The Truth about Creation

When we read any passage in the Bible, it is very important that we interpret it as it is supposed to be interpreted.  If a passage is meant to be understood literally, then taking it purely figuratively is obviously going to lead to wrong conclusions about what it is saying.  Similarly, if a text is meant to be understood figuratively, then to take it purely literally would be a big mistake.

It is very common for readers of the Bible to go wrong in both of these ways.

On the one hand, there are those who deny literal interpretations to passages that should be understood literally.  Sometimes even passages that refer to key components of the Christian faith, like the resurrection of Jesus or His future return, are interpreted purely symbolically.  This leads to extremely serious error.

On the other hand, there are those who take literal interpretations of passages that should be taken purely figuratively.  In fact, many Christians today seem to think that interpreting literally means holding true to what the Bible teaches, while interpreting figuratively means compromising on biblical truth.

This is actually a serious mistake.  The Bible contains a lot of non-literal teaching.  The Psalms, for example, constantly use vivid metaphors.  Books like Daniel and Revelation use powerful apocalyptic imagery.  And it is noteworthy too how in John’s Gospel we repeatedly find Jesus making statements that those listening to Him misunderstand precisely because they take His words literally (see John 2:19-21; 3:3-4; 4:10-15, 31-34).

One part of the Bible that Christians often interpret too literally is the first three chapters of Genesis.  Many believers, who are rightfully distressed by godless theories of how the universe and mankind originated, seem to think that one way to oppose these theories is to insist on a fully literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3.

In fact, a close reading of these chapters shows that it is a mistake to take them fully literally.  Let’s look at some reasons why this is the case:

Daylight created three days before the sun

In Genesis 1:3-5, we are told:

‘3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.  4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  5 God called the light ‘day’, and He called the darkness ‘night’.  And there was evening and there was morning, one day.’

However, in verses 14-19, we read:

‘14 Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the canopy of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years; 15 and let them serve as lights in the canopy of the heavens to give light on the earth’, and so it happened.  16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night; He also made the stars.  17 God placed them in the canopy of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.  19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.’

We see in verses 3-5 that on the first day God creates light that He calls ‘day’, i.e., day-time as opposed to night-time.  However, we read in verses 14-19 that on the fourth day He creates the sun, moon and stars.  But the light that gives us day-time obviously comes from the sun!

These verses stand as a strong piece of evidence that we are not supposed to understand Genesis 1 as a purely literal account.  On the level of the text, six 24-hour days are referred to.  But the reader is surely not supposed to think that these are literal 24-hour days on which God did His creating.  Instead, these six days are far better understood as a literary device that provides a framework for God’s creative activity.  When Genesis was written, Jews worked for six days of the week and rested on the seventh.  God is therefore portrayed doing likewise.

On the first day in Genesis 1 the focus is on God’s creation of light, darkness and 24-hour days.  And on the fourth day the focus is on His creation of the sun, moon and stars.  The point that is being made is that God created all these things: light, darkness, the 24-hour day, sun, moon and stars.  But the text is not meant to be taken as a literal, chronological account of when God made them.

Sometimes Christians who insist on taking all these verses literally come up with forced interpretations in an attempt to hold on to their view.  For example, it is sometimes said that God created the sun on the first day, but the sun appeared from behind clouds on the fourth day.

Solutions like these are extremely unconvincing:

In verses 14-19 God seems clearly to be portrayed creating the sun on the fourth day.  Note how verse 16 says that God ‘made’ the sun, moon and stars on that day.  And note too how verse 17 tells us that He ‘placed’ them in the canopy of the heavens on that day.

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Worshipping Images

MAKE NO IMAGE OF ANYTHING WHICH IS IN HEAVEN, ON EARTH OR UNDER THE EARTH!

WHY?

SO YOU DO NOT BOW DOWN TO IT…..

Exodus 20:3-7

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God,visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

1 John 5:21

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

(Is it not curious, that no Catholic ever knows –they say- the Second of the Ten Commandments? Why, do you suppose, is that?)

Matthew 4:9-10

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down andworship me.

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him onlyshalt thou serve.

(Consider attitude of prayer: Fall on your knees, incline your head, raise your hands? What did Satan want from Jesus? Fall down and worship him! That constitutes worship. How does one pray to idols? To anything other than God?)

