Thursday, August 19, 2010

non genesis support for creation

Creation v. Evolution Part 9 of 12

Ignoring Genesis?

It has been said that there is a “battle going on for Genesis.” In fact, strenuous debate about the first book of the Bible abounds all over the web. Ministries like Answers in Genesis ( ) and Institute for Creation Research ( have become lightening rods in the issue.

However, the threads of an act of Creation actually run throughout the whole of Scripture. These “non-Genesis” verses often surround other unquestioned passages near and dear too many believers. For instance, the well-known gospel verse John 3:16 is proceeded by John 1:1-5 which speaks of all being made in the beginning by Christ. Some of these non-Genesis verses undergird His traits from our Salvation to the Second Coming. Notice that Creation is not referred to as forming gradually over time, but as a act.

Therefore, after reading just these few selected verses referencing Creation, one may well conclude that folks with a problem with a literal Genesis, might have serious concerns with most of the rest of Scripture itself. Judge for yourself:

Creation in seven literal days as a historical model:

Leviticus 25:3-5 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in their yield; but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of complete rest for the land, a Sabbath for the LORD: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard. You shall not reap the after growth of your harvest or gather the grapes of your unpruned vine: it shall be a year of complete rest for the land. (Based upon the creation week).

Control over all Creation as evidence of His Sovereignty:

Deuteronomy 10:14 Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.

His planned Creation as evidence of His greatness:

Job 38:1-7 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-- surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together praise."

Job 38:25-27 "Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground put forth grass?"

Job 38:28-30 "Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen." (Job was likely penned during the ice age that followed the volcanic eruptions of the flood)

Creation testifies, even now, to the Glory of God to the lost.

Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

Psalm 24:1-2 The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Creation is evidence of our hope of Salvation:

Psalm 65:5-13 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might. You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Creation as evidence of God’s power:

Psalm 104:1-6 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers. You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

Creation as evidence of God’s provision for even the lowest beast:

Psalm 104:14-21 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart. The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys. You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out. The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.

Matthew 6:26-29 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to your life's span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these."

Creation of mighty Dinosaurs--along with Man at the beginning:

Job 40: 15-24 Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron. He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him. When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth. Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?

Job 41:1- 34 Can you pull in the leviathan [a] with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words? Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants? Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse him. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me." I will not fail to speak of his limbs, his strength and his graceful form. Who can strip off his outer coat? Who would approach him with a bridle? Who dares open the doors of his mouth, ringed about with his fearsome teeth? His back has rows of shields tightly sealed together; each is so close to the next that no air can pass between. They are joined fast to one another; they cling together and cannot be parted. His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. Strength resides in his neck; dismay goes before him. The folds of his flesh are tightly joined; they are firm and immovable. His chest is hard as rock, hard as a lower millstone. When he rises up, the mighty are terrified; they retreat before his thrashing. The sword that reaches him has no effect, nor does the spear or the dart or the javelin. Iron he treats like straw and bronze like rotten wood. Arrows do not make him flee; sling stones are like chaff to him. A club seems to him but a piece of straw; he laughs at the rattling of the lance. His undersides are jagged potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge. He makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment. Behind him he leaves a glistening wake; one would think the deep had white hair. Nothing on earth is his equal— a creature without fear. He looks down on all that are haughty; he is king over all that are proud."

Creation as evidence of His majesty:

Psalm 104:24-30 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

Isaiah 40:12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?

Creation revealing truths 3000 years before science does:

Isaiah 40:22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. (spherical earth)

Job 26:7-14 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. (Note: see satellite pictures for confirmation). He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. (Note: barometric pressure). He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces. By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?

Creation as evidence of individual life giving:

Isaiah 42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:

Jesus’ continuing power over Creation evidence of His Deity:

Mark 4:37-41 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Creation and Jesus were in the beginning:

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Creation of first Adam tied to coming of Christ:

Romans 5: 12-14 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.

Creation’s birth pains call for His second coming:

Romans 8:22-23 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Creation all belongs to Jesus, the Creator, and is for Him and His:

Ephesians 1:8-10 With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Colossians 1:15-16 Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him.

1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

Creation shows He will be a Creator yet again, and His Second Coming:

Isaiah 65:17-19 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress

Isaiah 65:21-25 They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent-- its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD.

Revelation 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away." and the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

I believe all of the Bible to be “trustworthy and true.” This includes the many non –Genesis verses about Creation and the Creator, Jesus Christ. Do you? If not, are you truly comfortable substituting man’s ever-evolving opinions in place of His Divine revealed and unchanging Word?

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Home Safety

Home Can Be A Dangerous Place

Every week, I see homeowners insurance claims that could have been prevented. Here are some risks to consider, along with some steps to take, to reduce your risk.

1. Watch that tub.

Falling is the leading cause of home injury deaths. Surprisingly, nearly 6,000 lives per year are lost in simple falls. The bathtub is the leading culprit. Some install grab bars on the walls, or grip strips in their tub to reduce risk. Given the hard surfaces hit when one falls in the tub, any steps to make it safer are welcome.

