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Time and Age

Time, as an entity, according to the Bible, had a beginning and will have an end. To amplify briefly, time does not have to begin until Gen 1:4 - 5 and it will have an end, along with the universe, according to Rev 21:1,23.

Death

Whether on physical death, one either steps back into eternity or into it for the "first time", depends on how one interprets Ps 139. At conception, is one’s spirit from eternity past given a soul and body, or is the spirit, soul and body all created, simultaneously?

Short Reviews

Can Man Live Without God?

Can Man Live Without God?

Ravi Zacharias

"Can Man Live without God" by Ravi Zacharias contains in depth discussions of origins, existence and destiny, the meaning of life and morality. He goes on to concur with the conclusion of many logical minds, i.e., that what exists in nature is the result of purposeful design. He concurs with even more of us, that the designer is the God of the Bible.
Challenge of the Fossil Record

Evolution: Challenge of the Fossil Record

Duane Gish

In "Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record", Duane Gish points out that Darwin ("The Origin of the Species") himself claimed that the fossils (then only a few existed) would confirm his theories. Today, millions have been found, but none of those have been of the missing link (inter–species) variety. Thus, converse to Darwin's hope (faith), the fossil record actually contradicts Darwin's hypothesis !
The FACE that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution

The F.A.C.E. that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution

Hank Hanegraaff

This book contains a very useful acronym, F.A.C.E.:

F = Fossil Record from which no missing link fossils have been found and thus, there is no evidence for macroevolution

A = Ape man frauds such as Lucy, Nebraska Man, and Peking Man, which ranged from wishful thinking to bad science to outright fraud

C = the Chance that atoms, even under very favorable reaction conditions, could produce even a simple protein molecule is zero. That is, various estimates of the length of time this type of reaction would take are on the order of 10260 years, which is beyond astronomical. To put this number in perspective, estimates of the number of atoms in the known universe are on the order of 1080 and ten billion years would be 1010.

E = the Entropy of the universe is increasing (the second law of thermodynamics) i.e., it is proceeding from a state of greater order to lesser order, getting cold, running down, etc.. This is the opposite of what evolution requires, that is the progression from a state of lower to greater complexity.

Hanegraaff goes on to chronicle such renowned scientists as Issac Newton, Robert Boyle, Louis Pasteur, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Johannes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Werner Von Braun, Carolus Linneaus, William Ramsay and A.E. Wilder-Smith as all being Christians and thus contrary to the proposal that Christians must have "…checked their brains in the narthex of the church"

The Genesis Flood

The Genesis Flood

John Whitcomb & Henry Morris

This book is a classic, early work in support of the Creation model of origins. Four points of interest are recounted here:
  1. The uniformitarian hypothesis, particularly as it relates to radioisotopic dating methods, can be neither proved nor disproved by science.
  2. On the fossil record, they point out that fossil formation requires catastrophic events such as occurred in the hydrodynamics associated with the great flood described in Gen 6-9, i.e., high pressure over short time periods. (A contrary example would be the death of your pet cat buried in the back yard. Years later, that place may be better fertilized, but it will not contain a cat fossil.)
  3. The geological clock "can't tell time" (it's broken). Specifically, the fossils found in sedimentary layers in one region of the earth have been used to sequence the relative, evolutionary appearance of various species. Prehistoric time frames are assigned to these groupings by both circular reasoning and radiometric methods . Unfortunately, in another region of the earth, the sequence is not the same – inconsistent with the concept of a geological clock, but very consistent with the turbulence and chaos of the great flood, followed by the recession of those floodwaters !
  4. Finally, one of the criticisms of the preservation of land animals on the ark, during the great flood, was the size of the largest reptiles, i.e., the large dinosaurs. The argument is the observation that the size of reptiles is directly proportional to their age. Thus, younger pairs of the larger, reptilian species would have readily fit on the ark.

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