1 Peter 3:15 – Are You Ready to Answer Evolutionists?

1 Peter 3:15 Always Be Ready to AnswerThe apostle Peter told us to always be ready to answer anyone who asks us the reason for our Christian hope (1 Pet 3:15).

These days, that often means being ready to answer Evolutionists as to the reason for our belief in Biblical Creation.

Today, I saw a snarky meme by Chuck Easttom that Wilbert Lek posted on the “”Quotes” Against Evolution” Facebook group page:

Atheistic Rant Against Young Earth Creationism

This got me wondering how many Bible believing Christians would be ready to answer this criticism.  Far too often it seems that Christians are willing to compromise their Biblical beliefs rather than trust God’s Word and answer their critics.

So in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15, here is my answer to these critics of young earth creationism, Wilbert and Chuck:

1. Just because a majority of people believe something, does not make it true.  When most people thought the world was flat, the prophet Isaiah described the earth as being circular (Isa 40:22) and Job said God “hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).  Aristotle taught that the rate at which objects fell was related to their mass, and most people agreed with him, until Isaac Newton published his laws of motion and universal gravitation.  Most people used to believe in spontaneous generation until Louis Pasteur proved otherwise with his famous experiments in 1862.

2. The source of the statistics is not given, so there is no way to verify their reliability or accuracy.  None of these statements is backed up by proof.

3. Scientists who admit to believing in creation are often subject to ridicule, public censor, discrimination, and even job loss.  There may be many scientists  who believe in creation, but are unwilling to admit it out of fear.  This would render the statistics inaccurate.

4. The teaching of creation or intelligent design as an alternative explanation for the origin of the universe and life has been banned from public education classrooms for decades.  Evolution has been presented as a proven fact.  Students are not given both theories and the evidence, and taught to discriminate.  As a result, several generations have been brainwashed from childhood to believe in evolution.  This one sided indoctrination into evolution could explain why most scientists believe it.  That does not make it true.

5. Evolution is not science.  Genuine science involves observing things in the present, making theories of how things work, testing those theories, and having other people repeat those tests to verify the results.  The origin of the universe and life happened in the past.  It cannot be observed today; nor can it be tested or repeated.

6. “Matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed,” there is therefore no natural explanation for how the matter and energy of the universe could come into being that obeys the physical laws of the universe that can be observed in the present.  Even if a “Big Bang” happened, it still would have been a miracle that violated the laws of nature as we know them today.

7. Evolutionists have no credible theory of how life could could form from inanimate matter.  Even the “simplest” cell is extraordinarily complex.  Multiple working proteins performing cellular work (including making proteins and copying DNA), an energy source, a way to reproduce, and DNA to code for it all would all have to be present and working at the same time.  This irreducible complexity could not happen by chance.  And nothing has ever been observed that indicates that it could happen.  Belief that this could happen is not science; it is a religious faith.

8. Evolutionists have no credible theory for how stars could form following observable natural processes.  They claim that gas clouds collapse into stars through gravitational force, but gases naturally expand.  The repulsive force of gas molecules would prevent enough mass from getting close enough together for the force of gravity to exceed the gas expansion force by natural means.

9. Evolutionists believe that all life evolved upward from a common ancestor through mutations and natural selection despite the fact that the vast majority of mutations are harmful and no transitional forms have been found in the fossil record to corroborate their belief.  This is not science; it is a religious faith.

10. Israel had its share of shepherds, but most of the authors of the Bible were not uneducated.  Moses, the human author of Genesis and the other 4 books of the Pentateuch was raised as the son of an Egyptian Pharoah’s daughter for 40-years.  He would have received the best education available at that time.  But people did not write the Bible on their own.  The God who created the universe and all life wrote the Bible using Godly men.  “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21).  So no, uneducated goat herders did not get it exactly right.  The God who created everything got it exactly right and recorded it in His Word, the Bible.

11. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom 3:3-4a).

12. “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men” (1 Cor. 1:24).

It is my hope and prayer that this will help Christians prepare to answer Evolutionists who ask the reason for the hope within them.  How about you?

Are you ready to give an answer for the reason of the hope within you?

How Fruitful is Your Soul Garden?

Parable - Mark 4:26-29

The Seed and the Soil

The Parable of Mark 4:26-29

 

“And He (Jesus) said, ‘So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.’

In this parable, Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is like someone scattering seed on the ground.  As time passes, the seed sprouts and grows.  Life comes from the seed.  The nutrients needed to sustain that life comes from the soil.  The plant grows and produces fruit through the combination of good seed planted on good soil.

In this illustration of the Kingdom of God, the only part we as sowers play is to scatter the seed of God’s WordThe life giving power is in the seed (the Word of God) itself.   But as Jesus taught in the 4-soils parable (Mt. 13:3-23; Mk. 4:3-20; Lk. 8:5-15), the condition of the soil is critical in determining whether the seed will take root, grow, and bear fruit.

The life giving power is in the seed (the Word of God) itself.

If the soil is too hard, dry, or shallow, the seed cannot take root and grow.  Seed scattered in weedy soil may take root, but it will not be healthy and produce fruit.  Only properly prepared soil is productive.

