Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness or handling the Word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the Truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God, but even if our gospel is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:1-4
We are engaged in an ongoing war for the hearts and minds of men. My previous post, The Same Old Lie clearly demonstrates the never-ending reality of this war. It began in the garden and our enemy Satan is still applying these same tactics in his efforts to deceive us today.
What were those tactics? Satan is described as more cunning than all others. How did he apply his cunning abilities here? Well first Satan asks Eve a loaded opening question. This is a tactic used to control the conversation. Everyone in sales knows the value of asking questions. But when a question is asked where the reply is clearly known … additional power is achieved. Similar to an expert chess player, one is able to plan the following answers and questions in advance. Here is how it works: “and he said to the woman, “has God indeed said, ‘you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” The question begs for the EXPECTED response Eve gave: “we may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God has said; ’You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” Genesis 3:1-6
The devil’s cunning plan was to manipulate the conversation to the point where he could say: God lies. His words are not truth.“You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Rather than simply state his case, Satan delivered it to Eve smoothly, in the natural course of conversation. One can only imagine his subtleties and voice inflections. He appealed to the lust of her flesh, the lust of her eyes, and her pride. This clever line resulted in the fall of man and it has continually deceived billions of men since that first encounter. It works so well that the evil one tried it on Jesus as well. Jesus simply rebuked the evil one with God’s Word, and Satan departed … defeated by the eternal Truth and the Creator of all things. Matthew 4:1-11
Once we receive Christ, how is it that we can still be in danger? Well, remember the wording of my questions to the Christian in our online exchange. My question was regarding the teaching of evolution in our public schools in light of a specific teaching of the apostle Paul: “all flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds” 1 Corinthians 15:39. If this verse is Truth, evolution is a lie. If the other way around, God’s Word is a lie and our faith is placed foolishly on God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Should we teach evolution to our children; I asked? His choice was clear: Gods Word; or the teaching of men. So far, he has chosen to follow the teachings of men and has failed the test. All of us make similar choices every day, and sadly we often follow feelings, logic, and the wisdom of men; rather than the revealed Truth and Promises of our Lord.
Why is this so important? Because … we are in the midst of a war for the hearts and minds of men. The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving and these humanists and atheists are the same ones who have established their false religion: evolution, as the foundation of our public educational system. I would assume that for all who believe in God that this would be a most important question. How does God want us to train up our children? Does he want us to lead them into a diametrically opposed contradiction to His Truth and our spiritual belief system? As Christians, we have given our hearts to Christ. But clearly for many, the deception is firmly planted in their minds as truth. We do not want to be unwittingly deceived by the cunning words and tactics of the god of this age who has blinded minds of the unbelieving. To be deceived allows for us to be used by the enemies of Christ the spread the lies of the god of this world.
Okay, now I will ask you a loaded question. If you could talk to Satan, would he want you to believe in evolution or Creation? Do you now see how powerful a simple loaded question can be? Is there even one person out there who actually believes Satan would want you to believe in Creation? Obviously … not. If I were to ask the average Christian; “Do you believe in evolution; or should we teach evolution in our public schools? Very likely, more than 50% would answer: yes. But when the question is loaded with the idea of following the desires of Satan … a new dynamic comes into play. Beyond atheists, very few would want to stand on that ground. The power of a loaded question is the reason that Jesus often answered a question with a question in responding to the Pharisees as well.
So, for the sake of discussion: let’s assume that everyone reading this post agrees with my premise here: … that if there is a Satan who stands for the forces of evil, and if he would want us to believe in evolution and reject Creation; and at the same time if there is a God of all things who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, and who claims to be the Creator of all things; and who has provided me with a plan for my personal salvation and eternal life; and that given the choice between the two; I will stand with the Savior and His Creation: and I will reject and stand against Satan and his evolution.
If this is true, why have the majority of Americans who clearly stand with me allowed for the atheistic minority to force evolution on our children, in our public schools? The two most common answers are that many falsely believe evolution has been proven beyond a doubt. We will bring this foolish idea into question here in more detail. The second answer is that teaching Creationism is teaching religion and therefore a violation of our freedom from state sponsored religion.
This same logic would also lead us to conclude that we also cannot teach our children that it is wrong to murder, lie, steal, or have sex with children. Oops. The fact is that this concept of freedom from religion is only applied when it comes to the question of Creation as explained in the Bible. The same concern is not given to Humanistic evolution, the form of religion that is explained here by a witness for evolution in the 1981 Arkansas Creation law trial. “The basic ideologies of the civilization, including its entire moral structure, are at issue. Evolution is sometimes the key mythological element in a philosophy that functions as a virtual religion.” Professor Stanley Beck, renowned Physiologist was a key witness at the trial against Creationism.
