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Lesson 2: The Nature of Faith

  1. 1. 1. Creation, the Bible record2. Evolution, mans theory3. Conclusion based on the facts
  2. 2. THE NATURE OF FAITHIn the last lesson we looked at 60 reasons to believe the Bible.Belief is based on sound, rational thinking that is usuallycombined with physical proofs or evidence.When we cross over a bridge we are exercising a belief or trustthat the bridge will hold us up while we are crossing it.This belief or confident acceptance is what the Bible sometimescalls faith.Notice how faith is described in this passage as it relates to Godscreation. Hebrews 11:1,31Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence ofthings not seen.3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the wordof God, so that the things which are seen were not made of thingswhich are visible.
  3. 3. These couple of versus from Hebrews 11express the fundamental difference in thetwo apposing explanations of the origin ofthe universe and of life itself.In creation God brings the materialuniverse into existence from nothing,―the things which are seen were not madeof things which are visible.‖ that is thatthe universe is not self existent.
  4. 4. The theory of evolution doesnt addressthe issue of the origin of matter but ratherassumes that matter is self existent andeternal .One thing is certain someone or somethinghas to be eternal because if their ever wasa time when nothing existed, nothing evercould have!
  5. 5. We will examine first the record ofGenesis, which means beginning, and seethe logical sequence of the six days ofcreation, not unlike an artist who wouldbegan with the raw materials and thenseparate things for particular use and moldthem according to his desire, large thingsfirst and details later.There are no persuasive arguments givennor flowery language used, just thestraight forward declaration of the facts inthe amazing calmness and brevity that ischaracteristic of the entire Bible.
  6. 6. THE FIRST DAY GENESIS 1:1-51 In the beginning God created theheavens and the earth. 2 The earth waswithout form, and void; and darknesswas on the face of the deep. And the Spiritof God was hovering over the face of thewaters.3 Then God said, ―Let there be light‖; andthere was light. 4 And God saw the light,that it was good; and God divided thelight from the darkness. 5 God called thelight Day, and the darkness He calledNight. So the evening and the morningwere the first day.
  7. 7. THE FIRST DAY GENESIS 1:1-5 Notes 1. The universe had a beginning and istherefore is not self existent.2. All things begin with God, not withmatter or mankind.3. The first verse of the Bible states thebasic elements of physics, time, force, spaceand matter.4.The Hebrew word for ―God‖ is―ELOHIM‖ which is the plural noun form,this is the first indication of Gods naturewhich becomes more clear as the recordunfolds.
  8. 8. THE FIRST DAY GENESIS 1:1-55.The phrase ―evening and the morning ―defines each day of creation, the Hebrewword ―YOM‖ always means a 24 hour daywhen accompanied by a number.6. God is the only one in a position to knowwhat was done before mankind wascreated, this point is made in Job 38 1-67. ―and it was good‖ This is another phrasethat occurs throughout the account, everything that God does is good, goodness is aninnate quality of God.
  9. 9. THE SECOND DAY GENESIS 1: 6-86 Then God said, ―Let there be a firmamentin the midst of the waters, and let it dividethe waters from the waters.‖7 Thus Godmade the firmament, and divided thewaters which were under the firmamentfrom the waters which were above thefirmament; and it was so. 8 And God calledthe firmament Heaven. So the evening andthe morning were the second day.
  10. 10. THE SECOND DAY GENESIS 1: 6-8God continues to organize the inanimate materials that he created into thedistribution required for life, the division of liquids and gases, the creation of the expanse of atmosphere and abundant liquid water being prepared for its inhabitance.
  11. 11. THE THIRD DAY GENESIS 1: 9-139 Then God said, ―Let the waters under theheavens be gathered together into oneplace, and let the dry land appear‖; and itwas so. 10 And God called thedry land Earth, and the gathering togetherof the waters He called Seas. And God sawthat it was good.
  12. 12. THE THIRD DAY GENESIS 1: 9-1311 Then God said, ―Let the earth bring forthgrass, the herb that yields seed, and thefruit tree that yields fruit according to itskind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth‖;and it was so. 12 And the earth broughtforth grass, the herb that yields seedaccording to its kind, and thetree that yields fruit, whose seed is initself according to its kind. And God sawthat it was good. 13 So the evening and themorning were the third day.
  13. 13. THE THIRD DAY GENESIS 1: 9-13 Notes1. Immense amounts of water on the earth is one of the distinguishing features of our planet. 70 percent of the earths surface is water and is one of the essential elements of life.2. Water absorbs enormous amounts of heat, keeping the earth relatively cool during the day and by releasing the stored heat at night water acts as a temperature stabilizer.