There is no point in scattering more and more seed on the same unprepared ground.  A good gardener first prepares the soil by tilling it, fertilizing it, and watering it, etc.

Just as a good shepherd loves the sheep and gives his life for them (Jn. 10:11), a good gardener loves their garden.  The good gardener loves their garden enough to sacrifice for the plants.  They will invest time, money, and effort into their garden, doing all they can to encourage their seeds to sprout and grow, and their plants to thrive and be fruitful.

Do You Have a Soul Garden?

Those truly interested in winning souls to God must do more than just scatter seed.  They must love the lost (despite their sin).  One problem in our modern age is that the lost seem to think that conservative Christians hate them (rather than just their sin).  We must be careful how we present our message and live our lives, so they will understand that we love them while not condoning their sin.

Good gardeners who seek to harvest souls must love the lost, and be a good friend, family member, coworker and neighbor.  They must be willing to befriend the lost by helping them, praying for them, and empathizing with them.  As Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know (or what you say) until they know how much you care.”

“People don’t care how much you know (or what you say) until they know how much you care.”

At the same time, we need to maintain a good, uncompromising Christian testimony.  We are called to be salt (Mt. 5:13a).  As salt, we must remain pure and holy or we are good for nothing (Mt. 5:13b).  We need to live in such a way that the lost see our good works, which will bring glory to our Father in heaven (Mt.5:16).

In other words, we must be Christ-like in all our ways.  Jesus was criticized by the religious leaders of His day for fellowshipping and spending time with the lost.  When questioned why He ate and drank with sinners, Jesus said that it is the sick, not the healthy, that need a physician.  He came to call sinners to repentance (Mt. 9:10-13; Mk. 2:15-17; Lk 5:29-32).  Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost (Lk. 19:10).

Jesus spent time with the lost.  He healed them, fed them, and taught them the true meaning of God’s Word.  He forgave sins, but never overlooked or condoned sin.  Nor did He ever sin Himself.

Jesus called sinners to repentance and faith in God.  He told them to “Go and sin NO more

Jesus did not try to make people feel good about their sin.  Jesus called sinners to repentance and faith in God.  He told them to “Go and sin NO more” (Jn. 5:14; 8:11).

“Friendship Evangelism” tends to miss the mark by focusing exclusively on the friendship and love aspects of soil preparation.  But preparing the soil is not enough.  People need to hear the gospel, because faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Unless the proper seed is sown, well prepared soil will just grow healthy weeds.  If we are not careful, Satan will plant tares in the soil we prepare (Mt. 13:24-30; 36-43) producing counterfeit Christians or cults.  So by all means, preach the Word (Rom. 10:8-10; 2 Tim. 4:2).

Unless the proper seed is sown, well prepared soil will just grow healthy weeds. 

We are called to be “the light of the world” (Mt. 5:14-15).  Jesus calls us to let our light so shine that people will see our good works, and glorify our Father in heaven (Mt. 5:16).  We should be Bible epistles, “known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2).

So as we go about our lives, we should freely scatter gospel seeds.  Everyone needs the gospel and we never know whose heart is already ready to receive God’s lifesaving message.

In addition to freely broadcasting the Word of God everywhere we go, all Christians should maintain their own personal soul garden.  Your soul garden is made up of friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers and others with whom you regularly come into contact.  We need to love, care, and be friendly to them to prepare their hearts to receive the gospel.

In addition to freely broadcasting the Word of God everywhere we go, all Christians should maintain their own personal soul garden. 

To maximize our fruitfulness as soul farmers, we need to both prepare the soil and plant the seed.  So keep on scattering the seed, and remember to prepare the soil by loving the lost.  Keep on preparing hearts to receive the gospel by befriending them, and remember to plant the seed of God’s Word.

Harvest the Crop

One final point should be made.  Jesus ended this parable saying, “But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come” (Mk. 4:29).

Many a sale has been lost because the salesman never asked the prospective customer to make the purchase.  Don’t be afraid.  Ask for the sale!

Many a fish has been lost because the fisherman failed to set the hook.  Set the hook and start reeling!

When a soul, whose heart you have been preparing, is ready to bear fruit, plant the seed!  Share the gospel with them.  Invite them into the Kingdom of God.

Ask them to make the decision to trust Jesus Christ as their personal savior!

The Contamination Triangle

Contamination Triangle MemeOn Friday, April 8th, 2016, my first technical article was published in a peer-reviewed Biotech industry journal.  I thought some of you might be interested in getting a glimpse into my Biotech Process Engineering professional life.  If so, you may read my “Contamination Triangle” article in the spring edition of BioProcessing Journal – Volume 15, Issue 1.

On a computer, this link should take you directly to the correct page.  On a mobile device, you may need to navigate to page 49 or 51.

I have also written a 3,500 word article that draws parallels between microbial contamination in a bioreactor and sin in a Christian believer.  The spiritual application of the Contamination Triangle can help in your battle against sin.  The Sin Triangle article is located on this website if you would like to read it.

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