Beware of False Teachers

From: Tom A.

So yeast can quickly adapt to small changes in their environment. Yet, they still remain yeast. There’s no evolution there, only adaptation.

I recall one of my genetics professors talking about the wonderful qualities of evolution. He said that even Margaret Margules (sp) has proven evolution. Apparently Margaret said that ’…the great variety of dogs proves evolution. We can see it happening before our very eyes.’

At its core, evolution is one species changing into another; a process that has never been observed – even in the ’billions’ of year old fossil records.

Response:

Thank you for sharing your comment with us and for your support.

In your last sentence, you indicate that evolution is one species changing into another and this has never been observed.  I would like to take this opportunity to correct your understanding of the core of evolution.

You mention Lynn Margulis (instead of Margaret) and her statement on dogs.  I believe the variation found in domestic dogs is actually proof of the amount of variation that our Creator God put into their genome.  See Dogs – Big Problem for Fossil Record.

Actually, we do see one species changing into another species today.  There are many such observations.  My own Master’s thesis on the Mediterranean gecko suggests a possible speciation of this small gecko as the populations in Arizona will no longer breed with the populations in Texas.  There is also a size and behavioral difference between the two populations.

However, speciation is not evolution nor is it the core of evolution.  The core of evolution is the change of one kind into another kind, i.e. fish to amphibian, amphibian to reptile, reptile to mammal, ape to man.  These are the changes that have never been observed.

Speciation and variation within a species, such as seen in dogs, are widely used by evolutionists as proof of evolution.  They extrapolate these changes as proof that the large changes of molecules-to-man also took place and are true.

This is a very poor and weak form of logic.  This is the same type of logic that fuels many prejudices such as racism and stereotyping.  In Nazi Germany, Hitler blamed Jewish businessmen who prospered after World War I for the misery the German people suffered.  This led to the persecution of all Jews which led to the Holocaust and the murder of over six million Jews.  It is the same logic that has led to ethnic cleansing in so many nations.

This form of logic is actually illogical, highly questionable and generally inaccurate and leads to false conclusions and disastrous consequences.

Tom, I hope this helps to clarify what evolution is really all about.

Who Would You Invite for Dinner?

I recently had this question posed to me along with a number of other people:

If you could have dinner with any four people… past, present, future… fictional or real… who would they be?

The answers that most people provided did not surprise me.  It gives a good indication on where people’s hearts and mind are today.  A number of them named relatives living and dead, but most of them named various celebrities and people from history.  Among those listed were:

Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Evil Knievel, Natalie Wood, Reba McIntire, Ozzy Osbourne, President Obama, Don Corleone, Marilyn Monroe, George Michal, Ford Brothers, Billy Bob Thornton, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Sr, Danica Patrick, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Trace Adkins, Michael Waltrip, Jimmy Buffet, Larry the Cable Guy, Danielle Steel, Lady Gaga, the Beatles, Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx, John Cleese, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Alfred the great, Charlemagne, and Mickey Mouse.

Five people listed Jesus.  Other names receiving more than one mention were Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Janis Joplin and Dale Earnhardt Jr and Sr.

Before giving my response, I actually sat and thought about it for some time.  My first selection was immediate, but then I had to pare a list of twelve down to three (actually the original list was over two dozen).  It was a difficult decision and it took me quite awhile to do so.  Those that did not make my final list were: Seth, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David, Peter and Andrew (I have the temperament of Peter, but Andrew has always been my favorite disciple).  I also had a list of non-biblical people that I considered which included Martin Luther, John Calvin, George Mueller, Abraham Kuyper, A.W. Tozer, A.W. Pink, Cornelius Van Til, Greg Bahnsen, Jonathan Edwards and (this one may surprise you) Charles Darwin as I believe I could hold my own with him and if knew then what we know now, he would never have written his infamous book and I would love to see the look on his face when he met, face-to-face, Jesus Christ whom Darwin rejected.

So who did make my final list of four?  Jesus, Adam, Solomon and the Apostle Paul.

Why did I select these four?  Here are my reasons:

Jesus – Who wouldn’t want to meet and talk to the Son of God?  Our faith is in Him.  Our eternity is based upon His death and resurrection. He created the earth and all of life.  As a Christian, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I look forward to my physical death here on earth because I know for certain that I will be with Jesus in heaven for all eternity.  No more pain!  No more disease!  No more suffering!  No more hunger or thirst!  No more death!  Christians should not fear death, but look forward to what follows.  Given the time, I could probably write a book about why I would want to invite Jesus to dinner, but I think you can understand Him being my first selection.

Adam – The only man who was not born of a woman, but created by God.  He is the only man, other than Christ, who knew what it was to be sinless, immortal and have a perfect relationship with God.  I would love the opportunity to ask him what it was like before the Fall and how he felt after the Fall.  What were the physical changes that he noticed in the world around him and in his own body after the Fall?  What parenting issues did he have with Cain and Abel?  Did he have personal contact with all of the patriarchs up to and including Noah’s father Lamech?  If so, did he teach them about the creation and the Fall?  There are many more questions, but you only have the time around dinner to ask him and the other three.

Solomon – He prayed for wisdom to rule his people and God gave him wisdom and understanding that has never been surpassed.  1 Kings 4 tells us about Solomon’s wisdom.  It says he spoke and taught of many things including plants and trees, beasts, birds, reptiles and fish.  As a wildlife biologist, I have always wondered what wisdom did Solomon have and what did he teach and write about these areas?  The library of Solomon was supposed to contain thousands of his writings and teachings.  Given that most of them have been lost over time, it would be a huge opportunity to listen to the wisest man in history share the wisdom that God gave him.

Apostle Paul – Saul of Tarsus, persecutor of Christians, chosen by Christ on the road to Damascus to be the disciple to the Gentiles.  Paul went from being a chief among Jewish leaders and scholars to one who was whipped, shipwrecked, and imprisoned.  Paul had a very unique experience and obviously Christ gave him an understanding of the Christian faith that has never been equaled.  Twice a week my daughter, her husband and his daughter come over for dinner, laundry and devotions.  We’ve been reading through a number of the epistles, trying to digest the nourishment out of them to the best of our ability.  What an opportunity it would be sit and talk to the man who wrote many of those letters under divine inspiration.  That is why the Apostle Paul make my final list of four.

Who would you invite for dinner and an evening of conversation and why did you select those four?  Who were some of your other considerations?  Think about it carefully as it should reflect what is really in your heart.

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

by J. I. Packer

Dr. Packer has had a long-standing passion for the Puritans. Their understanding of God and His ways with man has largely formed his own spirituality and theological outlook. In A Quest for Godliness, the esteemed author of Knowing God and a dozen other books shares with his readers the rich world of Puritanism that has been so influential in his own life.

Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity.

Drawing on a lifetime of study, Dr. Packer takes the reader on a survey of the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He offers a close look at such subjects as the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. He concludes that a main difference between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity–the Puritans had it; we don’t.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action when both are desperately needed.

A Quest for Godliness is a profoundly moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought in a beautifully written book. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.

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