A Brief Look at Election and Foreknowledge

1 Peter 1:1-2  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Peter addresses his first epistle to the “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”.  There is a long debate over the relationship with God’s sovereign election and mankind’s free will.  A related discussion is the aspect of “foreknowledge” as helping reconcile the two.  The argument goes like this: God looked into the future and saw who would believe on Jesus as savior.  He then elected those persons to salvation.  This is an valiant attempt to bring election and free will together, but it fails under closer scrutiny.  Here’s why. Continue reading

Ancient Rhino Surprises Scientists

A giant “Siberian unicorn” was previously thought to have lived over 350,000 years ago is now thought to have gone extinct around 29,000 years ago.  This means that they “may have roamed the Earth at the same time as humans”.  They could have just asked me and I could have told them that all land animals were created on the sixth day of creation, which means they did exist at the same time as humans who were also created on day six.
Although the scientists’ dating is still off, they are much closer to the timeframe of the Bible.

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How Christians Determine Truth

Keith Mascord, an Anglican pastor in Australia, wrote an opinion piece entitled “The Bible is the true prejudice in Christian opposition to marriage equality”.
When I read the title, my response was “Yes, that’s true.”  But he uses the article to argue that Christians basically need to get over the Bible’s opposition and just accept that same-sex marriage is okay.  After all, he argues, the Bible is full of ancient, outdated thinking which we need to just move beyond.  And science and experience has shown it to be full of misinformation.  Wow!  This is news to me.  The Bible has been around a long time and has been attacked and critiqued by many.  Yet it has survived.  The reason is that it is God’s Word.  It has been shown to be true time after time.  This sets it apart from every other religious text.

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Gravitational Waves Show That Universe Had a Beginning

There’s been a lot of buzz in the scientific community this month surrounding the detection of gravitational waves, a concept which was predicted by Albert Einstein about 100 years ago and is the last piece of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity to be proven.  I have been following the story because of the religious implications it has.  For years scientists have been trying to decide if the universe had a beginning or not (which is weird to me because it’s pretty obvious that it did).  Even Stephen Hawking has changed his position on that issue several times.  Without getting into a bunch of scientific mumbo jumbo, the discovery of gravitational waves settles the issue.  The universe did have a beginning and now scientists have proof.

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Science Changes (again) on Neanderthals

It’s amazing how often “science” changes.  Back in June 2015, there was a news article which stated that scientists had shown that Neanderthals and homo sapiens had interbred 50,000-60,000 years ago, which effectively meant that Neanderthals are human.  Now they’re saying the interbreeding happened more like 100,000 years ago.

Based on the Bible, I would say that there is no meaningful difference between Neanderthals and homo sapiens.  If they can breed, then they’re the same “kind”.  Humans were created on day 6 of the Creation Week (Genesis 1:27).  I think the differences from Neanderthals and other humans are just genetic traits which began to take shape after the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), when humans were grouped by language, effectively narrowing the gene pool for those groups and giving them common physical traits.  But what do I know?