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Skipping the reunion

Posted by Gary on May 19, 2010

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Genesis 1:20-28 “Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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Sexual reassignment or How I became the first Martian

Posted by Gary on June 11, 2009

Isaiah 45:9 "Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker– An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands ‘?”

MSNBC reports today that Chastity Bono (daughter of Sonny and Cher) is “undergoing the process to go to female to male”. This “process” has a very interesting and revealing word attached to it, “reassignment”.

Now let’s ponder things just a bit. For someone to be reassigned, they must first had to have an initial assignment. Where does the first assignment of one’s sexuality come from? Well, isn’t it from God? None of us chooses our gender, nor did our parents. Being born male or female is a decision of the Lord God.

Did God make a mistake when He assigned us our gender? If it would have been better for us to be the other gender wouldn’t God have done that from the very beginning? Is not a person’s intentional reassigning of their gender a statement that God did not know what He was doing when He gave the first assignment?

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not picking on Chastity, she is to be pitied and prayed for. But know this with a certainty, this increasingly common practice of changing gender (which I hate to tell some of us, does not change anything no matter what surgeons and legal documents seem to accomplish) is nothing more than an act of raw rebellion against the Lord God.

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Your splendor above the heavens

Posted by Gary on May 29, 2008

Psalm 8:1  “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”

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I came across the web site for the Hubble Space Telescope today and it is worth a visit. Take a few minutes to ponder the wonder of what God has made.

As you look at these pictures and the many others that are available just remember, there is no Creator or intelligence behind these wonders. This was all random chance happening apparently from an explosion that included hydrogen the existence of which we cannot account for, somehow it was just there. Sounds like faith doesn’t it?

Oooing for who?

Posted by Gary on January 11, 2008

Watch this to see some amazing footage of underwater sea life. This brief talk was given in March 2007 in Monterey, California. When you come to the end you will see footage of an octopus that completely changes its color to blend in with some coral. Listen to the crowd carefully when the speaker replays the scene in reverse. What happens is always what happens when man sees God’s wonder, he has his breath taken away. The tragic thing is that the One who made all these creatures was never referred to.

Some might immediately respond that this was not a religious event but here is the tragedy, man has fallen to the place where he can consider his own existence and the existence of the universe in a secular fashion. Sin has done something immeasurably horrible to us, it has led us to the arrogant place of insisting that creation can be considered apart from the Creator. The end scene of this video is revealing, a few men stand to their feet in ovation, seeing the greatness of God leads man to give praise, he must, but to whom will he offer it?

Low or high?

Posted by Gary on February 3, 2007

Evolution and Christianity are diametrically opposed to each other (no new revelation here right?). At the heart of the issue is each position’s view of man. Evolution argues that man began as something very low and that he is continually elevating in his complexity and progress. According to evolution man began as a single cell which progressively advanced in the primordial soup. Eventually, became a fish then developed further so that he could eventually crawl out of the soup, then became upright and here he is today, far more advanced, much higher in form than he was at first.

The message of the Bible and Christianity is the express opposite of evolution’s attempt to explain man’s beginning and current status. According to the Bible, man did not begin as something low, he began as something very high:

Genesis 1:25-27God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Notice that the Bible tells us that Adam was made after God had created beasts and animals. Adam is something higher than animal. Before God creates Adam there is conversation within the Trinity: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image…'” Adam’s beginning could not have been more elevated, he was created in the image of God himself. Adam was righteous, Adam was good, Adam was extremely intelligent, so much so that God entrusts Him with the responsibility of naming all the animals God made (Genesis 2:19).

Man’s story according to the Bible is not one of evolution but one of fall. Man did not begin as something low only to ascend the heights of developement and achievement, he began gloriously high and fell from his position of elevation. Far from advancing in knowledge man’s mind is now darkened (Ephesians 4:18). In the fall, man also lost the freedom God created him with, man is now the slave of sin (John 8:34). How else do we explain highly educated people unable to free themselves from things like drunkenness, drugs and pornography? How do we explain as happened recently an Ivy League professor brutally murdering his wife?

Where you stand in this debate is extremely vital. If you believe you started off as something low you will have plenty of reason to pat yourself on the back for your current status, you have an education, have medicines to heal your illnesses and even indoor plumbing, you have come a long way. But if the Bible is true, than any outward advancements cannot hide the inward reality of the darkness within you. Why do you lie? Why do you gossip? Why are you selfish? Why do you lust? Why do reject God and His claim of authority over you life?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones put it well when he said that according to evolution, man only needs a little more time to shake off the remaining animal within him. According to the Bible, man doesn’t need more time, he needs redemption, he needs to be forgiven for his rebellion, he needs to be freed from the sin he is now the slave of. He needs Jesus Christ.

What do you believe? Do you believe you were once low and are moving upward? Or will you accept what the Bible says about you? Will you acknowledge that you (in your first parents Adam and Eve) were once something glorious and high and that you have fallen? Will you acknowledge that you are not an animal but a being made in the image of God with a soul that will one day stand before God? Will you acknowledge your need of Jesus Christ?

The danger of religion apart from Scripture

Posted by Gary on November 18, 2005

The Vatican’s chief astronomer has weighed in on the Intelligent Design debate. Rev. George Coyne, the Jesuit Director of the Vatican Observatory insists that teaching Intelligent Design is "wrong" and "akin to mixing apples and oranges".

The following excerpt from the AP article makes the previous comments pale in comparison:

"If they respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the universe as a watch that ticks along regularly.

Rather, he argued, God should be seen more as an encouraging parent.

"God in his infinite freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity," he wrote. "He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates, loves."

These quotes were taken from an article in the British Catholic magazine, The Tablet from last June. In the same article Coyne affirmed God’s role in creation but said …"science explains the history of the universe".

Move away from the "notion" of a designer God? He is not continually intervening? This is heresy and blasphemy. I am tired of reading quotes from men who have collars and seminary degrees who hold themselves forth as shepherds of Christ yet deny His Word. This is Godlessness pure and simple.

What Scripture would the Rev. Coyne point me to to change my understanding of God being a designer and a God who intervenes? For me to arrive at such conclusions I would have to believe that Scripture is lying to me when I read it. Scripture declares from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22 that God is the designer of creation and that He does intervene in creation’s events often (praise His holy name that He does). Here again human intellect and philosophy are preferred above the Word of God and encouraged so by a "so called" shepherd.

Job 38:1-4 "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 "Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3 "Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?"