Revelation 22:8-9

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I felldown to worshipbefore the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Revelation 19:10

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

(Twice John fell on his knees before the Angel. Each time the Angel forbade it, saying worship only God.)

Acts 10:25-27, 14:13-15

And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.

But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.

And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.

Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul,heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made 

heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

(Peter refused worship from Cornelius. Pagan priests tried to sacrifice to Barnabas and Paul, impressed by miracles. The Apostles rent their clothes in anguish, telling them to turn to the Living God in worship, not men. You think Peter or Paul would accept worship, -what doubletalk about reverence-, today, now? Some people pray to them now.)

Ezekiel 16:17-18

Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

Deuteronomy 18:11-12

………or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

(Necromancer is a person who speaks to the dead (spiritist). Paul, Peter, John – all are dead; only one came back from the dead: Jesus. It was explicitly forbidden by God to speak to the dead. Has anybody ever seen a Jew praying to Moses? Or Isaiah? Or Abraham? Speaking to the dead has always been the beginning of spiritism, demonism and idol worship.)

A great gulf is provided between the living and the dead, both, those still in sheol (the lost) and those in paradise.

Demons utilize every opportunity to impersonate and play theater. Turning from the living God to idols (Demons) gives the demons more than opportunity, it gives them authority to affect the life of that person. What happened to Adam when he turned to Satan?) 

1 Chronicles 16:26, 29

For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

 (Not idols, but worship God)

Jeremiah 7:18:20 For more detail read Jeremiah 44:16-25

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make CAKES TO THEQUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be pouredout upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

(Some Jews got mixed up with this religion of Nimrod and Semirabis, the “Queen of Heaven”, rejecting Gods Law. This choice brought destruction to every one of these idol worshipers. The cakes had to be exactly and precisely round, representing the SUN which they worshipped, their symbol for Baal or Moloch, Osiris)

What looms ahead of Mankind now?

The moral battle may now be lost in this sad world and the future of mankind might actually drown itself within a forthcoming immense sever of evil. But they still CAN NOT take your salvation from you. Only YOU can do that.

If you are unsure about your salvation, please dear friend, continue reading.

With infinite love God gave us a Savior, to pay our penalty and a Bible, a guide and light on our path! The Bible is a love story; written with blood, upon a wooden cross; the story of God’s love for you.

Men are not lost because they are sinners; THEY ARE LOST BECAUSE THEY HAVE REJECTED THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE, who died for them.

Any CONCEIVABLE sacrifice is worthwhile to find the BIBLICAL Christ Jesus and to belong to Him. If you want Him, pray now with me, “DEAREST LORD JESUS, FORGIVE ME MY SINS. I REJECT ALL NON-BIBLICAL RELIGION. COME INTO MY LIFE AND BE THE RULER OF MY LIFE. HELP ME TO LOVE YOU MORE EVERY DAY AND TO OBEY YOU WITH ALL MY STRENGTH AND TO READ YOUR BIBLE DAILY, EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.”

Something most especial is waiting for those who seek the immense goodness of our Lord. God Himself said, that “The ear has not heard and no eye has ever seen, neither can man even imagine the HAPPINESS which God prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9, paraphrased, if you please)!

God’s Word, Sir. Look it up.

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MUTILATED BY SOMEONE’S SELF-ESTEEM?

Self-confidence, confidence in your ability to do a good job, is very good. Totally different is self-esteem.

SELF-ESTEEM got Satan out of heaven. Self-esteem got Adam and Eve out of paradise.

Does God agree with psychology? WE ALL, SOONER OR LATER, ARE OR WILL BECOME VICTIMS, DEEPLY WOUNDED (IF NOT MUTILATED) BY OTHER PEOPLES EGO (SELF-ESTEEM). WE NEED CHRISTIAN GOOD WILL AND LOVE. 

Most of the arguments in marriage are born out of self-esteem, injured pride, injured ego.

(1) WHAT, DO YOU SUPPOSE, WOULD GOD SAY?

Matthew 18:4, 20:26-27

4. Whosoever therefore shall HUMBLE HIMSELF as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

26. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be GREAT AMONG YOU, LET HIM BE YOUR MINISTER;                    (minister means servant)

27. And whosoever will be CHIEF AMONG YOU, LET HIM BE YOUR SERVANT: 

Kiddo, forget all the gold and wealth in this world. The Lord God Himself is THE only real treasure. Can anyone imagine the greatness, the love and the good will in the character of our truly most wonderful Lord?

