Saturday, June 29, 2013

Evolution: The Amoral Religion

Have you ever considered why the scripture above is so important? 

Why sure you might say; without creation we are left in total confusion. Or you might point to evolution and say; evolution has proven that creation by God never happened.

Well let’s talk about that … if evolution was true, and creation never happened ... what conclusions can we logically come to?

God’s Word is a lie. If God is not the Creator then he is just another god concocted by men. The Word or truth was not present in the beginning but rather randomness ruled the day. There is no basis for belief. No right or wrong. No good or evil. No laws guiding the universe.

Jesus could not have been there in the beginning. All things did not come into being through Jesus. These truths would also be lies. The word or truth did not become flesh and dwell among men. Jesus could not have created life, if evolution is true. Jesus could not bring Grace and Truth to men because Jesus would be just another man.  And atonement will only work with a sinless Christ so dying for our sins would be a hoax. Although more than just a good teacher, much of what Jesus taught would be demonstrably a lie.

For me if evolution were true, Christianity would be just another man-made religion, and I want nothing to do with the religions of men. Atheism would then make most sense. If evolution was true, living for "me alone" would appear to make most sense. 

So my next question is: how can people claim to be Christians and at the same time believe in evolution?  The two beliefs are totally contrary.

Now here are more thoughts that come to mind. With evolution there is no right or wrong. Situational ethics begins to rule the day. We become the center of our own universe. Laws might make sense for the majority but why would I follow them if I perceived it did not benefit me? There are no moral values in evolution. Whatever feeds my lust and pride would become my law. When everyone grasps this idea, we will have chaos.

Millions followed EST training that taught this idea that our parents and society had lied to us from birth and that they seldom lived by the same rules they demand of us. One only needs to completely clear his mind of this false mindset and then establish a new guiding value. Whatever you decide is truth is it. You are the god of yourself. Truth is whatever you decide for it to be. This results in chaos.

Far fetched you say? Well … what do you think happens in any society in times of crisis, where the rule of law is compromised?  People running wild in the streets, rape, murder, lying, stealing, and all sorts of destruction.

And if morality is created by men ... who’s to say what is right or wrong? 

The majority of the people decide? That is silly. Without God's truth, there is no morality. Without a basis for morality ... cannibalism, child sacrifice, and sex with children are not uncommon. For there to be immorality there must be a basis for morals. The truth of God’s Word has provided this moral basis for society. History has proven that without morality any society will eventually destroy itself.

What you end up with is where a large percentage of Americans have already mentally shifted. Amorality (no morals) is what happens when the foundation of God’s Word has been removed from the training of our children. Immorality is where a person chooses to do something that they know is wrong. Amoral means they believe there no such thing as wrong or sinful behavior. We now have an entire generation that has been conditioned by this “no absolutes beyond atheistic relativism” amoral belief system. And what are the issues of the day? Abortion on demand, normalizing homosexuality, legalizing drugs, attack anything Christian, and forcing the progressive "tolerance" mindset on everyone.

One by one, basic values are attacked. The gay marriage issue is not even settled, and we already have a university professor promoting doing away with marriage altogether and singing the praises of group co-habitation. How long before parents are allowed to sell their five year old girls to old men ... as is common practice in a number of countries in the world today?  What about men marrying little boys? If there is no right or wrong, who are we to tell others what they can or cannot do? Believe it, there are many in America who would like these type of changes right now.

In California, the push is on for transgender boys and girls to go to whichever bathroom or locker room they choose. The values of you and your children are no longer relevant. Political correctness and tolerance for a few, rules the day. The majority rules, unless the majority runs contrary to the Marxist progressive mindset.

Everyone has the right to believe whatever they wish. But that does not make their beliefs valid or relevant. To challenge false beliefs is not intolerant to persons. To say Islam is a false religion is not an attack on individuals, but rather it is a challenge to a political jihadist movement that is hiding within Islam. Islam’s plans to convert or behead cannot be allowed to go unchecked.

This same "false religion" conclusion can also be reached for the atheist, socialist, evolutionist ideology that is now controlling America through the government educational system. Questioning false teaching is not being intolerant towards others. Not tolerating our challenges to the lefts unending atheistic religious dogma is intolerant. 

The neutralization of the values that America was founded upon is an attack at the heart of our civilization.

The Joe Hunt Billionaire Boys Club BBC murder trial demonstrated that when amorality and situational ethics rule the day … it is only a matter of time until unspeakable evil rules the day.

As you can see, evolution is about much more than the evolution/creation debate.

God bless you my friends, Bob

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Gospel In Genesis

When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of [a son] in his own likeness, according to his image,and named him Seth. 

Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had [other] sons and daughters. So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. Genesis 5:1-32

How many times have you thought or heard it said that these genealogies in the Bible are the most meaningless and boring passages I have ever read?

Not long ago I was talking with a Christian who told me he only reads the love teachings of Jesus in the new testament. Another Christian told me that she only reads the New Testament and disregards the Old Testament writings of the Jews because they were outdated once we received the New Testament. 

