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Octopi and God’s glory

God is so creative!  Look at the careful design He put into the octopi!  Wow!  (Do you really think nothing plus time could have resulted in this?)

HT: Denny Burk

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Yes, the same Ben Carson who recently delivered a message at the National Prayer Breakfast.  In this 10-minute interview with David Boze, he explains why he rejects Darwinian evolution.

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Jeremy Walker:

Losing Adam means losing my dignity.

Losing Adam means losing my humanity.

Losing Adam means that I have no adequate explanation for the sinfulness of my soul or my race

Losing Adam means losing hope, for my solidarity with Adam as a man condemned finds its Scriptural counterpart in my solidarity with Christ, the last Adam, as a man redeemed.. . .  Losing Adam means losing not only my present but also my future hope. If there is no earthly man whose image I have borne, what confident expectation do I have of one day bearing the image of the heavenly man?

Losing Adam means losing Christ.

Jeremy expands each of these points in “Losing Adam.”

 

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One church in England has put together a series of videos that deal with the question of faith and science.  The unique feature of this series is that they are all done by scientists. Another unique feature is that they are all short (no more than 3 minutes) and easy to understand.  There may be a few things I might say differently in a few of these videos but overall they are very helpful.  Here’s the introductory one.

To see all twelve of them go here.

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Absolutely!  As Mike Reeves argues, if the Adam of Genesis 1-3 is simply a mythological figure of sorts, then the good news of the gospel really turns bad.  You should read this well-written article which begins:

Picture the scene: George Whitefield has just been preaching. Everywhere, eyes are shining and people are talking of the wonderful grace of Christ. Thousands of hearts have been overthrown and melted; lives have been remade.

Now, if the church gives up believing in a historical Adam, we will never see such scenes again.

Too far?

A bit strong?

Not at all. For it is not just that the biblical genealogies depict Adam as a historical figure, not just that Paul can build core arguments on his belief that Adam was as real a man as Christ (Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15). Adam has a significance in the Bible that far outstrips the simple number of mentions he gets. In fact, he has a significance so great that without him we no longer have a recognisably Christian gospel.

Given space restraints, I will point out just two ways mythologizing Adam uproots the gospel.

Reeves goes on to argue that mythologizing Adam makes God look bad and it disembowels the gospel.  So click and read “Why the Good News Turns Bad Without Adam.”

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In our Sunday School class we are studying Genesis 1 and 2 and dealing with the issue of biblical creationism vs. evolution.  Some may ponder does it really matter what a Christian believes about the origins of our universe?  After all there are so many different options out there, so many different viewpoints even among Christians.  I like how Aaron Armstrong approaches the subject:

Does it matter if Christianity and evolution are compatible or not?

When people ask this question, here’s what they (usually) really mean: Can you be a Christian and believe in evolution? That’s what people really want to know.

Understandably, Christians want to avoid setting up unnecessary barriers to their friends and family hearing the gospel and potentially coming to faith—and this is a big one.

It’s a pretty audacious claim, isn’t it? (It’s also the only creation account I’ve found so far that doesn’t involve some sort of conflict.) I totally get why people don’t “get” this and don’t see it as a “must have” of the Christian faith.

So does it really matter if Christianity and evolution are compatible?

Yep.

To be clear: this is not an issue of salvation—one can believe the gospel andbe a genuine believer while embracing evolution. However, it does present numerous problems:

Keep reading for two of the problems Aaron sees we will have if we dismiss a six-day creation model.

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