  14. 14. THE THIRD DAY GENESIS 1: 9-133. Immergence of the dry land prepared the earth to be clothed with colorful and vibrant plant life whose seed was in itself. God made each plant with the genetic code encapsulated in its seed to reproduce after its own kind.4. The plant life on earth set the stage for the entire interdependent ecology of the earth as God planned for the provision of all life as he made it.5. There is no long, gradual, naturalistic process described here, rather everything God does is perfect from the beginning. (Psalms 33:9)
  15. 15. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-1914 Then God said, ―Let there be lights inthe firmament of the heavens to divide theday from the night; and let them be forsigns and seasons, and for days andyears; 15 and let them be for lights in thefirmament of the heavens to give light onthe earth‖; and it was so.
  16. 16. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-1916 Then God made two great lights: thegreater light to rule the day, and the lesserlight to rule the night. He made the starsalso. 17 God set them in the firmament ofthe heavens to give light on theearth, 18 and to rule over the day and overthe night, and to divide the light from thedarkness. And God saw that itwas good. 19 So the evening and themorning were the fourth day.
  17. 17. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-19 Notes1.The light that God created on the firstday was apparently coming from onesource and the earth was rotatingunderneath it causing alternating periodsof light and dark from earths vantagepoint which is the location of the narrativegiven. The first Hebrew word translatedlight in our English versions indicate apresences of light while the light in Day 4is a different Hebrew word that could betranslated ―, light bearers‖.
  18. 18. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-19 Notes2.The original presence of light wasseparated into the sun, moon ( reflectedlight ) and stars, not only for lightpurposes but apparently for gravitationalpull, heavenly structures, and also timekeepers for mankind.
  19. 19. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-19 Notes3. Keep in mind that creation is a one time,unrepeatable, supernatural event. Somewho try to find eons of time per day in anaturalistic interpretation of this account,should consider that the ecology of theentire planet depends on the interrelatedsystems that make it function so that onecannot exists with out the other, a fewnormal days are not a problem in thisregard, but many years would be.
  20. 20. THE FORTH DAY GENESIS 1: 14-19 Notes4. It was Gods awesome power that placedin space the constellations and galaxieswithout number at distances no man canfathom, the sun and moon at exactly theright size and distance from the earth andthe earth itself, an oasis in the desert,specially equipped to sustain life withlight, heat, air, water and food.
  21. 21. THE FIFTH DAY GENESIS 1: 20-2320 Then God said, ―Let the waters aboundwith an abundance of living creatures, andlet birds fly above the earth across the face ofthe firmament of the heavens.‖ 21 So Godcreated great sea creatures and every livingthing that moves, with which the watersabounded, according to their kind, and everywinged bird according to its kind. And Godsaw that it was good. 22 And God blessedthem, saying, ―Be fruitful and multiply, andfill the waters in the seas, and let birdsmultiply on the earth.‖ 23 So the evening andthe morning were the fifth day.
  22. 22. THE FIFTH DAY GENESIS 1: 20-23 Notes1.God creates living creatures that move bothgreat and small filling the waters beneathand the skys above with abundant life.2. Each ―after their kind‖. Again God madeall kinds complete and perfect from theirbeginning. This is not a hit and missexperiment of chance, but rather each of themyriads of complex swimming and flyingcreatures were an intentional, individualdesign of God.
  23. 23. THE FIFTH DAY GENESIS 1: 20-23 Notes3. Each of Gods creatures were made toreproduce after their own kind, most requireboth male and female of each kind whichusually appear very similar on the outsidebut are in fact very different on the inside,keep in mind that any incompleteness orincompatibility whether chemical, physicalor mechanical within a kind would makeboth useless. There are millions of differentkinds of both sea life and birds, even morethen than there are now due to manyextinctions since the creation.
  24. 24. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-3126 Then God said, ―Let Us make man in Ourimage, according to Our likeness; let themhave dominion over the fish of the sea, overthe birds of the air, and over the cattle, overall the earth and over every creeping thingthat creeps on the earth.‖ 27 So God createdman in His own image; in the image of GodHe created him; male and female He createdthem. 28 Then God blessed them, and Godsaid to them, ―Be fruitful and multiply; fillthe earth and subdue it; have dominion overthe fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,and over every living thing that moves onthe earth.‖
  25. 25. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-3129 And God said, ―See, I have given youevery herb that yields seed which is on theface of all the earth, and every tree whosefruit yields seed; to you it shall be forfood. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, toevery bird of the air, and to everything thatcreeps on the earth, in which there is life, Ihave given every green herb for food‖; and itwas so.31 Then God saw everything that Hehad made, and indeed it was very good. Sothe evening and the morning were the sixthday.