PROUD

Philippians 2:3

3. doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting the other better than himself;

(THAT’S WHAT GOD JUST SAID “CONSIDER THE OTHER MAN AS BETTER AND GREATER THAN YOURSELF. HA!)

Philippians 2:6-8 

6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7. But made himself of NO REPUTATION, AND TOOK UPON HIM THE FORM OF A SERVANT, and was made in the likeness of men: 8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

(OUR CREATOR, CHRIST JESUS, WASHED FEET. HE SAID, ONLY THE ONE WHO IS THE SERVANT OF ALL, IS THE GREATEST! JUST IMAGINE THAT! GOD IS HUMBLE. AND MAN WANTS TO BE PROUD?)

2 Timothy 3:15 

1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2. For MEN SHALL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, covetous, boasters, PROUD, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4. Traitors, heady, HIGHMINDED, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

1 Timothy 3:6 

6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with PRIDE he fall into the condemnation of the devil. .

James 4:6 

6. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Proverbs 13:10, 16:5, 16:18

5. Every one that is PROUD IN HEART IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

18. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. 

HUMBLE 

Isaiah 66:2

2. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a CONTRITE SPIRIT, and trembleth at my word.

Matthew 11:28-30

28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am MEEK AND LOWLY in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.:

Matthew 23:12

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall HUMBLE HIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED. 

John 13:14

14. IF I THEN, YOUR LORD AND MASTER, HAVE WASHED YOUR FEET; YE ALSO OUGHT TO WASH ONE ANOTHER’S FEET.

James 4:10

10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Zephaniah 2:3

3. Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, SEEK MEEKNESS: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger.

Self-confidence (trusting your ability to do a specific job) was almost eliminated from the vocabulary. It was replaced with raw pride, EGO, but with “sanitized” language, as “self-esteem”.

(2) BITTER EXPIRIENCE

NOTHING WILL TAKE YOU AWAY QUICKER FROM CHRIST THAN SELF-ESTEEM. IT GOT SATAN OUT OF HEAVEN; IT GOT ADAM AND EVE OUT OF PARADISE. FROM IT PROCEED MOST OF THE PROBLEMS AT WORK, MOST BIG WARS, MOST MARITAL ARGUMENTS, MOST OF KIDS’ BRUTALITY TO KIDS. WE GET HURT BECAUSE WE HAVE BIG SELF-ESTEEM.

UNLIKE SEX, PRIDE IS INSATIABLE, UTTERLY SELFISH AND INCREASINGLY ARROGANT. WE ALL BECOME VICTIMS OF SOMEBODY’S SELF-ESTEEM.

WE NEED LOVE

You may be surprised that God does not agree with psychologists. Who defends criminals, so they can come back and burglarize or shoot at you again? Who demands that you do NOT DISCIPLINE your children, so that monsters may grow up? It is your dear psychologists and psychiatrists, no?

They say that Freud considered SEX to be the greatest and most important motivator of all. According to him, free sex (uninhibited) was real freedom! Karl Jung insisted that PRIDE, EGO was the greatest motivator. To him, any boost of ego was a boost in happiness! They say that all the great lights in psychology and psychiatry were heavily demonized men. Read the true life history of Freud, Jung, Maslow, etc. It is something scarcely believable.

You don’t need to imagine, what promotion of irresponsible sexuality would do to society. Merely OBSERVE the wrecked lives, the heartbreak, the destroyed marriages and demonized children, all around you now. The same applies to EGO or SELF-ESTEEM.

Examine your own experience.

(3) A CASE HISTORY.

WEE Johnny has been beaten up repeatedly at school. His ego is crushed. Wailing and weeping he’s hiding from the world. Mommy takes Johnny to a psychiatrist. The great man (after charging her a king’s ransom) declares that JOHNNY NEEEDS MORE SELF ESTEEM. He insists, that the whole family must avoid EVERY criticism, every demand and every discipline. Johnny is to learn and practice KARATE, Judo, Kung-Fu, and a few other horrid things.

Soon Johnny can and DOES beat up everybody, including his mother and siblings. No more hiding or wailing .No more school either. There is just one thing, though. He has now taken up residence in jail, for robbery, attempted homicide, drug abuse and rape. You can imagine the future, how the rest of the case history will turn out.

