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The Bible indicates very clearly there are more aspects to life than naturalistic science can discover. These aspects are revealed by the Creator—the real God of the universe—and are not discoverable in a laboratory by the scientific method! Creation, in all of its aspects, requires a creator.
The origin of life presents another challenge to those who want to reject the idea of a supernatural God. Evolutionists have suggested that life formed spontaneously in a pool of chemicals as the earth cooled billions of years ago. We are told that carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and ammonia combined randomly, with the aid of solar energy and cosmic rays, to form amino acids and DNA molecules. Over eons of time, cells supposedly developed from these accidental combinations. While this may sound plausible, biochemists know better.
Scientists who have tried to produce life by these methods have learned that it is much more difficult than their theories would suggest. A DNA molecule contains as much information as a volume of an encyclopedia. Proposing this evolutionary theory of life's origins is analogous to suggesting that an explosion in a junk yard could produce a fully assembled automobile—and that this automobile could then begin reproducing itself! In the s, Stanley Miller performed a simple experiment to see if these theories would actually work. He succeeded in producing some simple amino acids, and his experiment was hailed as proving that life could be generated spontaneously from non-living matter.
However, the proclamations were premature. No one has yet produced life from a pool of chemicals pre-biotic soups —in spite of a lot of tinkering. Astrophysicist Hugh Ross comments: One problem is that they produce only a random distribution of left- and right-handed pre-biotic molecules… Life chemistry demands that all the molecules be either right- or left-handed.
With all our learning and technology we cannot even come close to bringing life together in the lab" The Creator and the Cosmos, Ross, , p. Forty years after his initial experiment, Miller stated: German biochemist Klaus Dose has observed that all the experimental efforts have "led to a better perception of the problem of the origin of life on earth rather than to its solution. At present all discussions on principal theories and experiments in the field either end in stalemate or in a confession of ignorance" The Creation Hypothesis, Moreland, , p.
This is not surprising. Anaxamander of Miletus, the ancient Greek philosopher, also speculated that life could develop spontaneously from non-living matter. This superstitious idea prevailed until the s when experiments done by Redi and Pasteur proved otherwise. These now-classic experiments revealed that maggots appearing in spoiled meat came not from the meat but from the eggs of flies that came in contact with the meat. Life came from life—not from non-life.
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Until recent decades, this was referred to as the law of biogenesis. Only in the last several decades—when scientists have attempted to generate life spontaneously to verify evolutionary theories—has this once-accepted law been ignored. Still, there is no evidence that exceptions to this law exist. Human beings can speculate that life could be generated spontaneously from non-living matter, but the facts do not agree with these speculations.
Man has not been able to produce life—in spite of considerable effort on the part of highly intelligent individuals. Scripture portrays God as creating life. Life demands a life-giver. There appears to be no other way. Science exists because scientists understand that the universe operates in an orderly manner according to laws—the laws of physics of gravity and of motion , the laws of chemistry and laws of biology.
As one writer comments: Even evolutionists begin their speculations assuming that the rules, or natural laws, worked the same in the beginning as they do today. If the universe did not operate on these rules, or laws, it would cease to function and would come apart in chaos. Notice several examples of how these laws work. Gravity holds the planets in their orbits. Without gravitational forces there would be no solar systems.
Stars and planets would be hurtling through space in a helter-skelter manner. Gravitational forces hold the earth at a distance from the sun that makes it possible for life to exist on this planet. If gravitational forces were either stronger or weaker than they are, stars such as our sun would not burn hot enough, or would burn out too rapidly and certain chemical elements essential for life would simply not be produced. Our bodies exist because chemicals combine in only certain ways. If chemical reactions did not occur the same way every time according to laws , we would cease to exist as living, breathing human beings.
Life would cease to exist. For years, biology textbooks have referred to another law known as fixity of the species—that there seems to be a genetic limit to the amount of variation that can occur within a species. Plant and animal breeders are aware of these limits. Charles Darwin was aware of the variety that could be produced by breeding domestic animals such as dogs, pigeons, cows and horses.