  26. 26. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes1.Large categories of extremely complex anddiverse land creatures are summed up verybriefly in these few verses. God is themaster of the understatement, thisdeliberately restrained manner of writing ispart of the extraordinary character of theBible. Innumerable books have been writtenover the course of thousands of yearsdescribing and examining the wonders ofcreation, the Bible takes only 31 verses totell who did it, what was done, in whatorder it was done, and how long it took todo it.
  27. 27. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes2. Again every ―kind‖, was distinct from thebeginning and was created with its mateand it was good.3.Everything from the micro-biotic world upto the largest of dinosaurs are included inthese short phrases, ―creeping things andbeast of the earth,‖ there is no timeseparation between any of the land animals,they were all made in one day.
  28. 28. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes4. Keep in mind that God is not limited bytime like we are, he created time formankind but he is outside of time. Thescripture says that ― one day is with the Lordas a thousand years, and a thousand years isas a day‖( II Peter 3:8). That’s why he is Godand He is due our most diligent pursuit andstudy.
  29. 29. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes5. ―And God (plural form Elohim) said, Letus make man in our image , after ourlikeness…‖ As we study who God is, thisverse gives us an obvious declaration byway of a conversant agreement, that thereis more than one person in the Godhead,His nature will continued to be revealed allthe way to the end of the Bible.
  30. 30. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes6.God has ―made all things beautiful in histime‖, as Ecclesiastes 3: 11 says, but Adamand Eve ( mankind) are the pinnacle of hiscreation in intellect and creativity, inconsciousness, in beauty, in emotion, inwill, in short in the likeness of his Creatorand bearing the unmistakable stamp of Hispersonality.
  31. 31. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes7. Notice that the first chapter of the Biblemakes sense, it begins at the beginning andis a reasonable explanation for our existencehere on earth and can be understood andcompared to the physical facts as we observethem in our life times.8. The creation with all its beauty andcomplexity is the clearest proof and mostconcrete evidence of the existence of theeternal God.
  32. 32. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 Notes9. Everything has an origin and maker, thereare no exceptions.Hebrews 3:4 For every house is built bysomeone, but He who built all things is God. The Bible makes sense! No house can builditself, someone has to design it, gather thematerials and then construct it piece bypiece. Everybody recognizes that this is theonly way a house is going to come intoexistence. Something cannot come fromnothing and it is clearly unreasonable,irrational, and unscientific to presumeotherwise.
  33. 33. THE SIXTH DAY GENESIS 1: 24-31 NotesThe understanding that God created theheavens and the earth as a one timeunrepeatable event is consistent with whatwe know and can observe. We will seeclearly how this is true when we study theevolutionary model of origins which isbased on things we do not know and cannotobserve in the real world.Lets read a few more verses into chapter twoto finish with the 7th day in this lesson.
  34. 34. THE SEVENTH DAY GENESIS 2: 1-32 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all thehost of them, were finished. 2 And on theseventh day God ended His work which Hehad done, and He rested on the seventh dayfrom all His work which He haddone. 3 Then God blessed the seventh dayand sanctified it, because in it He restedfrom all His work which God had createdand made.
  35. 35. THE SEVENTH DAY Notes1. Notice that ― the heavens and the earth were finished‖, and that God ―ended‖ his work. Not only was everything made but also all of the laws of physics were put into place that govern the complex systems that perpetuate it.2. God didn’t rest because he was tired, Isaiah 40:28 says ―28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
  36. 36. THE SEVENTH DAY Notes3. If there was ever any doubt that the six day creation account in Genesis 1 is intended to be understood literally, notice these passages where God is speaking to Moses and delivering to him the ten commandments.
  37. 37. THE SEVENTH DAY NotesExodus 20:8-11 8 ―Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  38. 38. THE SEVENTH DAY Notes4. The seven day week which remains the standard of all the earth today has an origin outside of astronomical time markers such as days, months, and years have, not only this, but there is a common pattern of six working days and a day of rest. Every effect must have a cause, our seven day week is a living witness to the truth of the original creation week that established this pattern from the beginning.
  39. 39. MANKIND BEGAN WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GODAdam and Eve knew who their Creatorwas, but it didn’t take long for them ortheir generations after them to reject theGod that made them. Soon after theywere created, mankind began toimagine different gods that they thencarved out of wood and stone after theirown image and of the forms of theanimals that God had created.
