Some thoughts on the film, Noah

11 04 2014

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I have not gone to see the “amazing” film Noah because I don’t wish to waste my time and money, on something which is clearly not only not biblically accurate, but is blatantly anti-biblical. 

But, since it has been in the news, and is grabbing people’s attention, I figured “why not” take this opportunity to share the truth behind not only the film, but also, related to the topic of the Biblical Flood of the Biblical Noah, as found in Genesis chapters 6-9

First, Dr. Brian Mattson has written a brilliant and lengthy, in-depth critique of the film,Noah which is well-worth your time.  You can find that here, and a follow-up here.

“In his defense, I suppose, the film wasn’t advertised as such. Nowhere is it said that this movie is an adaptation of Genesis. It was never advertised as “The Bible’s Noah,” or “The Biblical Story of Noah.” In our day and age we are so living in the leftover atmosphere of Christendom that when somebody says they want to do “Noah,” everybody assumesthey mean a rendition of the Bible story. That isn’t what Aronofsky had in mind at all. I’m sure he was only too happy to let his studio go right on assuming that, since if they knew what he was really up to they never would have allowed him to make the movie.”


Dr. Brian also prepared a video on the same subject, which can be viewed here.

Brian Godawa also blogged about this film, on his blog Hollywood Worldviews, in a post entitled: The Subversion of God in Aronofsky’s Noah.  You can read that post here. 

Interestingly enough, there was research confirming the reliability of the message presented in the Flood passage, which came out close to the time of the film’s release (cool how God works, eh?).

The first bit is from the Institute for Creation Research (Dallas, TX) – they posted on their Facebook page (which is where I found it), a link to an article about water being discovered deep in the earth’s mantle. 

“How far below Earth’s surface can we find water? There is no way to drill hundreds of miles down, so researchers must wait for evidence to surface from the depths. An international science team recently reported in Nature their find of a unique Brazilian diamond inclusion that indicates plenty of water at great depth.1 How does this compare to biblical descriptions of Earth’s structure?”


Here is another article, on the same topic, from the University of Alberta.  I’m sure that the science community is scratching their heads about this new find. 

By the way, the water was discovered in-between the upper and lower mantles of the earth, in what is known as the “transition zone” (which is approximately somewhere between 410-660 km deep into the earth’s crust). 

I also came across a fascinating article from The Telegraph newspaper, which ran a surprising headline: “Noah’s Ark would have floated… even with 70,000 animals” – um, what?  Not something we’re likely to see in every day’s newspaper.  It is an interesting read, and I encourage you to take a look at it here, and another article (from ICR) on the same subject.

“Previous research has suggested that there were approximately 35,000 species of animals which would have needed to be saved by Noah,” according to The Telegraph, though they cited no source for this estimate. Doubling this number to account for a male and female of each species, the student group estimated that the ark needed to have held approximately 70,000 creatures. To the students’ surprise, they found that this amount did not exceed the total mass the ark could contain. Physics student Thomas Morris told The Telegraph, “You don’t think of the Bible necessarily as a scientifically accurate source of information, so I guess we were quite surprised when we discovered it would work.” The students published their results in Leicester University’s Journal of Physics Special Topics.


So, there’s a whole plate full of reading for you, my readers to partake of over the next few days.  As always, I post hoping to inform and inspire my audience, and to equip, because the equipped person, is the person who is able to give answers to those who ask questions… and there is no such thing as a stupid question.   





Equipping Conference – in Rockwall, Texas!

21 11 2013

Biblical Discipleship Ministries is putting on the “Equipping Conference” in Rockwall, Texas, on January 3-4, 2014.  There will be several speakers, including Carl Kerby and Carl Kerby, Jr. of Reasons for Hope Ministries.  We would definitely suggest checking out this conference, and registering for it so you don’t miss out!

Click here to view the brochure that has all the information you need to attend!





Spring 2013, The Tool Box

15 05 2013
tool boxIt’s that time again – time for another issue of the Tool Box.  We pray that you are well and growing in the LORD this Spring!

Inside this issue:
- Evidences for a Young Earth: Biological and Anthropological Evidences
- Questions Answered: Are the Bible and Evolution Compatible?
- Resource Spotlight: The Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor
- Spring and New Life in Christ
- Signs of Design: The Human Thumb
And lots more!
May the Lord be nearer and dearer to you this Spring, as never before.
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Happy Resurrection Day!

31 03 2013

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“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”  Matthew 28:1-8





Remembering Dr. Duane T. Gish, Creation’s ‘Bulldog’

24 03 2013
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Duane T. Gish, 1921 – 2013

A mixture of sorrow and thankfulness comes over the Institute for Creation Research family as we note the passing of Dr. Duane Gish on March 6, 2013. Dr. Gish has been a champion of creation at ICR for decades, and we will miss him.

