Month: July 2015

Scripture Resonates with Science

According to Dr. Hugh Ross, an astronomer who is also a pastor, astronomy is a scientific field of study that allows astronomers to experience the past. For example, he says, when we look at the sun we are not seeing it as it currently is, but we see it as it was 8 minutes ago because data takes some time to reach the telescope due to the velocity of light. Ross also insists that with regards to the origin of the universe, Scripture corroborates science. The Bible unequivocally states that the universe can be traced way back to a singularity beginning. This means that the universe had an ultimate beginning and so did matter, energy, space and time. Science teaches that the universe has been constantly expanding from its singularity beginning according to the laws of physics. This is nothing new to believers because the Bible also speaks about the expansion of the universe in Job 9:8; Isaiah 40: 22; Psalm 104:2; Jeremiah 51:15 and Zechariah 12:1. The universe is not only expanding, it is also under the pervasive law of decay. The book of Hebrews also speaks about decay in the universe as well (Hebrews 8). Science contends that any universe that expands certainly has a beginning, which means that a Causal Agent existing outside space, time, matter and energy, is responsible for the beginning of the universe. This Causal Agent is known as God by Christians, the One who initiated a spectacular miracle of the creation of the universe and all that is in it, ex nihilo. Scientists can no longer dismiss the role of the supernatural in the creation of the universe. Atheist, Lawrence Krauss in his book, A Universe From Nothing, concurs that one “cannot rule out such a deistic view of nature.” Genesis 1 states that the universe had a beginning and that God is responsible for all entire reality in our universe. In verse 2 of Genesis 1, the Bible tells us that the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters and that the water covered the surface of the earth. At this time our world was formless and void and was not fit for life as we know it. Then God began to work and things began to unfold in a spectacular and astonishing manner for the next 6 days. In the Genesis narrative, the evening and the morning bracket the six days of creation. But after that, there is no evening and morning mentioned. For six days, God creates. But on the seventh day, He stops. In the fossil record, there is amazing evidence of aggressive speciation preceding the appearance of human beings without evolutionary history. As soon as mankind appears, speciation ceases. The Bible says God rested on the seventh day following the creation of mankind. Since then, He has been sustaining the natural process He set in motion at creation.
On day one, according to Genesis 1, God created the light which obviously changed the atmosphere of the earth, somewhat. The foundation for the appearance of organic life was being laid. On day 2 God separated the waters and put a firmament in the midst of the waters. In chapters 37, 38, 39 and 40 the book of Job, the Bible describes the amazing creative genius of our God. Job even describes the water cycle as we experience it here on earth. He talks about liquid precipitation in the form of rain, dew and mist. Then he talks about the frozen precipitation such as snow, frost and hail. Only planet earth experiences water in these six forms, necessary for life forms on earth. On day 3, God gathered the water and transformed the world into continents and oceans. Myriad forms of vegetation flourished for the first time on these land masses. On day 4, God created the heavenly lights-the sun, moon and stars. These lights were created to mark seasons, days, and years for the sustenance of life on earth. Because the atmosphere became saturated with light, the animals could migrate, and reproduce, and feed, and hibernate during the right seasons. God prepared the ecological environment to support life on our planet. On day 5, sea populations appeared spontaneously, again without evolutionary history. Then the birds were created and so were mammals and reptilian species. On day 6, land mammals and creeping things made their appearance. Then God created the crowning work of His entire creation when He created human beings. These special creatures brought something unique and extraordinary. They are were created in the image of God, and endowed with a unique capacity to serve and glorify God. A careful study of Job 37 to 39, Genesis 1 and Proverbs 8, brings us to the conclusion that Bible narrative scores with the book of nature. It describes creation in chronological order. God prepared the terrestrial environment for life on earth. He carefully arranged the ecological system, which He continues to sustain today. Psalm 147 says God knows the name of every single star, which means that He also remembers the names of one of the 50 billion trillion balls of gases, we call stars. This means He knows you and I as well since, although the heavens declare the glory of God, they were not made in the image of God. Only you and I bear that Imago Dei.

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The Greatest Form of Witness