  40. 40. ROMANS 1:19-23,25,2819 because what may be known of Godis manifest in them, for God hasshown it to them.20 For since thecreation of the world Hisinvisible attributes are clearly seen,being understood by the things that aremade, even His eternal power andGodhead, so that they are withoutexcuse,
  41. 41. ROMANS 1:19-23,25,2821 because,although they knew God,they did not glorify Him as God, norwere thankful, but became futile intheir thoughts, and their foolish heartswere darkened. 22 Professing to bewise, they became fools, 23 andchanged the glory of the incorruptibleGod into an image made likecorruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
  42. 42. ROMANS 1:19-23,25,2825 who exchanged the truth of God forthe lie, and worshiped and served thecreature rather than the Creator, whois blessed forever. Amen.28 And even as they did not like toretain God in their knowledge, Godgave them over to a debased mind, todo those things which are not fitting;
  43. 43. A MYTH TO LIVE BYWhen we human beings decide thatwe don’t want to think about God, weare nevertheless still faced with thefact of our own existence along withall of the universe, so we must theninvent some alternative reality orexplanation to account for ourselvesand our behavior, in other words, amyth to live by.
  44. 44. GODS OF THE ANCIENT WORLDFor thousands of years idols made ofwood, metal, and stone took up theposition that was rightly God’s . Idolslike Ashtoreth , Baal, and Zeus weregods that were in many ways just like uswith the same frailties and desires. Thatwas characteristic of all the gods of theancient world that mankind made toreplace the one true God that they soquickly rejected.
  45. 45. THE GOD OF THE MODERN WORLDFor over a hundred and fifty years nowwe’ve had a new alternative reality thathas taken the place of those ancient,outdated idols of the past. Our new godis supposedly based on science and isespoused by the great intellects of ourtime and taught in universities theworld over as well as public schools,nature programming ,and otherpopular media. Our new god that answers all of the big questions in life is Darwin’s THEORY OF EVOLUTION.
  46. 46. EVOLUTION THEORYBriefly stated, Evolution is the theorythat millions of years ago, non-livingmatter acting upon natural forces gaveorigin to one or more living organismswhich have since evolved into all livingand extinct plants and animals includingman.Charles Darwin’s theory explained inhis book , ―The Origin of Species‖,published in 1859, has since become thedominant world view concerning theorigins of life, widely accepted as factthroughout the world.
  47. 47. T WO CHOICESThere are really only two choices when itcomes to the question of origins. Eitherwe are the product of blind chance,otherwise known as ―spontaneousgeneration‖, or we were designed andcreated along with the rest of the universewith intention and purpose by anawesome and powerful God.
  48. 48. WHICH MODEL FITS THE FACTS ?In the next few minutes we’ll try totake a very large and often complicatedsubject and condense it down to somebasic concepts that show that theevolutionary model of origins does notfit the facts as found in the real world. First lets break down the accepted definition of evolution into a brief phrase by phrase analysis.
  49. 49. NON-LIVING MATTER ‖Non-living matter acting upon natural forces ―1. Notice that the theory does notaddress the issue of the origins ofmatter, it is assumed to exist with littleor no attempt to explain it, even thepopular ―Big Bang ― theory assumesthe existence of matter even if it was,as proponents suggest, smaller thanthe period at the end of this sentence.What was it that supposedly explodedand became the entire universe?
  50. 50. NATURAL FORCES ?2. There is no explanation for the source ofthe ―natural forces ―. A theory is only asgood as the assumptions that it is foundedon ,the entire theory of evolution beginsand ends with assumptions upon whichthere is no supporting evidence. Non-livingmatter does not look for a way to improveitself, it does not think, design or plan, nordoes it have any consciousness. Cosmicevolution is pre-supposed by biologicalevolution which is, as yet, unproven.
  51. 51. THERMODYNAMICSThe First and Second Laws ofThermodynamics show that the amountof matter in the universe is constant,however the energy in the universe issteadily decreasing because in all of theprocesses in which matter is beingconverted into other forms, some of thatenergy is being permanently lost, this iscalled the Law of Entropy. Like a wind-up clock that is running down,everything tends toward deterioration.
  52. 52. THERMODYNAMICSIn short, the universe is burning out, oursun and all other stars are consumingtheir chemical energy and transformingtheir mass into light and heat energywhich cannot be converted back intosolid forms. The universe is thereforewinding down, which means there was apoint in time in which it was wound up,which leads one to believe it was allcreated at one time.
  53. 53. FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMIC( no new matter being added to the universe) Long before these laws of physics were known and named by man, the Bible clearly described each. GENESIS 2:1,2 2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
  54. 54. SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS ( Everything tends toward disorder ) PSALM 102 : 25-27 25 Of old You laid the foundation of theearth,And the heavens are the work of Yourhands.26 They will perish, but You will endure;Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;Like a cloak You will change them,And they will be changed.27 But You are the same,And Your years will have no end.
  55. 55. TRUE SCIENCE AGREES WITH THE BIBLE AND DISAGREES WITH THE THEORY OFAgain, these EVOLUTION verses draw the sharpcontrast between the two opposingmodels of origins. The Bible clearlyshows, as do the laws of science, thatmatter and available energy in theuniverse are finite and therefore cannot beself existent nor eternal.Something must be eternal in order foranything to exist, that something is not animpersonal comic energy that is formlessand nameless but rather someone that youcan come to know, even to his characterand his name.
