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Have you ever crawled through a wilderness, chained by the weight of the past?  Have you ever been thirsty for something more than this menial existence has provided?  Do the wounds from your journey throb with each tedious step that you take? 

 

 

Jeremiah 2:13 says,” My people have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” 

 

There is a spring of living water found in Jesus Christ.  In Him you will find all that you’ve ever longed for.  In Him the aching in your heart will be stilled, and you will know the fulfillment of your dreams.  Yet, how often do we turn to dig our own cisterns with the belief that they will quench our thirst, heal our scars, and fill our emptiness. 

Perhaps it’s the cistern of money, offering security and pleasure.  Or maybe you’ve dug a reservoir within yourself, meant to hold knowledge and independence.  Still, there is the constant lure to hewn for sufficiency in the strength of others.  These are all splintered promises and cracked dreams, holding only a façade of joy. 

Nevertheless, we toil without ceasing, trying to keep the walls from crashing in around us.  We lie awake at night, disappointed and broken; wondering what went wrong.  While we strive and struggle, the spring of hope continues its peaceful surge, waiting for us to come and drink. 

So, here before you stands a choice.  Which will you choose:  life or death, fulfillment or emptiness?  A shattered vessel will never fill the longing of your heart, but the sweet taste of the Savior’s love will quench your thirst forever.

 

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians records the gospel as it was preached by the early church. Some estimates have placed this creed to 6 A.D., the year that Christ is thought to have been crucified. This is the same gospel that Christians today profess belief in.

 

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

 

You may still have questions. Could all this be true? Does a theistic God exist? What about the Bible, it’s so old how can it be relevant or even true? I encourage you to post your questions here. What do you have to lose? You just might find what you’re looking for—answers to the meaning of life.

Further update:Lo and behold they lifted the block! 

 

Update: Florida Citizens for Science has been sending me traffic by way of commenting about my blog on their website, while blocking me from viewing those comments. So to all my evolutionist friends out there, “Welcome!”

Rom. 12:14-21

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.a Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Does the creationist view eliminate the possibility that life forms evolved from non-living matter by chance? Given that no rational explanation has been given to indicate how this is possible, the evidence reveals an intelligent cause. A theist calls this cause “God.” The universe and life itself exists because God wills it to exist. The theistic evolutionist asserts that God used naturalistic evolution to create life. It seems that the necessary agency of time is the great flaw in this assertion. The evidence reveals that 150 million years is not enough time for the complexity of life to have naturally emerged from the dust of the Earth–a supernatural cause is implied. That cause which is outside of time and space is the same God of theistic religions.

Humankind as the pinnacle of creation is uniquely created bearing the image of God. The creationist believes that life is sacred and human life in particular holds intrinsic value and purpose and thus a creationist battles to uphold the common moral law – the law prescribed by the Moral Law Giver. Championing the pro-life cause, raising up children taught to respect the life and property of others, seeking to strengthen the family unit are all values gleaned from a Creator who purposed humans into being as an expression of His love. The theistic God not only caused and sustains His creation, He reveals the truth of His existence through that creation.

Following the evidence leads to God. There must be life after death. There is an absolute foundation for right and wrong. There is an ultimate meaning for life and people really do have free will. That free will enables us to choose either to acknowledge or deny the existence of a supernatural intelligent mind. The now agnostic Antony Flew writes, “The discovery of phenomena like the laws of nature–the communications network of the parable–has led scientists, philosophers, and others to accept the existence of an infinitely intelligent Mind. Some claim to have made contact with this Mind. I have not–yet. But who knows what could happen next? Someday I might hear a Voice that says, “Can you hear me now?”

If God has been given His walking papers, He does not seem willing to submit to those orders. “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.” He still pursues the crown of His creation, revealing Himself through general revelation and when we seek Him, revealing Himself through special revelation. Jastrow summed up the quandary of the scientist when he follows the evidence where it leads. “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

Further Update: Lo and behold they lifted the block!

Update: Florida Citizens for Science has been sending me traffic by way of commenting about my blog on their website, while blocking me from viewing those comments. So to all my evolutionist friends out there, “Welcome!”

 Rom 12:14-21

 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  

 

Unlike the gravitational theory or the theory of relativity, evolution theory has never been proven; however, the naturalist view has been warmly embraced by the scientific community. Lewis Chafer wrote, “The evolutionary hypothesis that all organic substances were derived from a single organism, for which they have no rational explanation as to its beginning, is surprisingly irrational for a theory that has attracted so much acceptance.” The notion that life originated from non-living matter is very dogmatic in its assertion since this has never been observed. Because the scientific community assumes the theory of evolution to be true and views all new discoveries through that lense, any peer who deviates from that assumption experiences a fierce retaliation.

Why would a community which prides itself on its objectivity eagerly embrace an unproven theory as truth? Chafer answers, “Without a doubt evolution has arisen from the desire of unregenerate people to explain the universe without God or with a minimum of divine intervention.” World renown atheist astronomer, Robert Jastrow agrees, “The religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. . . .the mind reacts by ignoring the implications—in science this is known as “refusing to speculate”—or trivializing the origin of the world by calling it the Big Bang, as if the Universe were a firecracker.” Yet, 150 years after Darwin’s publication, evolution theory is taught as fact in schools and the political ramifications are heard daily on the floor of congress as generations have been impacted by the diminished value of life.

When human life ceases to hold intrinsic value, the purpose and value of any life becomes equitable to that of the rock from which it evolved. Fortunately the conscious of the masses refuses to embrace evolution as fact. Florida was the first to submit a Freedom of Education Act allowing the inconsistencies of evolutionary thought to be taught in the public classroom. But the damage has already been done within the fabric of a world that would love nothing more than a valid excuse to deny God. When a community embraces a world view that strips humanity of purpose and value, one should not be surprised at the staggering rise in fetal murder, steady increase in youth crime, and deterioration of the family unit. William Provine said if Darwinianism is true then “there’s no evidence for God, there’s no life after death, there’s no absolute foundation for right and wrong, there’s no ultimate meaning for life, and people don’t really have free will.” It appears that as Lee Strobel wrote, “God has been given his walking papers.” Or has He? Unlike evolution does the creationist view follow the evidence where it leads, or is it just a “God of the gaps” theory claiming divine intervention when a natural explanation evades?

What do you think?

My friend, Cyndi, sent this video to me. It highlights the process of consumption by citizens of the US. Want to know where your stuff comes from and where it goes?  Well, if you don’t you should.  Our limited resources won’t last forever and the Earth we consume now, won’t be available for our children later.  The very children you and I will be at the mercy of someday.  Watch and learn, and hopefully change.   http://www.storyofstuff.com