During his cruise on the Beagle , he also observed striking variations among finches and turtles on islands in the Pacific Ocean. In formulating his theory of evolution, he speculated that, given enough time, these small variations could eventually produce totally new species—that natural forces alone could produce new life forms without the need for a creator.
These ideas had a profound effect on the Western world—especially on its religion—and seriously undermined belief in God. However, time has exposed serious problems with Darwin's ideas. No one has ever observed a new species coming into existence in nature in this way. In spite of many attempts, neither has anyone been able to produce new species by selective breeding. Dogs may vary in size, color and many other characteristics, but they are still dogs.
Horses are still horses. Fruit flies are still fruit flies. The Bible clearly states many times that God created each type of plant and animal "according to its kind" Genesis 1: There is no evidence from the biological world that one species can turn into another. The Bible also indicates that God created human beings after the "God kind"—which, as we will see, has profound implications for the purpose of human life.
Even the fossil record supports this fundamental biblical principle. Darwin speculated that intermediate forms of life must have existed as species evolved, yet he knew this was not the actual case. He wrote in The Origin of Species: Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain, and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection that can be urged against my theory" see Geisler and Brooks, p. Darwin assumed these intermediate links would be found, but a hundred years after his book was published they are still missing!
This absence of transitional forms has been called "the trade secret" of paleontology. When species appear in the geologic record they appear fully formed. This makes sense if they were created. The evidence of the fossil record lends further support to the biblical concept of the fixity of species and a real God that operates according to laws and rules. The fundamental question is: Where did they come from?
Who set them in motion? How are they sustained? Evolutionists do not know. Natural scientists do not have a clue. Physicist Stephen Hawking, a scientist attempting to answer questions about the universe without the aid of Scripture, has acknowledged "the laws [of physics] may have originally been decreed by God" Ross, p. This is interesting because the Bible refers to the real God repeatedly as the "Lawgiver" Isaiah As the Creator, God designed and set in motion the laws and forces that hold the universe together Job We are also told in Scripture that God is "upholding all things [the universe] by the word of His power" Hebrews 1: On the subject of law, the Bible reveals a dimension beyond the physical.
While God is described as a law-giver in the physical sense, Scripture contains spiritual laws that God designed to govern human conduct. The Ten Commandments form the basis of the spiritual law of God. We are told plainly that if we obey those laws we will be blessed and if we disobey those laws we will reap negative consequences Leviticus 26; Deuteronomy Solomon wrote in Proverbs that life will be difficult for a person who transgresses the laws of God Proverbs Why would this be so, unless there is a real God who designed and sustains those laws?
Evolutionary theory has no answer for this. One of the reasons people want to do away with the concept of God is that without God there are no laws of conduct and any type of behavior becomes permissible. We are living with the consequences of that philosophy today—and it is destroying our society!
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The existence of laws requires a law-giver. For those laws to continue to operate, a sustainer is necessary. This is how the real God operates. One of the most powerful proofs of God's existence, and one of the most revealing aspects of the true God, is the wondrous evidence of design found throughout the universe—from the smallest atom to the cosmos.
It is on the issue of design that naturalistic evolutionary theories have run aground. It is in the area of design that surprising discoveries have been made in recent years that are compelling even skeptical scientists to consider the reality of God. David, referring to the human body stated: Abraham Lincoln once observed: The profound truth in these statements has begun to register in the scientific community, as a result of surprising recent discoveries in fields as diverse as molecular biology and cosmology.
Darwin acknowledged that "complex organs such as the eye would be difficult to explain in terms of the gradual stepwise process outlined by his theory," but he did not realize how complicated the molecular biology of vision would turn out to be Christian Century , July 15—22, , pp. Biochemist Michael Behe writes in Darwin's Black Box that evolutionists' inability to explain the development of such complicated structures and processes is "a very strong indication that Darwinism is an inadequate framework for understanding the origin of complex biochemical systems" ibid.
