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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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   My deep desire is for the Lord to use this Blog to reach out to my unbelieving family and friends. I enjoy writing and I am much more comfortable writing than speaking on the phone for instance – but that may be because of my partial deafness.

  God forbid that I should use it as an indulgence or ego trip ! I’ve no idea if any of them read this anyway as nobody ever mentions it.  Even so , I have to relate my own experience as an unbeliever to use as a springboard for what is to follow.

  I knew the gospel story from days spent in Sunday School when my Mum sent me and my sister there to get us out of the house. I have fond memories of singing about Jesus and my cup running over and being  h-a-p-p-y …..  and I knew the story was that  Jesus came to ‘save’  us.   But it was just a story about a good man who performed miracles and said wise things.

  But as I grew into adulthood the words ‘saved’ and ‘salvation’ were just words to be laughed at, as they were carried about on sandwich boards attached to men’s shoulders. I had no grasp of its meaning. I resented the fact that a middle-class church [ Cof E was all I knew] and clergymen with posh voices and a good standard of living had the cheek to tell us working -class folk that we were sinners. I knew full well that I was a good person and not a hypocrite like them [ tongue in cheek].

   So I know that for most people, Christianity comes with a lot of baggage that gets in the way of the simple Gospel message – hence they don’t see the forest for the trees and give up even bothering to look., especially as the world tells them it’s all a lie anyway. No wonder The Lord said we need to become as little children.

   When Jesus walked this earth in Roman occupied Judea [ named Palestina by them after the Philistines, Israel’s enemies] , He had much to say to the religious Jews who faithfully kept their rituals but didn’t really know their God.

   He continually pointed them to the Scriptures in relation to Himself in prophecy. He told them they had become hard of hearing – everything was so familiar to them, they were self-righteous and they just weren’t listening any more. They thought they knew it all.

   Matthew chapter 13 is also I believe , a real commentary on what is happening in our time. The Disciples asked the Lord why He was speaking to the people in parables and He said it was in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and because people’s hearts had grown hard. They had closed their eyes and ears to what God required of them. They needed the truth in the form of stories to give them something  to THINK  about.

     Well – I guess that my unbelieving family and friends need parables too, for they surely have shut down on the Gospel message. People  in our western world have  become so familiar with Christianity that they no longer value it – quite the opposite – it has become a thorn in the flesh. Among my own, mention of God is not welcome at all – ‘ don’t try to foist your religion on me !’  Well, yes – I used to think  like that too, but with God , all things are possible and thankfully He saved me 49 years ago when I at last responded to His gospel.

     The Lord was right when He told His followers : ” But blessed are your eyes, for they see and your ears, for they hear”  Matt:13:16

     On a broader front, the evangelical church, which was once the custodian of the true Gospel, has experienced this same lack of interest and so they have tried to take matters into their own hands by becoming more ‘user-friendly’.  They have apostasized from the straightforward, uncompromising word of God to become a social-centred, purpose-driven, corporate – managed church that includes believers and non-believers alike. Fraternising with the world for the sake of a false unity and kidding themselves that the world will love them for it. They forget that friendship with the world is enmity with God. [James 4:4]  The result is that the church sinks more and more into sin itself  – how can it be the light it should be when people can see no difference? The church doesn’t change the world [God changes individuals]  – the world changes the church.

       So, in the hope that my unbelieving reader’s ears and eyes  haven’t grown too dull for the truth to register – and in the absence of my own parables to enlighten –  I will simply repeat the wonderful words of the Lord Jesus to everyone, whether listening or not, for they have proved true for millions of people throughout history. He is throwing you a life-line.

” ….. I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in Me , though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25,26

” For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16

” He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.  John 3:36

   To those who refuse the grace He offers, it is not good news …..

” I said therefore to you that you shall die in your sins : for if you don’t believe I am He, you will die in your sins” John 8:24

  Our sins and sinful nature were dealt with by Jesus when He died on the cross. We are like the condemned person waiting in our cell, but the wonderful good news is that He has taken the punishment we justly deserve , but only if we believe it.  You will then experience the new birth spoken of  in John chapter 3. Yes – we still die a physical death as all mankind will – but because Jesus rose from the dead we will too.

Let me know your thoughts and email me if you don’t want to go public.

God bless –  maranatha!

