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Smokey Barn News Sunday December 15, 2014 Robertson County, Tenn.
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Are You A Monkey’s Uncle? Vs. The Creation Miracles of Jesus Christ
It seems today that many Christians are an evolutionist of one stripe or another. They may be theistic and believe that God used evolution as a mechanism to create over billions of years. Some are deistic and they believe God created everything by direct creation, but then walked away and has not been seen or heard from since. It is like the clockmaker who built a clock and wound it tightly and walked away, now that clock is winding down. Still others would claim the title of mechanistic evolutionist or may even adhere to punctuated equilibrium which means that evolution occurred rather quickly.
Art by Tom duBois
Evolution is not Biblical nor is it scientific and extensive research through the Word of God clearly refutes it’s veracity even from the very lips of Jesus himself.
The Pharisees asked Jesus about divorce and he replied…
Matthew 19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.
A man once said to me, “How do you know what happened at the beginning of time? You weren’t there.” I agreed with him as fast as I could. “No, I wasn’t there, but I know Somebody who was, would you like to meet Him?”
We read in Genesis 1 that a day is one revolution of the earth around a fixed astronomical light source. (24 hrs.) Then the verse adds a numeral. It was day one, day two, and so on.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Those who honestly believe in evolution should research and carefully consider the assumptions of evolution. Evolution assumes many things that have not one single piece of evidence or research to support it.
Evolution assumes that non-living things gave rise to living material, i.e. spontaneous generation occurred.
Evolution assumes that spontaneous generation occurred only once.
Evolution assumes that viruses, bacteria, plants and animals are all interrelated.
Evolution assumes that the Protozoa (single-celled organisms) gave rise to the Metazoa (multi-celled organisms).
Evolution assumes that the various invertebrate phlya (organisms without a backbone) are interrelated.
Evolution assumes that the invertebrates gave rise to the vertebrates (animals with backbones).
Evolution assumes that within the vertebrates the fish gave rise to the amphibia, the amphibia to the reptiles, and reptiles to the birds and mammals.
These assumptions are accepted as absolute facts by schools and universities across the globe, intelligent leaders and main stream media but they are accepted solely by faith, not on clear provable evidence.
We’ve all heard of the big bang and that is where evolutionists say that a few billion years ago something went BANG and the universe sprang into existence of it’s own will. They claim all matter in the universe was compressed down to a dot the size of the dot over the letter “i” in the word size. The theory is that one day this dot began to spin and went faster and faster until it blew up with a big bang and spread all the matter we have today out over the universe and it is still expanding to this day.
Did you know at this very early point in the theory of evolution the evolutionist was faced with a very big problem or two of which they have never solved?
Where did the matter come from that made up the dot of material from which all things sprang forth?
Where did the force come from that made the little dot begin to spin?
When it finally exploded planets and suns and moons and stars were slung everywhere and those heavenly bodies are also spinning in the same direction of rotation as the original dot of matter. Only that is not the case. Many things are spinning backwards.
If you load a Merry-Go-Round with kids and spin it faster and faster until kids fly off in every direction, as the kids fly off they will be spinning in the same direction as the Merry-Go-Round. It’s called conservation of angular momentum. So why are many planets and other things in the heavens going backwards? “We do not know” and the evolutionist doesn’t know either. So why do intelligent people hold on to this idea? It is because the alternative for them is unthinkable.
The alternative is that an all powerful and all knowing God created everything just as He said He did in His Bible and we are accountable to Him. The alternative to evolution says there is sin, right and wrong, Heaven and Hell, and we will each and all soon give an account of our lives to our Creator. For many people this is just too horrible to consider and evolution lets us act like the animals our children’s text books have been preaching for years. Years of research and scientific observation contradicts the evolution that is widely accepted by so many today. The whole theory is laughable in the face of true scientific evidence or it would be if it were not herding so many people through the gates of Hell.
Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, created everything and he did it from nothing. By the way, it is a very difficult thing to create something from nothing. God the Father planned the creation and His Spirit moved upon the waters, but the Bible is clear that Jesus made all things and without Him nothing was made that was made. It certainly takes less faith to believe this than the fantastically complex and mathematically impossible idea of time through chance and billions of years of time producing anything. And as for dating systems such as carbon 14 there is no test that is valid past a few thousand years at best.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
Order has never sprung from disorder. Is it possible that the 23rd Psalm is the result of an explosion in a print shop or a Boeing 727 came forth from a tornado ripping through a junk yard?
It appears that our science today is so advanced and our scientist so wise that they have given God His walking papers. They claim they can do anything or will soon be able to do anything the God claims to have done.
….. A group of esteemed scientists got together a few years ago and elected one of their members to go and see God and to tell Him that He is no longer needed. We can create life in test tubes and perform all manner of miracles and we will take it from here.
God, being very understanding agreed with the representative and only asked one small favor of science before He went on His lonely way. The scientist said, “Sure what is it?” Well, before I go I would like to have a little test of your powers. I want to have a man making contest. We will do it in the old way as I did at the beginning. We will make a man out of dirt.
The proud scientist gladly accepted the challenge and with that bent over to grab a good hand full of dirt. Now God looked very disappointed and told the little professor that that is not how this is going to go. The scientist said, “Well what do you mean?” God said, “You will have to make your own dirt, that dirt is mine.”……
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The Lord Jesus made everything in 6 twenty four hour days. He could have done it in six seconds if He pleased. The Holy scripture and the history of Biblical accounts indicates to us that all of creation is actually less than 10,000 years old and the signs of the times tells us that the end of the program is very near and we will all give an account of our lives and just as Job of old we will no longer question our maker and creator although many answers will be required of us.