As attacks on the Christian faith continue to grow more militant and shrill, it is tempting for believers to focus more on theological arguments, creeds, and other statements to defend their position. Over the years, believers have learned how to engage in rigorous dialogue and to debate with intellectual bullies who try to mock, repudiate and ridicule their belief in God. A positive aspect of objections to the faith is that we are being forced to study the Word more and to spend more time in prayer so that we can learn to sanctify the Lord in our hearts and to be ready to give an answer to whoever asks us the reason for the hope within us, (1 Peter 3:15). It is no longer enough to merely recite the tenets or creeds of Christianity. The growing hostility against the Christian faith has also forced believers to learn to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints,” (Jude 3). You cannot contend in the absence of challenges or difficulties. When objections to the faith are raised, believers should try to refrain from emotionally-charged arguments that can end up alienating and hardening the objector. Instead, we should pray for grace and wisdom to engage in reasoned discussions to justify our faith and to give reasons for believing the way we do. For example, when discussing the existence of God, we could use approaches such as presuppositionalism or evidentialism without using unnecessary philosophical sophistry to throw off the objector.
However, the greatest case for Christianity can be in the way Christians live their lives. One of the main reasons for the rejection of the gospel is not because it is unable to provide the answers to the questions people have. Rather, its greatest obstacle is in the Christians’ failure to according to the dictates of the gospel. If we claim to be followers of Jesus, then we must act the way He did. We should be spiritually morphed and transformed, and that should be evident in the way we live so that God can be glorified in our lives. We should exude the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ. That does not guarantee that the believer will be insulated from being maligned, criticized, and hated. Jesus lived a perfect life and sinless life, yet the Church of his day found fault with Him, hated Him, ridiculed Him and turned Him over to the Roman imperial powers to be crucified. Interestingly, when He stood before Governor Pilate, accused of inciting insurrection, Pilate questioned Him and found Him innocent of the very thing He was accused of. No other life has fascinated and attracted millions of people like the life of Jesus. Similarly, the lives of His followers, empowered by His Spirit, can be the greatest argument for the Christian faith ever.

Opportunity knocks once…. Just understand it.

A Small Act Of Kindness Can Bring Smile On Million Faces

Neil Armstrong, he is the 1st person to set his foot in moon.
But, do you know who was supposed to be the 1st person? Many don’t know…
His name is Edwin C Aldarin…

He was the pilot for the Apollo mission. He was working for the American Airforce. Moreover he had experience of space walking, hence selected as the pilot.
Neil Armstrong worked for the American Navy. He was selected for his courage as co-pilot.
When the Apollo mission landed on moon, they received a command from NASA, “pilot first”.
But Aldarin was hesitant, “what will happen”, “will I get sucked in or will I burn out”, etc. The hesitation was not for hours, but few seconds.
In the meantime, NASA sent the next command, “co-pilot next”.
Within next second, Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon & became part of world history.
World history was changed in…

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Gravitas Leadership, Matchless Gift-Mix, and Vulnerability

Chapter 20 in the book of Numbers opens with the decease of Miriam, Moses’ sister. Miriam who had diligently watched the banks of the River Nile and guarded the basket that hid and protected her baby brother, Moses, from Pharaoh, the pathological egotist, who had instituted a program of Hebrew male infanticide; Miriam who had courageously approached the Pharaoh’s daughter when she had discovered the floating basket containing baby Moses, and had asked her if she would allow her to find a Hebrew nursemaid for the child; Miriam who had run home with all her might to alert her mother, Jochebed, and to bring her to Pharaoh’s daughter as Moses’ Hebrew nurse; Miriam the prophetess who had led the women of Israel in a song of exultation and praise to the Lord for delivering his people from the clutches of one of the world’s most powerful empires at the time; Miriam who had succumbed to the rigors and stress of protracted desert life and had thoughtlessly criticized Moses’ Ethiopian wife with Aaron; Miriam, for whom Moses had interceded and begged God to restore and heal her of her leprosy; Miriam whose sin had brought the entire nation of Israel to a standstill as they waited for God to heal her-this same Miriam had just died at Kadesh. The death of a sibling is a traumatic event because the role of a sibling is a unique one, and although sibling relationship may be far from being perfect, it is still significant in that siblings can function as best friends, confidants, surrogate parents, and even role models. No one knows the emotions Moses experienced as a result of Miriam’s death. Sadly, immediately after the announcement of Miriam’s death, we read that the people gathered themselves against Moses and against Aaron, not to comfort them for the loss, but to chide, blame, complain and murmur. Moses had patiently led them all the previous years, but the bitter complaints were unrelentingly frequent. The ingratitude and exasperating pressure from the rebels finally got the best of Moses. We read with sympathetic sadness how he lapsed under the accumulation of verbal onslaught, and sinned against God. Because of his sin, Moses could not lead Israel across the Jordan into the Promised Land. But the record tells us that God, who does exceeding abundantly more that we can ever ask for or think, immensely rewarded Moses, first by burying him Himself and then resurrecting him from the dead. Moses who could have been an Egyptian mummy is now alive forever. He did not only finally enter into the Promised Land, but he stood there on the Mount of Transfiguration, talking to Jesus in resplendent glory.
Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that our leaders-whether they be clergy or secular- are mere human beings prone to making mistakes. We harshly judge them; make crass jokes even about their physical appearances or their families or whatever we focus on to inflict maximum pain on them. The Bible tells us that of all the millions of adults who set out for the Promised Land from Egypt, only two crossed over to possess the land. The rest died in the wilderness, largely due to their sin of murmuring and complaining about the way they were being led. We do not read anywhere that the people came together to pray for strength for Moses or even to show appreciation for the work he was doing for them. All they did was criticize and rebel. Freedom to say whatever we feel about whoever we want to talk about is not without cost as far as God is concerned (Matthew 12:36), particularly if what we say hurts the other person.