 

  

  

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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

Please leave a comment by clicking on ‘comments’ below – and correct me if I’ve made mistakes in my ‘facts’ .

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No  – this isn’t a treatise on the ‘Lamentations of Jeremiah’  – but it’s my own lamentations on the condition of the world and the church.

I’ve been a Christian long enough now [49 years] to have observed how much has changed during that time. I wish I could say ‘for the better’, but sadly from a moral point of view that isn’t the case.

As the belief in evolution and therefore humanistic atheism has become more and more ingrained in peoples’ minds, so their lives have become less and less governed by absolutes.

From a simple understanding of God as the ultimate Authority and the Ten Commandments as the moral code to live by, it seems we are now free to pick and choose any philosophy that takes our fancy. If we do happen to have some remnant left of ‘God’ – He certainly isn’t the Biblical one as the Bible is just a book of myths , so God becomes what we imagine him to be. Truth hardly matters does it? What is truth?

The vacuum or space left by this removal of our Creator has to be replaced and filled by something – anything, so as to give some semblance of meaning to our lives. The likes of Richard Dawkins pronounce life to be bleak and pointless – but even he has to give purpose and meaning to his own existence by making it his fervent ambition to rid the world of ‘religion’.

The traditional British ‘stiff upper lip’ has had its day – psychology decrees it’s bad for us to repress things so we must now let it all out – the more tears, hugs and kisses, the better. This all seems to lead  into a sort of mass romanticism  – evident in the many sentimental emails that ‘do the rounds’ with veiled hints of  stopping the blessings if you don’t send them on to others. They are totally unrealistic but they make us feel good.

This spills over into weddings and funerals too. I go to more and more of the latter these days and boy, has there been a change!  It’s good to lighten the load of course , but favourite pop songs replace hymns and the mourners ‘pay their respects’ , but there is no real certainty of an after life – only vague references to the deceased person ‘looking down’ on us or somehow carrying on doing ‘up there’ what they always did ‘down here’.   At weddings [not that I’ve been to any for years] the bride and groom make sentimental [ and easily broken]promises to each other  – there are no binding vows made before God anymore  – except for true believers. Of course – like christenings, the clergy collude in it all.

Many give meaning to their lives by engrossing themselves in various hobbies and activities and if they can support a charity at the same time – so much the  better. If you’ve been blessed with a sense of humour and quick wit you can just laugh your way through life and cheer up others as you go, or you could help people going through a difficulty you have experienced yourself.

All these things are admirable and give meaning and purpose in an otherwise ‘orrible, sad world. But when all things are ended and you depart this life – what then? What’s it all been for? Has it all been one big senseless struggle?

And what about justice?  Do the murderers , paedophiles, the cruel, the cheats and the liars who have never been found out simply get away with it?  And lets not forget to include ourselves in this list  – according to Jesus – if we commit a sin in our minds we have done it for real. Not one of us is sin-free, even though we think we’re not that bad. But either way – don’t we all cry out for justice to be done?

The Bible has proved itself to be true in every respect and it is when mankind deviates from its teachings that things go wrong for society. Our laws were based in the Judeo/Christian revelations from God Himself , but gradually things are being turned on their head  – the latest to do with the meaning of marriage. And who would ever have thought that the government would allow Sharia law to practise legitimately in certain instances in our country?

My lament is that much of the Church [ except for a relatively few truly Bible-based churches] has become like the world and absorbed it’s practises and beliefs into its own – so much so, that anyone speaking up for the authority and infallibilty of God’s word is regarded as a naive fundamentalist who won’t face up to the ‘facts’ and move on.

Well – we are surely living in the time that the Bible warned would come  – perilous times when right will be wrong and the truth will be a lie; when people will love themselves [rather than love God and their neighbour] ; they will be proud and boastful and rebellious. They will also mock and despise believers.

However –  Christian believers have an anchor in Christ their Saviour and have a mission to fulfill while here on earth – that of bringing the good news of the gospel to those who are willing to listen. If you happen to be one of them and have questions – I urge you to seek God  and trust His word. We are alienated from God by our sin.  He sent His Son Jesus into the world to die in our place so that we can be forgiven and live with Him in eternity. Eternal life is a free gift given by God – there is nothing you can do to earn it, simply  believe and repent .

” And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of  God has not life. These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”   1 john 5:11-13

 

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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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