  56. 56. Next in our examination we have: “NON-LIVING MATTER GIVING ORIGIN TO LIVING ORGANISMS”1. For something to be truly scientific, bydefinition, it has to be observable andreproduced in experiments.2. Something living has never been fobserved coming from non-living matter.3. For every effect there must be a firstcause, a prime mover. For example, everyplant on earth today came from a seed,which in turn came from a parent seed, justas every living creature, whether mankind,animal, insect or single celled organism, allcame from a parent stock, no exceptions.
  57. 57. A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPONTANEOUSAs far back GENERATION as the famous Greekphilosopher Aristotle, men believed thatlife simply sprang forth from variousmaterials. In 330 B.C. Aristotle observedthat meat, when allowed to decay, seemedto spontaneously generate maggots, thisseemed reasonable in 330 B.C.In the mid 1600’s , Jan Baptiste VanHelmont placed a sweaty shirt and grains ofwheat in a wooden box as an experiment. In21 days he discovered a mouse apparentlygnawing out of the box, this observationseemed to confirm Aristotle’s conclusionand was so reported.
  58. 58. A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPONTANEOUS GENERATION Francesco Redi, an Italian physician questioned the idea of ―spontaneous generation‖, saying that the materials would have to be isolated from the surroundings in order to have a valid outcome. He placed meat into sealed jars and allowed the meat to decay. No maggots formed nor did mice, although the meat did still spoil. The scientist of the day said that it wasonly because the air supply was also cut offthat no animals were produced in the jar.
  59. 59. A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPONTANEOUS GENERATIONSo the basic idea that creatures simplyimmerged into being from unrelatedmaterials persisted for a couple of hundredyears into the 1800s when Louis Pasteurfinally demonstrated by his experimentsthat a sample material could be spoiled byair-born micro organisms. Louis Pasteur showed conclusively that these invisible creatures were the cause of the decay and that there was nothing that, in reality, ―spontaneously generated‖.
  60. 60. SPONTANEOUS GENERATION PERSIST INTO DARWINS’ THEORYIn the 1800s the idea was still veryprevalent and was integrated into Darwin’stheory of Evolution by which ―simple‖ lifeforms are supposed to arise spontaneouslyfrom random chemical combinations.Fast forward to today and what do youthink is being taught throughout the worldby those thought to be the smartest peopleon the planet, ―spontaneous generation‖. Ithas never been observed in the real worldnor repeated in experiments and istherefore unscientific and yet believed andtaught by many as though proven as fact.
  61. 61. SPONTANEOUS GENERATION PERSIST INTO DARWINS’ THEORYIn the 1800’s Darwin assumed that smalllife forms were simple and large life formswere complex, in the 1800’s that seemedreasonable. Evolution is supposed to start with singlecelled organisms and gradually developinto multi-celled organisms. By todaysstandards Darwin’s microscope wasprimitive, cells seemed little more thanstains through his eyes, incapable ofcomprehending the complexity of thecellular, molecular, or chemical level of life.
  62. 62. SPONTANEOUS GENERATION PERSIST INTO DARWINS’ THEORYWith todays electron microscope amongother imaging tools we can now see thesehighly complex molecular machines inamazing detail. The single celled bacterialflagellum, for example, boast a rotarypropeller and has the most efficient motorknown to man. The filament rotates to100,000 RPM’s, it can start or stop and go inforward and reverse, they are so small that8,000,000 of them can fit in the cross sectionof a human hair. Needless to say, there areno ―simple‖ life forms.
  63. 63. SPONTANEOUS GENERATION PERSIST INTO DARWINS’ THEORYHere is the point, the smallest living thingsare extremely complicated designs whichlive, move, eat, and reproduce throughcomplicated codes, that is, geneticinformation.All human knowledge and experience tellsus that complex coded information comesonly from intelligence, never from blindchance. The theory of evolution does notand can not explain the source of thishighly organized information that isinherent and obvious in the smallest of lifeforms.
  64. 64. Next in our examination we have:“ LIVING ORGANISM EVOLVINGINTO ALL LIVING AND EXTINCT PLANTS AND ANIMALS INCLUDING MAN” This assertion contradicts the laws ofscience, genetics , biology, paleontology andnumerous other disciplines. f The Law of Entropy which states that allthings tend from order to disorder, to breakdown over time rather than build up,applies here. Evolution contradicts this wellestablished law, the non-living becomeliving and the living constantly add newinformation creating more and morecomplex life, from no knowledge or will.