Did you get that? The expert witness for evolution clearly defines evolution as a religion. How is it that evolution is given a free pass? That is a long story I will cover in a future post, but I would like to quote the words of a British science teacher which applies here in America as well: “For some time, it has seemed to me that our current methods of teaching Darwinism are suspiciously similar to indoctrination. The Darwinist can always make a plausible reconstruction of what took place during the supposed evolution of a species. Any difficulties in reconciling a given kind of natural selection with a particular phase of evolution can be removed by the judicious choice of a correlated character. Looked at this way, the teacher of Darwin’s theory, since he undoubtedly is concerned to put across the conclusion that natural selection causes evolution; while he cannot be concerned to any great extent with real evidence, because there isn’t any.” The Long War Against God, Dr. Henry Morris, pg. 52
A bazaar idea, don’t you think? Teaching science as fact without scientific evidence to support it? Here is more.
Lynn Margulis Professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts wrote that: “history will ultimately judge neo-Darwinism as a minor 20th century religious sect within the sprawling religious persuasion of Anglo-Saxon biology.” In her many public talks to molecular biologists she asks them to name a single, unambiguous example of the formation of a new species by the accumulation of mutations. Her challenge goes unmet. Proponents of the standard theory, she says, “wallow in their zoological, capitalistic, competitive, cost benefit interpretation of Darwin – having mistaken him … Neo-Darwinism, which insists on the slow accrual of mutations, is in a complete funk.” And Paleontologist Niles Eldredge wrote: "No wonder Paleontologists shied away from evolution for so long. It never seems to happen … Evolution cannot forever be going on somewhere else. Yet that’s how the fossil record has struck many a forlorn paleontologist looking to learn something about evolution." Darwins Black Box , Dr Michael Behe pg. 26-27.
Contrary to what evolutionists want us to believe I have literally thousands of statements from distinguished and renowned scientists from every field strongly denouncing Darwinian evolution. On the positive side, science has advanced dramatically while holding to evolutionary beliefs, but most positively that is in spite of; rather than because of this false teaching. How could this be true? That’s easy, modern science is only a few hundred years old. It was only in the 17th century that William Harvey discovered that blood continuously flows through our body. For the prior fifteen hundred years, scientists thought that the body was continually resupplying itself with new blood. And it was in the 17th century that the first microscope was invented. Prior to that time, scientific study was by the naked eye only. It was the 19th century before Louis Pasteur discovered that germs spread disease. This became known as the "germ theory of disease." The term “pasteurized milk” was named in Pasteur’s honor.
This wisdom of man that science is so proud of is still taking baby steps, when viewed in the context of history. And for sure, the Darwinian evolutionary conclusions are based on preconceived notions; and are filtered through atheistic wishful speculations.
Why is this stuff important? I thought we were going to study the end times, you ask? We will, but what hope do we have of convincing unbelievers to trust God's Word and Christ for eternity ... if supposed believers don’t really believe in God or the Truth that He has revealed to us?
THERE IS A MAJOR DISCONNECT … HERE!
I am convinced Darwin’s evolution has NOT even remotely been proven scientifically, or in any other way. Darwinian Evolution is atheistic wishful thinking and for many is presented with a form of religious fanaticism. The same concerns that inspired our founders to establish the freedom of religion clause are apparent in the current government indoctrination of this humanistic, atheistic, naturalistic, religious, philosophic, belief system. Secular humanism or evolutionary humanism should be ruled unconstitutional as a state endorsed religion. Humanist magazine made this statement on the back cover: “Humanism does not include the idea of a God and as such is considered a philosophy rather than a religion. In a way it is an alternative to all religions. … Those caught up in its religious aspects know that it provides a vibrant, satisfying faith.” That kind of sums evolution up ... science has accepted evolution by faith." Wait a minute, here ... that sounds sort of like a religion, don't you think? Now, back to my questions about the Bible verse and evolution, with my Christian friend online. He is a graduate of UCLA, with a Master’s degree. He is a confessing Christian and His Baptist pastor leads one of the largest and most renowned churches in America. He has made it clear to me that he is much more comfortable defending Darwinian evolution than Biblical Christianity. A sad state for Christianity, and for America.
Once again, I will close here now with this loaded question:
If you could talk to Satan, would he want you to believe in evolution … or Creation?”
Now ... what are you going to do with that? Hint... hint ... time to drop your bait in the water.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
God Bless you my friends, Bob Copyright: Robert West 2011
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