2. Check the medicine cabinet.

The second-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths is accidental poisoning. Almost 5,000 lives are lost each year. One might expect this to be mostly children drinking a poison from under the sink, which certainly happens. However, it is often a mixing of alcohol and prescription drugs. Sometimes it is as simple as a husband sleepily taking his wife pills rather than his own in the middle of the night. Steps can be taken to make these medicines very different from one another in packaging.

3. Watch that stove.

Home fires and burn injuries kill over 3,000 people annually, and thus are the third-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. Do your smoke alarms work? Change batteries when you change daylight saving times. Train your children in actual fire drills how to get out and to never reenter during a fire. Some families hold actual fire drills twice a year. Never put water on a grease fire, and make sure everyone knows that. In a new home, check the price of having fire sprinklers installed. (Unlike television and the movies, only the sprinkler that is getting hot actually sprays water). Finally, watch those bonfires and lighters. Kids love to spray lighter fluid like Dad does.

4. Choking hazards like your blinds.

Choking, suffocation and strangulation, claims about 1,000 lives a year. It is the fourth-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. Younger children are most at risk. You might see choking hazard warnings on toys these days as recognition of this serious threat. Empty out the crib when you put a baby down, and cut the cords to your blinds. Smaller toys, Legos, coins, marbles and candy can choke any child. If choking, they cannot scream to tell you.

5. 5. Watch that water:

Over 800 people die each year in drowning accidents. The depth of the water is less important than supervision. Kids drown every year in bathtubs, let alone pools and ponds. Local codes require a fence at least 4 feet high with a self-closing and self-latching gate around their pool. Teach children to swim early on. If you wish, get your family trained in CPR to help with emergencies.

6. Beware of dogs.

Almost 800,000 bites per year -- one out of every 6 -- are serious enough to require medical attention. Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (1,008 per day). Every year 2,851 letter carriers are bitten. Getting bitten by a dog is the fifth most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms caused by activities common among children.

Homeowners claims and, more importantly, injuries and deaths, can be reduced with these simple steps.

Watch Out!

Motorcycle Safety

“Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.

~Author Unknown

Whether you ride or not, we all need to be more aware of motorcycle safety. Harleys and other brands have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Higher gas prices also encourage cycling. Many more bikes are on the road. This interaction can be deadly for our friends on bikes.

Clearly, some bike accidents are the fault of daredevils kicking up wheelies on the interstate. These folks will probably kill themselves before a car ever gets involved. About 25% of the crashes in one study involved a single motorcycle that either struck a fixed object and/or ran-off the road. This behavior is especially troubling in Arkansas where no helmet is required. They would do well to recall this famous quote:

“What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet?”

“Organ donor. “ ~David Perry

However, it has been my experience in a decade and half of handling injury and death cases that cars (we non-riders) are actually the culprit in most crashes! This might surprise you. Nearly 75% of the crashes in that same study were motorcycles involved in a collision with another vehicle, which was mostly a passenger car.

We see it so often in my injury law practice that we call them a “standard motorcycle wreck.” Here is what it looks like:

The most frequent impact configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight ahead and the car making a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle at an intersection. Usually, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle’s right of way and caused the crash. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic was the predominating cause of motorcycle-car accidents. The driver of the other vehicle did not see the cycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

“I just didn’t see him!”

~Most at fault drivers

Not noticing the motorcycle is a critical factor in multiple vehicle accidents. Thus, motorcycle headlamps (on even in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets reduces accident involvement.

One study concluded that the typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action. Motorcycle riders in these accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would over brake and skid the rear wheel, and under brake the front when greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to counter steer and swerve was essentially absent.

The likelihood of injury is extremely high is these motorcycle accidents-98% of the multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.

“Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don't. Some can't.”

~Author Unknown

Bottom line, watch your left turns more carefully. Some folks actually plan their route to avoid them where possible. Let’s all be more careful, because your riding neighbor’s very life may depend on your glance.

controversial mosque

Mosque at Ground Zero?

Does it really surprise anyone that putting a mosque at Ground Zero is going to be controversial? Really?

While we all believe in free expression of religion, it is simply unsettling that this mosque would be considered at this location. Recall that on 9/11/01, nineteen radical Muslims turned loaded passenger planes into missiles, crashing them all and killing thousands of innocents in the World Trade Centers alone.

For eight long years, the Greek Orthodox Christian church that stood in the shadow of the Towers has still not yet been approved to be rebuilt. However, this temple of Islam seems to be on the fast track, as of this writing.

To put this in context, it might be helpful to create some other inappropriate examples:

What if the Japanese wished to put a Japanese War Memorial honoring Admiral Yamamoto in the shadow of Pearl Harbor?

What if the United States wanted to place U.S. Atomic Bomb Memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

What if a white supremacist group wanted to place their meeting house next door to Abe Lincoln’s homestead?

No, these are not exactly the same. Most Muslims are clearly fine people. Many opposed the acts of these Muslim extremists. However, the association in the American psyche between Islam and 9/11 is just too strong to ignore.

While we may have the freedom to do something, it is not always prudent, helpful or proper. The Bible says it this way: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” (I Corinthians 6:12- KJV).

In short, while this movement may indeed be legal, it is not helpful or expedient toward any worthwhile goal.

It does serve to make it clear that some Muslims will not act with any class, and some politicians like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barrack Hussein Obama, are completely out of touch with “we the people.”

What do you think?