I have no idea where these Christian friends are getting these ideas but they are clearly misguided. Read this amazing teaching from Genesis that was so clearly explained to me by my good friends Paul and Sue Wise while visiting them this past week in Oklahoma. 

They are truly wise.

God Bless you my friends, Bob West

A Hidden Message: 
The Gospel in Genesis
by Chuck Missler - Koinonia House

We frequently use the familiar term, gospel, or good news. 
Where is the first place it appears in the Bible? The answer may surprise you.
An Integrated Message
The great discovery is that the Bible is a message system: it's not simply 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the Bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail.
The Jewish rabbis have a quaint way of expressing this very idea: they say that they will not understand the Scriptures until the Messiah comes. But when He comes, He will not only interpret each of the passages for us, He will interpret the very words; He will even interpret the very letters themselves; in fact, He will even interpret the spaces between the letters!
When I first heard this, I simply dismissed this as a colorful exaggeration. Until I reread Matthew 5:17-18
"Think not that I have come to destroy the Torah and the prophets; I have not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
(A jot and tittle are the Hebrew equivalent of our dotting an i and the crossing of a t.)
An Example
A remarkable example of this can be glimpsed in Genesis Chapter 5, where we have the genealogy of Adam through Noah. This is one of those chapters which we often tend to skim over quickly as we pass through Genesis it's simply a genealogy from Adam to Noah.
But God always rewards the diligent student. Let's examine this chapter more closely.
In our Bible, we read the Hebrew names. What do these names mean in English?
A Study of Original Roots
The meaning of proper names can be a difficult pursuit since a direct translation is often not readily available. Even a conventional Hebrew lexicon can prove disappointing. A study of the original roots, however, can yield some fascinating insights.
(A caveat: many study aids, such as a conventional lexicon, can prove rather superficial when dealing with proper nouns. Furthermore, views concerning the meanings of original roots are not free of controversy and variant readings.)
Let's take an example.
The Flood Judgment
Methuselah comes from muth, a root that means "death";1 and from shalach, which means to bring, or to send forth. The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".2
Methuselah's father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be brought or sent forth.
(Can you imagine raising a kid like that? Every time the boy caught a cold, the entire neighborhood must have panicked!)
And, indeed, the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.3
It is interesting that Methuselah's life, in effect, was a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood.
Therefore, it is fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, speaking of the extensiveness of God's mercy.
The Other Names
If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other names to see what may lie behind them.
Adam's name means man. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.
Adam's son was named Seth, which means appointed. Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."4
Seth's son was called Enosh, which means mortal, frail, or miserable. It is from the root anash, to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness.
It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.5
Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean sorrow, dirge, or elegy. (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids unfortunately presume that Kenan is synonymous with Cainan.)
Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, uses a pun upon the name of the Kenites when he prophesies their destruction.6
We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for their children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, and so on.
Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from Mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means the Blessed God. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God, as Dan-i-el, "God is my Judge", etc.
Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning shall come down.7
Jared's son was named Enoch, which means teaching, or commencement. He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament):
Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against."
Jude 14, 15
Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who we have already mentioned. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah.8 Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the flood came.
Enoch, of course, never died: he was translated 9 (or, if you'll excuse the expression, raptured ). That's how Methuselah can be the oldest man in the Bible, yet he died before his father!
Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, lament or lamentation. Lamech suggests despairing.
(This name is also linked to the Lamech in Cain's line who inadvertently killed his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident.10)
Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham, to bring relief or comfort, as Lamech himself explains in Genesis 5:29.
The Composite List   

The Blessed God
Shall come down
His death shall bring
The Despairing
Rest, or comfort.
That's rather remarkable:
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.
Here's the Gospel hidden within a genealogy in Genesis!
(You will never convince me that a group of Jewish rabbis conspired to hide the Christian Gospel right here in a genealogy within their venerated Torah!)
Evidence of Design
The implications of this discovery are more wide spread than is evident at first glance.
It demonstrates that in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is a love story, written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.
The Bible is an integrated message system, the product of supernatural engineering. Every number, every place name, every detail every jot and tittle is there for our learning, our discovery, and our amazement. Truly, our God is an awesome God.
It is astonishing to discover how many Biblical controversies seem to evaporate if one simply recognized the unity the integrity of these 66 books, penned by 40 authors over thousands of years.
It is remarkable how many subtle discoveries lie behind the little details of the text. Some of these become immediately obvious with a little study; some are more technical and require special helps.
Many of these discoveries are described in our Audio Book, Beyond Coincidence. Several are also highlighted in our Audio Book, The Creator Beyond Time and Space.

Look behind every detail: there's a discovery to be made! God always rewards the diligent student. What other messages lay hidden behind the names in the Bible? Check it out.

Who is Chuck Misler?
Chuck Missler was for several years the chairman and chief executive, and the largest shareholder of Western Digital. In 1983 he became the chairman and chief executive of Helionetics Inc., another technology company. After teaching for many years at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Missler moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1992 and founded Koinonia House. Through this organization, Missler distributes a monthly newsletter, Bible study tapes, and a radio show, and speaks at conferences. Missler is a prominent speaker on the subject of bible prophecy. 

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