Born in Kansas and educated at University of California, Los Angeles, he later received his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. He joined the ICR faculty in 1970, after a fruitful career in biochemistry at the Upjohn Company in Michigan. Soon after the publication of The Genesis Flood in 1961, he joined with other creation-minded scientists to found the Creation Research Society in 1963 and served on their governing board until 1997. As his opportunities for creation ministry grew, he joined Dr. Henry Morris at the newly formed Institute for Creation Research. This was a true step of faith as he left a secure, well-paying position for a very uncertain future. But God blessed both his faith and his efforts.

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Read the entire article, over on ICR’s website.





The Sanctity of (Every) Human Life

26 01 2013

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(This is an adaption of a Sunday School Devotional delivered by Joel Kautt in January 2011)

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13 – 16 (ESV)

Forty years ago this month, the United States Supreme Court found somewhere hidden between the lines of our Nation’s Constitution the right of a woman to end the life of her unborn baby. It has been estimated that since that time, at the very least 50 million innocent and helpless baby humans have been slaughtered before they ever breathed their first breath or saw the light of day. Just in the year 2007, over 1 million, 200 thousand abortions were performed in the United States. Doing some simple math, we can find that on average, an unborn baby human is murdered in America’s own holocaust approximately every 2 and a half minutes. It is a sad fact that there exists in America today an entire dedicated industry that generates billions of dollars of revenue at the gruesome expense of our nation’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens. The legacy of abortion advocates like Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is a legacy of death.

The concept of abortion is much older than just the Roe v. Wade court decision. In fact, the practice of abortion has been around for many centuries throughout the world. The Bible actually tells us that during the time of Moses the people of Canaan sacrificed their children in the fires of their false god Molech.1   Sadly, the Israelites turned from worshiping their Creator, and began to practice this pagan and demonic ritual during the latter part of the period of Kings before the Babylonian exile.2 Today, non-Christians, and Christians alike are sacrificing their children on the altar to the gods of convenience and “choice” through the means of abortion. God fulfilled His promised judgment on Israel for their disobedience in murdering their children as an offering to their idols. One has to wonder how long it will be before God judges America for killing her children as an act of worship of selfishness and convenience.

As is often the case with sinful actions, those who favor and promote abortion believe lies. Namely they believe that it is acceptable to solve personal problems through ungodly means. Further, many believe that the living, unborn baby is not human, but rather just a “blob of tissue” at certain stages of its “evolutionary” development and growth, of course the Bible and good science both tell us otherwise. These people also believe that somehow a person has the right to do to an unborn child what would be legally classified as murder if it were done to any person outside the womb.

The Bible tells us that Satan is the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Christ came to give His life so that He could give us eternal life.3 Proverbs 8:37 says that all those who hate God love death. As Christians, we should love and protect the lives of the innocent, just as Proverbs 24:11 and 12 implies. We should be reaching out in compassion and love to those who are suffering the emotional and spiritual pain involved in the aftermath of an abortion. We should also be promoting the truth to those around us that God in His love, gave His Son to pay the penalty for our sins, and offer forgiveness and new life even to those who have made the choice to abort their unborn children.

Today, and every day, let us celebrate the sacred gift of life, and pray and work to help protect the sanctity of human life from pre-born to elderly, from conception to natural death. In doing this, we will honor our Creator who made every human being in His marvelous image.
Footnotes:

1 See Leviticus 18:21; 20:2 – 5

2See 1 Kings 11:7, 8 and Jeremiah 32:35

3 See John 10:10

 





The Tool Box – Winter 2012-2013

26 01 2013

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With the holidays’ business, family sickness and others things, we didn’t get our November-December 2012 issue of The Tool Box sent out, and we apologize. We are finally sending out our latest issue, which is the Winter 2012-2013 issue. Upon reviewing our family and ministry situation, we have decided to publish our newsletter only quarterly, instead of bimonthly, as we had done previously. So, now you will receive a newsletter every three months, and they will be labeled ‘Spring’, or ‘Summer’, etc.

Thank you for understanding and for you continued prayers for our family and ministry!

What you’ll get in this issue:

  • Evidences for a Young Universe, Part 2 – Geological Evidences
  • Questions Answered: What About the Gap Theory?
  • The Sanctity of (Every) Human Life
  • Copying the Creator: Straws, Trees and Water Towers
  • Creation Scientist Biography: Johannes Kepler
  • And more!

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