Daily Archives: March 19, 2014

Old Earth or New Earth – Cosmos Controversy

To those who may not have noticed, the Internet is a buzz with haters. There are those who hate the TV series called Cosmos. They are taking a stand against the shows host – Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, against the Evolution the show promotes, against the producers at Fox and the advertisers and on and on and on. Likewise there are those who are hating the “science deniers” and the “science-challenged” and the conservative “fundies” and the right wing Tea Party.

Ok, the sides are clearly defined in a controversy of the ages and there are also just as clearly a good number of militantly, radically and thoroughly committed devotees on both sides. Unfortunately, these loudly outspoken extremist only help to fuel their oppositions case and so on and so on….

In the midst of all it his extremism there has to be a middle ground. Even if that demilitarized zone is simply that we agree to disagree!

Oh no! I didn’t just propose peace! I obviously do not understand what is at stake here! After all there is only one truth – and it’s not theirs!

Well, maybe I don’t understand what is at stake. Perhaps, if they attempt to prove their point regarding the origins of life, the age of the planet and the birth of the infinite cosmos it will cause the God I worship to cease to exist. Perhaps if they present a state-of-the-art show using all of the cinematic mastery at their disposal it will shame our God into hiding. Maybe they will cause the foundations of our very existence to crumble and we will have to change the past 2,000 years of history to conform to this new “truth”.

Or, maybe, we who say we believe in the God of Creation need to remember a few basic truths of our own. The very Bible that tells us about the Creation in Genesis also tells us God made man in His own image. So when Adam was one minute old he was an adult man. Not a helpless infant crying for his Mommy! Likewise that same Bible tells us that God created the heavens and all they contain and the very same age discrepancy seen with Adam could easily be seen in the cosmos.  This same God who created everything could very well have created it “old”. There is a bit of irony in that some in the science community, who say we believers are limiting science by our narrow view of things, are the very same people who are putting our all powerful God in a small box. Not wishing to be too controversial but there are “old earth” theorists within the Christian community. But they also are met with haters. Whether the earth is old and science is then validating the God of Creation or the earth is new and the Bible is in direct opposition to the science of today, really isn’t the point. The point, I believe, is in how we believer respond. After all the courts removed God from school back in the sixties and we have seen a decline down a slippery slope ever since. We should not be surprised by this TV show or, for that matter, many other secular decisions being made to change the world around us today.

Jesus told us that the world would hate us if we belonged to Him. He also stated that broad is the way and many that shall find it that leads to destruction. Paul tells us in Romans chapter one verses 18-22 that –The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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 people are without excuse.For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Or, as written in Paul’s 2nd letter to the church in Thessalonian  chapter 2 verses 10-12 – And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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Perhaps, before we become bad witnesses for Christ as we attempt to defend Him by beating others into submission, we should obey Him and simply “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” and let Jesus defend Himself.

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:16    Be Blessed, Al and Betty

But, if you don’t forgive…….

Ever hear of families where one person won’t speak to another because of something that happened long ago? I bet that they don’t even remember what started it but they are sure that – the other one is to blame! Sad but true. Sadder still in the light of what Jesus said when He taught us the Lords’ Prayer – “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15 NKJV

Forgiveness isn’t an easy thing to do sometimes. Especially if we are sure that we are guiltless or wrongfully harmed by someones thoughtless actions. During a teaching Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Matthew 18:21 NKJV Jesus illustrates the need for forgiveness after answering Peter like this – Jesus said to him,

  “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.  Matthew 18: 22-35 NKJV

“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

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    Unforgiveness hurts us as much as it hurts the object of our angry and all those around us. We are told that we should be angry but sin not Eph 4:26 NKJV. So its not the emotion of anger that’s harmful but rather what we do with the emotion. If we consider the debt we had, that Jesus wiped clean with His blood on the cross, it can not be so hard to forgive someone for whatever they may have done to us. Love keeps no record of wrongs and we are called to love one another. 1 Cor 13:5c HCSB and John 13:14 KJV

     I doubt that any of us knows anyone who we would need to forgive 490 times each day (70×7) but the point here is that we can and should have an inexhaustible wealth of forgiveness towards our fellow man in the light of the forgiveness shown towards us. God bless you as you let the light of Gods love shine threw you today!