Let’s examine the underlying facts. The reason Johnny was hurt is BECAUSE HE HAD ENORMOUS SELF-ESTEEM. Usually, it is not the physical blows; it is the humiliation, the EGO that hurts.

JOHNNY WAS HURT BY THE CRUELTY AND BRUTALITY OF OTHERS. WHY? MOST LIKELY, BECAUSE OF THE HIGH SELF-ESTEEM (EGO) OF THOSE OTHERS. THEY BOOST THEIR EGO (SELF-ESTEEM) BY HUMILIATING SOMEONE ELSE. Who hasn’t experienced that?

Johnny did not need more self-esteem. HE NEEDED TOLERANCE, GOOD WILL AND REAL LOVE. What do you suppose the message of Christianity is all about? But we don’t have A FREUD, JUNG, ADLER and their fellows promoting Christian LOVE, do we?

IF JOHNNY HAD ENCOUNTERED LOVE, INSTEAD OF THE SICK FIASCO OF (MUTUAL) “SELF-ESTEEM”, THERE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM.

Why do you suppose the Rockefellers of this world want to gain more money? Why do Kings make war? Because they’re hungry? You and I may get hungry, but never “our betters”! They strive for power, because it provides EGO, superiority, endless SELF-ESTEEM, a sense of POWER over others, the ability to humiliate others without retribution.

UNLIKE SEX, PRIDE (EGO) IS INSATIABLE, UTTERLY SELFISH AND INCREASINGLY ARROGANT. WE ALL BECOME VICTIMS OF SOMEBODY’S SELF-ESTEEM. WE NEED LOVE 

If you must have counselling, let it be out of the BIBLE, not out of demonism.

(4) WHY BIBLE?

The BIBLE IS A LOVE STORY; written with blood, upon a wooden cross; the story of God’s love for you.

Men are not lost because they are sinners; they are lost because they have rejected Jesus who died for them. The ultimate treasure is not creation, it is the Creator. Any CONCEIVABLE sacrifice in this world is worthwhile to find our Lord and to belong to Him!

If you want Him, pray now with me, “DEAREST LORD JESUS, FORGIVE ME MY SINS; PLEASE BE THE LORD OF MY LIFE; HELP ME TO LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND OBEY YOU WITH ALL MY STRENGTH AND TO READ YOUR BIBLE, EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.”

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Acted Upon by Faith

Written by my friend Gene Taylor – this text can also be found at http://www.centervilleroad.com/articles/faith-4.html

Many things are accepted and acted upon by faith. Before we were born, the pyramids of Egypt were built. We were not present at that time so we have no immediate knowledge of it, yet, we believe that intelligent beings erected them because they show evidence of intelligent design and construction. Using that same logic in the spiritual realm brings us to similar conclusions.

Before we were born the universe was created by God. We were not present at that time so we have no immediate knowledge of it, yet, we believe that an intelligent being created it because it shows evidence of intelligent design and construction. That intelligent being is the God who reveals Himself in the Bible. As we come to know Him, His character, power and wisdom, we have faith in Him that He is able to do all He promises. Ephesians 3:20, in speaking of God, says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Romans 4:21 says that the great Old Testament patriarch Abraham was “fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”

The evidence of one’s faith in God is obedience to His will. James 2:17 states, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (cf. Jas. 2:20, 24). Faith enables one to obey in the absence of understanding the why and how of the thing commanded. Faith is a trust that assures one that he will receive a promise, though the means of fulfillment is not obvious because he has confidence in the one who revealed it. The evidence of faith is seen in the actions of the faithful as seen in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews.

The Results of a Strong, Obedient Faith

The cleansing or purifying of the heart. The apostle Peter, in reference to the Gentiles and how they were acceptable to God without being circumcised, said, “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:7-9).

Justification before God. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1; cf. Rom. 3:28).

Salvation. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Great boldness and confidence. Addressing the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul said, “Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy, for by faith you stand” (2 Cor. 1:24).

Life. Romans 1:17, in speaking of the gospel, says, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith'” (cf. Gal. 2:20, 3:11).

Protection from the evil one. As part of the “whole armor of God,” the believer takes up “the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Eph. 6:16).

Triumph. “And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith” (1 John 5:4).

 

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