see in the animal kingdom. But the question is – where did our conscience come from?  Why did music and laughter develop in us? How come we can appreciate beauty and where did our creativity come from? These hardly seem animalistic characteristics and dog-eat-dog, do they? We could add all sorts of other examples of where we are so different from the animals. This evidence  is much more in line with the Bible description of the first man being uniquely made in God’s image, with God-breathed life in him – completely different to the animals.  Evolution would have you believe life suddenly appeared out of nothing and over millions of years developed into our wonderful, complex world. Hardly credible is it? Have you ever noted anything developing from nothing in your life?

Everything in our world is so obviously designed for purpose. Everything we use has been designed and made by someone. Even Richard Dawkins admits that ‘everything appears to have design’  – in which case , the obvious question is  – who designed it? Methinks that’s why some scientists are spending vast amounts of time and money trying to find evidence of life elsewhere in the universe  – maybe we were made or brought here by aliens ?? in that case – who made the aliens?? Yes – it all goes into the realms of more and more fantasy and imaginings instead of facing facts.

Well, to get back to our world –  it seems that with a few exceptions, the whole of mankind is travelling on the evolution road – even ‘religious’ people.  Jesus spoke of two ways  – the narrow and the wide, leading to two different destinations. By default we are on that wide road and heading for God’s judgement. You are more than a mere animal – you have been given a choice to make.  Should be a ‘no-brainer’ shouldn’t it?  The narrow road is the one you  travel with the Lord Jesus Christ – destination Heaven.

A favourite African American song of mine [ we used to be able to call them Negro Spirituals – and always with respect anyway]  –  called  The Gospel Train, urges us to board the train that’s going to Heaven, but you have to reserve your ticket first and be ready to leave. The ticket was already paid for by Jesus when he died on the cross. It finishes with the words – ‘Oh sinner you’re forever lost, if once you’re left behind’  

This world is in a tragic, hopeless, no win situation as the atheist and godly alike do their best to try and bring their own solutions to patch things up. But the truth is – we can do nothing to save ourselves – none of us deserve anything from God. The good news is that God is gracious and merciful and will forgive us, but it must be on His terms and not ours.  ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16

             ‘ …… Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.’ 1 Cor 2:9

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