Discoveries about the universe have been just as profound. As man's knowledge has grown, so has the evidence that the universe could not have come about by chance. Physicists have found signs that the cosmos is custom made for life and consciousness. It turns out that if the constants of nature—unchanging numbers like the strength of gravity, the charge of the electron and the mass of a proton—were the tiniest bit different, then atoms would not hold together, stars would not burn and life would never have made an appearance" Newsweek, July 20, , p.
Physicist John Polkinghorne, who became an Anglican priest, wrote: Astrophysicist Hugh Ross discusses 33 of these finely tuned conditions that make life possible on this earth see The Creator and the Cosmos, Ross, , pp. This principle, suggested in the s by physicist Brandon Carter, states that for life to exist on earth, all the conditions had to be "pre-planned" from the very beginning of the cosmos. The Evidence, Glynn, , pp. But what appears to drive cosmologists nearly to distraction is the anthropic principle"—that the earth and the universe was created for mankind ibid.
That is an astounding observation for a scholar to make today! While a universe pre-planned for mankind may be shocking for atheists and evolutionists to consider, this is exactly what the Bible clearly states. Scripture reveals that God created human beings for a purpose. This means we will share, by inheritance, what Jesus Christ has—that is, eternal life 1 Corinthians The Bible reveals that human beings were created for the ultimate purpose of becoming part of the family of God 1 John 3: This is the purpose of human life, yet this exciting information has been perverted and suppressed over the centuries!
This is not even understood today by most theologians.
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Compare this astounding future, as outlined in the Bible, with the common idea that either we go to heaven and sit on clouds and play harps, or else we burn forever in hell fire. Compare the future revealed by the true God, to zoologist Richard Dawkins' ideas that, "the universe we observe has… no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but pointless indifference… we are machines for propagating DNA… It is every living object's sole reason for living" Science, August 15, , p.
Is it any wonder that people today see no real purpose in life, or have no hope or excitement about the future? Science, philosophy and theology have failed to grasp the real meaning of life! The Bible clearly states that mankind has been deceived by a very clever deceiver Revelation Evolutionary theories that undermine faith in a real God, and the misguided reasoning of theologians, have also played their part in this deception. So have human beings, who simply do not want to consider that God exists, because of the restraints on behavior this would entail.
However, the real God who designed this universe also has a design and a purpose for mankind. Scientists are discovering astounding evidence of intelligent design in the cosmos. Scripture reveals God's amazing, ultimate purpose for mankind. Intelligent and purposeful design—both physical and spiritual—requires a supernatural Designer—a real God!
Some of the most compelling evidence for an all-powerful, supernatural God comes from the disciplines of history and prophecy. The astounding accuracy of Bible prophecy is a constant challenge to skeptics. Yet it is amazing to realize how many people, including secular scholars, are simply unaware of how Bible prophecy is so remarkably confirmed by known history. Even more amazing is that prophecy is seldom mentioned today by the clergy—yet fulfilled prophecy absolutely proves that there is a real , all-powerful God.
Isaac Newton, one of the most brilliant minds in Western civilization, was fascinated by Bible prophecy Science, August 15, , p. The real God of Scripture literally defies others to predict the future accurately and bring it to pass. The prophet Isaiah quotes God as saying: Those who study forecasting understand the folly of trying to predict future events in detail—especially in the volatile fields of political science and sociology—yet Scripture does this repeatedly with striking accuracy!
Nearly 30 percent of the Bible is devoted to prophecy, yet this subject is rarely the topic of Sunday morning sermons in most churches.
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It is no wonder the powerful God of the Bible does not seem real today. A striking example of fulfilled prophecy is found in the book of Ezekiel, which dates from about bc. Ezekiel records very different futures for two major Phoenician cities, Tyre and Sidon. Sidon is promised to have a bloody history but to continue to exist Ezekiel By contrast, Ezekiel very specifically prophesied that many nations would come against Tyre like waves of the sea Tyre would be scraped bare like the top of a rock v.