Job 40:2-7 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Now, what about those creation miracles of Jesus in the New Testament? John 2 records the account of Jesus’ first miracle that demonstrates His power over nature. It is of course the turning of water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana. Mary, the mother of Jesus came to Him to tell Him the wine was gone. It was a terrible breach of etiquette to run out of food or drink at such an event. Apparently Jesus had not intended to begin His ministry of miracles just yet and mildly rebuked His mother with the title “woman.” He was saying to her that the time of her authority over Him was at an end. None the less He would honor Mary’s request. He called for six huge water pots or maybe 25 gallons each. Why did he call for six do you think? I wonder if He was harkening back to the days of creation. He created all heavens and the earth and everything that is in them in six literal 24 hour days. Now he is going to create wine from water in no time at all but yet six pots representing six days.
Some have suggested Jesus slipped some purple pills into the pots, however the guests tasted it and said this wine is better that was brought out at the first.
John 2:6-9 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom
Another fantastic demonstration of Jesus’ power over creation is the miracle of stilling the storm in Mark 4. This storm that came up on the Sea of Galilee was an effort by Satan to destroy the Master. It was no ordinary storm, it was a storm so fierce that even seasoned fishermen were terrified.
Mark 4:35-41 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Notice carefully…..This great storm arose, BUT then HE arose! Nothing can stand when Christ arises in His power and might. He arose and the apostles said, Master don’t you care if we perish? Imagine that. The Creator of heaven and earth sunk at the bottom of a lake. The Lake of the Ozarks is much larger, but no lake on earth is prone to more violent storms than Galilee.
The Apostles faith was so weak, as is mine, but they should not have worried because Jesus told them at the outset that they were going to the other side. Jesus arose from His sleep and said to the waves, peace be still, and rebuke the winds and instantly the lake was smooth as glass. Not a wave or a breeze was to be found. Here is a miracle demonstrating the power of Christ over nature. Normally a stormy lake will roll for hours or days before it calms but it was stilled in an instant. We know this how? Because the visibly shaken Apostles said, “What manner of man is this that even the winds and the waves obey Him.” He is the God man and His power has no limit.
In John 6:5-15 Jesus feeds five thousand men, their wives, and children and no doubt many others. Perhaps the crowd exceeded 20 thousand. With the lunch of a small boy consisting of five loaves of bread and two small fishes we will witness a great miracle of direct creation in no time at all straight from the hand of God. Now just think of it. Two dried fish that had really never been dried because they had never been wet. They never hatched from an egg or grew up in anybody’s pond. The Creator of heaven and earth is multiplying the fish in no time at all as He provides for the hungry. The bread is another miracle of creation. The bread that Jesus broke had the appearance of age and history that it did not possess. Those loaves were never grown from a wheat seed. They had never been beaten into flour and they had never been baked in anybody’s oven. Please notice again that these fish and loaves had the appearance of age and an implied history that they really did not possess.
This is how God did things in the beginning. He made full grown fruit trees with fruit already on the branches and seeds within itself. He made Adam a full grown man that had you met one minute after his creation from the dust of the ground you would have seen a man appearing to be about 30 years old.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
You see, God needs no time at all to get His work done and He can make stars a trillion light years away with its light already reaching earth for the viewing pleasure of all mankind. He can make a rock that seems millions of years old but like Adam it may only be a few moments old.
The apostle Paul reminds us that all mankind came from Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
Even David confirms creation in the Psalms
Psalm 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Psalm 8:4-5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
We also find in scripture other miracles of creation that Jesus performed…
Healed a withered hand. (Instant and complete restoration)
Healed a man born blind. (No one in the O.T. ever healed of blindness)
Healed a leper and made a man lame from birth to walk and leap. No time at all was needed for therapy or to gain a sense of balance or for atrophied muscles to strengthen.
He raised several persons from the dead. Perhaps Lazarus was the most notable. He had been dead for four days and when Jesus called his name Lazarus came forth fresh as a daisy from the tomb. Think of all the physical things that had to happen in the body of Lazarus to raise him from the stink of death and decay.
Speaking of Lazarus, some years ago, D.L Moody the famous evangelist had an arch nemesis by the name of Robert Ingersol. Ingersol was a brilliant, but blasphemous lawyer, who made it his mission in life to try and discredit everything that Moody preached. Once Moody was holding a tent meeting and was preaching on the resurrection. Ingersol set up a tent on the other side of the road and did his usual hatchet job on Moody.
In Ingersol’s rebuttal to the resurrection he called attention to the raising of Lazarus. His premise was that it was all a plot cooked up by Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus to boost Jesus supposed waning popularity. The idea was Lazarus would pretend to be sick and then pretend to die. Mary and her sister would put him in the tomb and send for Jesus. Of course Jesus was in on the plot according to Robert Ingersol and for Jesus to say, Lazarus come forth, was just the cue for Lazarus to get up and walk out of the tomb and proclaim a great miracle had been done and Jesus would again be marveled at everywhere He went.
In an effort to drive his point of a plot home he asked his audience if they could tell him why Jesus said, Lazarus come forth. No one replied and he asked the same question two more times with no response. On the third attempt to get somebody to agree with him that Lazarus was not dead but only waiting for Jesus’ cue to come out and old man slowly got to his feet in the back row. The old man, still with a strong voice, said “Yes Sir, I can tell you why Jesus said Lazarus. If He had not said Lazarus the whole grave yard at Bethany would have come forth.”
We must conclude that either the Bible or evolution is Truth. We cannot believe both. The divine creation of Adam and Eve is consistently supported by both the Old and New Testament. We must weigh the authenticity of Scripture and the historical and observed scientific evidence when considering the viability of evolution. Will we believe the God and Creator of our universe, or will we choose to believe the ideas, theories and opinions of men?