  65. 65. NEW SPECIES EVOLVING? One species evolving into a new anddifferent species contradicts the Law of Bio-genesis which states that life only comesfrom life like itself, or in the words ofGenesis 1, ―after its own kind‖.Again the Genesis account is in perfectagreement with the facts as found in thereal world, evolution is not. There arelimited variations within the genetic codeof each kind which was designed topromote the adaptability and survival ofeach kind, but one kind never becomesanother kind.
  66. 66. NEW SPECIES EVOLVING? Notice these Bible verses from; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:38,39 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. Different kinds of plants and animals areextremely well defined and complete fromthe start, there is no evidence of gradualdevelopment either now or in the fossilrecord of the past, which leads us to the nextsubject for consideration.
  67. 67. THE FOSSIL RECORDThe evidence that the evolutionists’ needsto establish his claims are fossils showing agradual step by step development of single-celled organisms into larger multi-celledlife forms. These fossils of transitionalforms of life would be needed betweenevery major plant and animal kind.Examples of these intermediate stagesshould be numerous if, as they claim, theprocess took millions of years. When we compare the two models oforigins to the facts as found in the realworld, once again , the evidence betweenthe two piles up neatly on one side.
  68. 68. WHICH MODEL FITS THE FACTS ? THE EVOLUTIONARY MODEL predictsinnumerable transitional forms that linkprevious ones should be found in the fossilrecord. New kinds should be seen arisinggradually showing incomplete bones andorgans in transitional stages plus left overparts from previous stages. THE CREATION MODEL predictscomplex life forms appearing suddenly inthe fossil record in great varieties with nolinking forms and no incomplete bones ororgans. Both living and extinct plants andanimals should be well defined andcomplete.
  69. 69. WHICH MODEL FITS THE FACTS ? The fossil record settles the issueconclusively, it shows that all life formsappeared suddenly, very complex and fullydeveloped with no left over parts. The ―missing link‖ that evolutionistshave been searching for since the time ofDarwin is still missing, in fact the wholechain is missing, not only betweenmonkeys and men, but between everyspecies in the micro-organism, plant,insect, invertebrate, vertebrate, fish,amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal and mankinds, not to mention extinct kinds like thedinosaurs which appear out of no where,nothing preceding them and nothing likethem following, theyre simply there.
  70. 70. THE FOSSIL RECORD Is this the missing link between reptileand bird? NO. This is a bird! TheArchaeopteryx had wings, feathers, and itflew. Feathers are highly specializedstructures that have a hook and eyeletdesign for the zippering and unzipperingnecessary for efficient flight, theArchaeopteryx feathers offer no clues as tohow a reptile scale could evolve into a birdfeather. The fact that it had claws on itswings doesn’t prove that it is of reptilianancestry, so does the Ostrich and theHoatzin but no one is claiming that they are―missing links‖.
  71. 71. THE FOSSIL RECORD To further widen the gap, consider that reptiles are cold blooded while birds are warm blooded, reptile bones are solid while birds are hollow, birds have different respiratory systems than any other animal, reptiles have five toes while birds have four, reptiles have a three chambered heart while birds have four, plus birds fly while reptiles don’t (flying is really hard and lizards don’t know how). Beside of all of this, the living bird knownas the Hoatzin shares many of the samequalities as the Archaeopteryx. Reptiles arereptiles and birds are birds and there is noevidence that one became another.
  72. 72. THE FOSSIL RECORD Is this the missing link between fish andamphibian? NO. The Coelacanth is a fish! Ithas fins not feet, gills not lungs, swimsdoesn’t walk, has scales not skin, has acontinuous backbone without a pelvis,unlike amphibians, has a two chamberedheart rather than three as amphibians doand no elbow joint on any fin. Besides allof this, there is no difference between thesupposed 400,000,000 year old fossils andthe living Coelacanths caught regularly byfishermen, in other words, where’s theevolution? It is not in the fossil record.
  73. 73. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MAN Although it would take much time to do athorough examination of each of theproposed links between apes and men, wecan get a feel for this field of study with abrief review of the most popular candidates.Is this the missing link between ape andman? NO. Based on a few teeth and jawfragments, Ramapithecus was considered tobe a man-like ape, Dr. Tolley has recentlyreported that a species of Baboon in Ethiopiahas the same dental and jaw characteristics.Other anthropologist have agreed thatRamapithecus was simply an ape.
  74. 74. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. These are the bone fragments ofan ape! Found in 1924, Australopithecineswhere thought to have both ape and manlike features. Dr Richard Leakey publishedevidence that indicated that they were longarmed, short legged knuckle walkers verysimilar to living African apes. Don’t let thefacts get in the way of a fertile humanimagination.