This mighty city, the center of a great trading empire, would become an insignificant place where fishermen would spread their nets v. A real God predicted the future in detail, and brought it to pass see Isaiah Another series of remarkable prophecies concerns specific promises about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. These prophecies were recorded many centuries before Christ was born. The first two chapters of Matthew quote prophecies that Jesus was to be born of a virgin Isaiah 7: He would have to flee to Egypt Hosea Before His death, he would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey Zechariah 9: In death, His hands and feet would be pierced Psalm David prophesied that Christ would be resurrected see Psalm Here again, the real God of the Bible predicted specific future events and brought them to pass—to the letter!
Fulfilled prophecies, however, are not just limited to ancient history and long-vanished empires. Additional prophecies are being fulfilled today, as you read this booklet! The key to understanding prophecies that apply to our time is the identity of the modern Israelite nations. The God of the Bible promised Abraham that his descendants would become great and be a blessing to the peoples of the earth Genesis God foretold that they would eventually come to possess the gates of their enemies Genesis The modern Israelite nations are descendants of Jacob, Abraham's grandson, whose name was changed by God to Israel Genesis Jacob had 12 sons including Judah—the father of the Jews.
However, two of Jacob's grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were prophesied to become the primary inheritors of the birthright promises originally made to Abraham. Manasseh was to become a great nation, but Ephraim was to become a great company of nations Genesis The blessings promised to Manasseh and Ephraim have been inherited by the United States and the nations that made up the British Commonwealth.
This amazing story and the sobering future that is prophesied for these birthright nations is described in our booklet, available free upon request, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. The record of history, as well as of world events today, confirms the incredibly accurate prophecies recorded in the Word of God. The Bible is inspired by an all-powerful, supernatural God. Its prophecies are not merely the product of mortal men trying to formulate a philosophy or religion. Scripture's fulfilled prophetic promises demand an explanation—they cannot simply be ignored or explained away!
The God who inspired those prophecies and brought them to pass has to be real! Another dramatic proof of God is that He fulfills His promises of answered prayer. For those who do not believe in God and have never prayed, this is merely a matter of doubt and skepticism. However, for individuals who believe in God and who do pray—which includes up to 90 percent of Americans—answered prayer is one of the most powerful personal proofs that God exists. To those who know their prayers have been answered, the doubts of skeptics are of little significance.
It is from the Bible, not naturalistic science, that we learn about prayer. Scripture abounds with examples of answered prayers. Solomon's request for wisdom was granted with even additional blessings 1 Kings 3: We are told that "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain" James 5: The New Testament records many examples of dramatic answers to prayers. Jesus had been praying during the hours before He came—walking on the water—to the disciples Matthew Lazarus was resurrected from the dead as the result of Jesus' prayer to God John When the members of the fledgling New Testament Church prayed for boldness to preach the gospel, God acknowledged their request by shaking the building in which they were meeting Acts 4: The Bible also teaches us how to pray.
Just as a child must learn how to talk, we must learn how to pray. Jesus was asked by His disciples, "Lord, teach us to pray" Luke Jesus gave us a model to follow Matthew 6: We can see from this example that prayer is an earnest conversation with God about our needs and concerns—not just repeating some words and phrases over and over v. We are told that God hears the prayers of the righteous—individuals attempting to obey Him 1 Peter 3: The Bible reveals that the prayers of the saints are pleasing to God—like sweet-smelling incense Revelation 5: Jesus encouraged His followers to "ask, and it will be given unto you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened unto you" Matthew 7: One challenge in learning to pray is learning to ask in accord with God's will 1 John 5: To understand God's will, we must study Scripture—God's instruction manual.
Through prayer, we can talk to God about all our concerns. If you have sensed a void in your life, if you feel cut off and alone, why not talk to God about it in prayer? If you can see the lack of meaning and purpose in our secular, materialistic world, why not get down on your knees in a private place and talk with your Father?
