Here is an article from Answers in Genesis about the Year of Darwin, written by the Answers magazine editor-in-chief.

Throughout 2009 the world will be celebrating Darwin’s birthday (February 12, 1809) and the publication of On the Origin of Species (November 24, 1859). Meanwhile, Bible-believing Christians have had 150 years to reflect on Darwin’s life and work. What have we learned?

First, it’s important to get our facts straight. Darwin was not a demon or an angel, but a human being like the rest of us, struggling with difficult personal and intellectual questions.

Second, Darwin made some valuable scientific observations and raised some good questions. Scientists are still trying to answer many of those questions today.

The January issue of Answers magazine asked leading minds in creation science to share their perspectives on both Darwin and his book, and to report on the latest efforts by creationists to provide an alternative explanation for the origin of species.

The result could be titled a “Creationist Manifesto for the Twenty-first Century,” a statement of the latest creationist thinking on the origin of species, as well as a revolutionary call for Bible-based science that can change our understanding of the world. We believe these insights should be freely available to teachers, pastors, and students on every continent, as they wrestle with the significance of Darwin’s life and works.

During the “Year of Darwin” and “Darwin Day” celebrations on February 12, our hope is that many souls will dig a little deeper and discover the true Source of Life, whose Book holds the key that unlocks the mysteries of life.

Michael Matthews
Editor-in-chief, Answers magazine

John calvin

John Calvin

This coming year, 2009, marks the anniversary of several important events, some of which are important, some of which are rather disturbing. I’ll start with the disturbing to end on a high note.

On February 12, 1809, one of the most significant figures in the history in not only the western hemisphere, but the whole world was born into the world. Charles Darwin, a graduate from Cambridge University with a doctorate in theology, was destined to be one of the most singularly influential men in modern history. As the 2009 marker comes into view, the world looks back in history to this man as brilliant and wonderful scientist (even though he never was one) who changed the face of the earth. Whether they realize it or not, Darwin was most definitely the man who did this in modern history. His book, The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, which is the full title, was published 50 years later in 1859. This book became a basis of worldview for men like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and even the Japanese during WWII. These forces were brutal and pagan men who loved the evolutionary theory, and it is men like this who put Darwin’s book to its proper use.

Chalres Darwin

Chalres Darwin

Now, for the much better news. 500 years ago next year marks the birthday of one of the most influential men in the history of Europe and America. John Calvin, one of the reformers of the 16th century, is celebrating his 500th birthday, and most people will ignore it and maybe never even know about it. Regardless of the propaganda, the advertising, and the praising of Darwin and his book by the media, the press, and organizations like the ACLU, I hope that Christians will not succumb to the lies of these organizations and will celebrate the man who desired to preserve the church and the truth of the Scriptures.

God’s Word IS Inspired!

August 14, 2008

Yesterday, as I was meandering around the forums of The Rebelution, I came across this post with this question:

Here is a question I am curious to ask. If the Bible is completely God’s word, why do most books come from letters, or other random things? For instance, 1st & 2nd Corinthians were written by Paul to the Church of Corinth. Ephesians was written to the Ephesians by Paul. Why didn’t God just command them to write those books for his Word? I hope to create a healthy discussion in this, and I’m eager again to read your comments.

My first reaction was to scream at the computer the answer to the inspiration of Scripture, but then I thought better and wrote a reply in the forums. Here is what I wrote:

First, only part of the New Testament was written in letter form. Second, the rest of it is written in historical narrative so that the people of God may know the history God gave to us.

But irregardless of the means of which the Word of God was written, the entire Word of God is inspired, or breathed out by God! It is nearly impossible to deny the inspiration and inerrency any part of it and not deny the rest of it. For example, if I tried to deny the first eleven chapters of Genesis and try to fit the evolution hypothesis into the creation account (which I do not), I wind up denying several essential doctrines including: the doctrine of man, the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the curse, the doctrine of male headship, the doctrine of the promised Messiah, etc. Also, there would be no answer for why death is in the world, where death came from, why we wear clothes, why there was a necessary sacrifice for sin, what is sin, and why does God allow it to exist.

I shall point you first to 2 Peter 1:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)

In other words, the Word of God is a collection of reliable historical documents written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events which came to pass according to specific prophecies and all of which claims to be of divine origin and not human.

Denying the Word of God is denying God Himself, for the Word is God. If we do not believe the Scriptures, our faith is in vain, according to Luke 1:1-4.

Even if you do not wish to believe the supernatural aspect of it, there is the human aspect of it, which is that the Bible contains sixty-six books which were written by over forty authors who lived on three different continents and wrote it in three different languages over a period of 1500 years, all of whom were eyewitnesses to the events reported.

How many Christians today know how to answer the question, “How do you know the Scripture is true?” What I have written in bold is the answer. And, if you want to put whipped cream on top: the Bible is the only Holy book of the religious faiths of the world that claims divine authorship.

The Christian must believe the Word of God, or he must believe the words of the world, which lead to condemnation in hell. Take your pick, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD, and we shall believe His Word.

It will not be my normal practice on Old Truth to offer commentary on films but recent comments on some of our posts here and the release of Ben Stein’s “Expelled” have prompted me to compose my thoughts on the issues raised in this film. The movie is a documentary about the blacklisting of scientists who wish to raise the topic of Intelligent Design (I.D.) in the world of academia. Read the rest of this entry »

Days: 24-hour or Age?

December 21, 2006

What does Genesis mean when it says the Lord created the earth in 6 days? Does it mean that it took God millions of years to create the earth? or does it mean that it really took Him 6 days? Which is true? This is a question many Christians in our day and age ask. Why do they ask?

First, I will show you why many people believe that God took millions of years. Primarily, they try to insert these long periods of time in Genesis 1. They claim that each ‘day’ really means ‘millions of years’. They claim that the word ‘day’ has many meanings, and that science has proven the earth to be this old. There are many faults with this idea.

The word ‘day’ found in Genesis 1 and throughout the Old Testament is the Hebrew word ‘yom’. ‘Yom’, when accompanied by an ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd…) is always a 24 hour period. When it is accompanied by morning and evenging, it is always a 24 hour period. When it is accompanied by the word night, it is always a 24 hour day. So, if this is true, let’s look at what ‘day’ is accompanied by in Genesis 1.

In Genesis 1, every single time ‘day’ is used, it is accompanied by an ordinal number, and referal to morning and evening.

  • Genesis 1:5-God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
  • Genesis 1:8-And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
  • Genesis 1:13-And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
  • Genesis 1:19-And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
  • Genesis 1:23-And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
  • Genesis 1:31-And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Do you see a recurring pattern here? In every single instance where ‘day’ is used here in Genesis 1, it has the qualifications for it to be a real 24-hour period! If it is not a 24-hour period, I don’t know what the word ‘day’ means anymore. If this truth is not accepted and proclaimed by Christians, we will have no foundation to preach the Gospel to the world with. The infallibility, the inerrency, and authority of Scripture must be believed and proclaimed.