  75. 75. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. This is the knee bone of anextinct elephant! The race of java man wasbuilt from a leg bone three teeth and whatwas thought to be a skull cap found sixtyfeet apart where human sculls where alsofound. Newspapers announced, ‖Perfectscull found of prehistoric man‖, ―Missinglink found‖, this was repeated in schooltext books. Thirty-two years later Dr. AlexHerdlicka exposed the ―Perfect scull‖ to bethe knee bone of an extinct elephant.
  76. 76. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. This was the scull of a man! Atthe International Congress ofZoology,1958, Dr. A.J. Cave said that hisexamination showed the Neanderthalskeleton found in France was that of an oldman who suffered from arthritis. Later SirFred Hoyle, paleontologist for BritainsNatural History Museum stated, ―there isno evidence that Neanderthal man was inany way inferior to ourselves‖.
  77. 77. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. This is the scull of a man! Oneof the earliest and best established fossils,Cro-magnon man was at least equal inphysique and brain capacity to modernman, … so what is the difference?
  78. 78. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. This is a pigs tooth! At thefamous Scopes trial in Dayton, Tennessee,the Nebraska man was presented by leadingscientific authorities as proof of evolution.They scoffed and laughed at William Bryanwhen he protested at the scanty evidence.The evidence was that of a tooth that wassupposed to have come from pre-historicman from which they built a whole race ofman, being confident of where they livedand what they looked like. Years later, whenmore fossils were unearthed, Nebraska manturned out to be a pig.
  79. 79. THE FOSSIL RECORD MONKEY TO MANIs this the missing link between ape andman? NO. This was a hoax! In 1912Charles Dawson brought forth thePiltdown man. A piece of a jaw, two teethand a piece of scull was the evidenceclaimed by experts as that of an ape-manwho was about 500,000 years old. But in1953 the hoax was exposed. The jawbonewas that of an ape, the teeth filed downand bones artificially colored to deceivethe public. The ease with which this fraudfooled the world’s greatest authoritiesillustrates the powerful influence ofpreconceived ideas among evolutionist.
  80. 80. THE FOSSIL RECORD CONCLUTIONAll of these supposed transitional formswere based on 98% (or more) imaginationand wishful thinking, the evolutionists’are grasping for straws to make theirtheory seem credible and forcing bonescraps to say what they refuse to say.―Why if species have descended from otherspecies by fine graduations, do we not seeeverywhere innumerable transitionalforms? Why is all nature not in confusioninstead of species being, as we see them,well defined‖ ? CHARLES DARWIN
  81. 81. THE FOSSIL RECORD As a footnote to this section, evolutionistmake much of the similarities betweenvarious creatures in such disciplines asEmbryology, Homology, and Morphology,claiming that these likenesses show acommon ancestry. There are also similarities between differentkinds of cars and trucks, that is because theyare all designed to carry passengers on roadssafely, that is why some parts are common toall of them. So why are there some similarities betweenmany animal species; because they were alldesigned to live on the same planet, breaththe same air, eat the same foods and share thesame resources.
  82. 82. All creatures that live on earth are designedfor life on earth, although there are strikingdifferences between species for which thereare no transitional forms as previouslyobserved. Similarities does not mean that lifeon earth has a single common ancestor butrather a single common Creator. In reality, Darwin’s ― tree of life‖ iscompletely up-side-down, the numbers anddiversity of life is not increasing but ratherconstantly decreasing. Each time the lastspecimen of a plant or animal dies on earthits unique DNA code is lost forever, never toreturn, this is what the fossil record shows, asteady decline in genetic information not asteady increase. Permanent extinction, nonew kinds evolving.
  83. 83. THE FOSSIL RECORD A word about “ Theistic Evolution” Many well meaning people attempt tounify the two opposing explanations oforigins by interpreting the Genesis accountof creation as figurative or symbolic. Thisidea makes as much sense as trying to unifyAtheism and Theism, it is futile. In Matthew 19 : 4 , Jesus affirms that Adamand Eve were made at the ―beginning‖,male and female, they did not come aftermillions of years of misfits!
  84. 84. THE FOSSIL RECORD A word about “ Theistic Evolution” The Evolutionary model would also requiremillions of years of death and decay whichthe Bible clearly denies in Romans 5 : 12―12 Therefore, just as through one man sinentered the world, and death through sin,and thus death spread to all men, becauseall sinned—‖ There is no way to harmonize these twoopposing views, one is completely right andthe other is completely wrong.
  85. 85. STILL REPRODUCING AFTER THEIR OWN KINDYou are not descended from a long line ofmisfits, you are descended from Adam andEve and therefore made in the image of God!MONKEY – GOODMANKIND – GOODHALF-MONKEY HALF-MAN – NOT GOOD,NOT FOUND!