If you have sensed the emptiness and irrelevance of organized religion, just share your feelings with your Creator, the real God of the universe! Ask Him to help you come to understand the Bible and the true meaning of life. Ask Him to guide you to where He is working through His Church. Ask Him to help you learn how to live life according to His instructions, so you can receive the rewards that are His to give. Follow the instructions of Jesus Christ that you read in Matthew 6: You can experience the proof of answered prayer for yourself when you begin to ask according to God's instructions.
God does not change Malachi 3: He has answered prayers in the past. He answers prayer today. He will answer prayers in the future. The Bible clearly states, "the eyes of God run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" 2 Chronicles Answered prayer is a powerful and personal proof that God is real!
The final proof that a real God exists and His Word is true is a sobering one. This proof may be more meaningful to individuals who have lived life and made a few mistakes. However, this can also be an important proof to anyone, young or old, who has "eyes to see and ears to hear"—who can learn by seeing what happens to others. This proof involves comparing the results of two contrasting ways of life.
The message that permeates our modern society is that whatever works is right for you—that there is no such thing as absolute right and wrong. The message God has recorded in the Bible is very different. Scripture shows that there is God's way of life, and there is the world's way, where we just do our own thing. And, as the old saying goes: Scripture clearly outlines these two contrasting approaches to life. Moses explained God's instructions to the ancient Israelites: Today, this is still one of the major challenges of life.
As human beings with free moral agency, we have the freedom to choose to obey God and experience His blessings, or to ignore and live contrary to His instructions by following our own reasoning and reap the consequences Deuteronomy 28; Leviticus Solomon recorded similar advice: Jesus described these same choices—a narrow, challenging way that leads to life, and a wide easy way that most people choose that leads to destruction Matthew 7: The sad story of human history is that most people "go with the flow"—we do what seems right in our own minds.
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Instead of seeking to learn from our Creator how to live life according to His instructions, we seem to prefer doing things our own way. The result of this approach to life is sometimes called the "school of hard knocks. Look into the Word of your Creator, and begin to do things His way for a change. Let the "proof of the pudding be in the eating.
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Let us look briefly at the way of life that God recommends in Scripture, so that you can put His way to the test. God intended the Israelites to be an example to the whole world as they learned to live according to His divine instructions Deuteronomy 4: So, why I still facing these all troubles? Or you followed your ego? God already gave signs if you follow Him wholeheartedly and without ending , so you to avoid trouble or threat, and not to follow your short-minded. Why you prefer follow your ego, and then meet trouble, and fight, and blaming God???
Are your mind ok? Is there explanation for it? It maybe because his ancestors sins, so the next generation got the consequences.
Or other answer, maybe this family was not follow Jesus whole-heartedly, so the devil had chance to destroy them. But why you keep blaming God? So becareful on what you sow and your daily life. And then, what about that girl. But its not impossible! If the girl let Jesus entering her heart, her life will be changed, bright future and eternal peace already belonged to her. All answers are in bible! Seek Jesus and He revealing all the secrets in bible. Why people tried to turn the bible facts?
Because they werent came to Lord with humble heart, so they misunderstood The Word, then try to change the bible with their mind! Their minds and hearts blinded and couldnt understood bible, because they tried interpreting bible with logic, not by Holy Spirit! The bible has a lot of secrets.
And it has already translated so its looks like has contrary meanings. But sometimes its good, it could enrich your knowledge for bible teachings. If you study the whole bible, you will enjoy because you will find the what behind the secrets and undeniable truth. I born as christian, but i know Jesus by study and experiences, not because followed my parents religion. Already 29 years in this earth, and learned bible since below teen.
I know the difference between christian with others. And i know what is mean christian. I could confess, The Bible is truth, but the problem is to do what was written inside. Thats why we need much praying. Because we are from flesh, but the Words is life-giving spirit. I know some people will try to deny my statements.
I faced this many times. The answer is because their fearful and worry. In christianity, there is no fear. If you scared to live, you are guilty and have done sin. Apostle Paul said, life means to be fruitful, and death is profit. Why we can say like him? Because if we really lived in Jesus, we dont have to fear facing all trouble, because we knew, if we are going to death, we will meet Jesus surely.
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