  86. 86. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENTIf you were hiking through the woods andyou saw a candy wrapper lying among theleaves, you would recognize instantly thatthis object was designed by a personsomewhere, and also someone had beenthere before you arrived. One of the reasons you would haveidentified the candy wrapper instinctivelyis because it is symmetrical, that is, thesame on both sides, perhaps rectangle inshape with a printed pattern.
  87. 87. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT Would you have noticed that the leaveslying all around the candy wrapper werealso symmetrical and required a designerthat dropped them there before youarrived? That’s Teleology, the logicalconclusion that design requires a designerand the greater the design, the greater thedesigner.
  88. 88. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT We all recognize design instinctively fromchildhood forward, but how? The following is a list that is anintellectual rather than intuitive breakdownof design criteria that separates purposefuland intentional design from objects ofrandom forms of matter, like the differencebetween a rock and an arrow head. One hasno particular form whereas the other,although still a rock, was designed for apurpose.
  89. 89. DESIGN CRITERIA1. An object that is IMPROBABLE, that is, outside of the laws of physical probability, exhibiting one or more of the following attributes.2. Symmetry of form in size, shape, and position in relationship to an axis or center.3. Coordination or organization of parts to form a whole unit.4. Uniformity in style or repetition.5. SPECIFICITY- information involved with an object that is outside the realm of chance occurrence.6. Sequential specificity or well defined order.7. Functional specificity or purpose.
  90. 90. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIAThe more complex the object, the morepoints of this list are demonstrated in thedesign, also, the greater the complexity ofthe design, the more remote the possibilityit could have occurred by chance. Lets look at a couple of manmadeexamples; first, an arrow. Even a youngchild can look at these three rocks andeasily pick out which one has been alteredfrom its natural form for a special purpose.Consider our checklist regarding an arrow.
  91. 91. DESIGN CRITERIA1. Does it have symmetry?2. As a complete arrow,(point, shaft and fletching), is there coordination of parts to form a whole?3. Is there repetition?4. Is there sequential specificity?5. Is there functional specificity or purpose?
  92. 92. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA Note that the organization of partsmultiplies nearly infinitely theimprobability of an object occurring bychance. In this example, adding the bow thatshoots the arrow as part of the coordinationof components once again adds to theimpossibility of chance occurrence.
  93. 93. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA The amount of information, skill andintellect required to achieve the simplest ofhuman inventions is staggering whencarefully considered. In this example aworking knowledge of materials and theirproperties, weights, aerodynamics, tensionand tools to name a few. Remember that what we are testing here iswhether or not these sample objects couldbe the result of chance random occurrence orcould they only be the products of anintelligent designer and maker.
  94. 94. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA Consider one more manmade example. DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA Is it simple or is it complex?Remember that the greater the complexity of the object, the more remote the possibility that it could have occurred by chance.Lets run the video camera through the same design test.
  95. 95. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA1. Does it have elements of symmetrical form?2. Does it have organization and coordination of parts?3. Does it have uniformity of style or repetition?4. Is there specific information within the object?5. Is there a well defined order within the object?6. Does it have a specific function or purpose?
  96. 96. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA Much more detail could be given indescribing the inner workings of a videocamera but, in your opinion, is there anypossibility that a video camera could comeinto existence by blind chance? Here is another question, if all of theindividual parts of the video camera wereplaced in a shoe box and shaken randomlyfor a thousand years could this video camerareassemble itself by chance? What if it was shaken for a million years? What if it was shaken for a billion years?
  97. 97. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (A note about time) The point is that even if the matter existand all of the parts are there, there isnothing magical about time that candesign, organize and assemble even thesimplest of objects much less those ofgreat complexity. There is an automaticassumption in evolutionary ideology thatsomething mysterious and grandhappened in the past that is not happeningin the present but immense faith is givento time to cover these miraculous events ofthe past with little need to explain it in thepresent.
  98. 98. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (A note about time) Time is the hopeful god of theevolutionist, if you remove the element oftime then the absurdity and impossibilityof the theory is clearly revealed. Mutation and natural selection aretypically sited as the mechanisms forevolution but these require alreadyexisting complex living organisms tomutate or select from. The survival of thefittest has nothing to do with the arrival ofthe fit for which the theory gives norational cause .
  99. 99. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT (A note about time)magic For the evolutionists, time is thepotion that is supposed to solve all of theinnumerable problems with the theory.Time is the great creator, (god), that bringsabout innumerable galaxies from aninvisible and unknowable ―infinitelysmall‖ dot, (their words not mine), creatingorder from chaos, life from non-life,increase of genetic information from noknowledge and complexity and diversityfrom no designer .
  100. 100. THE TELEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT DESIGN CRITERIA Now back to design criteria.We’ll consider just one example from lifethat we’re all familiar with. The digital video camera that we’ve justlooked at is the closest manmade objectcomparable to our next examination. Canyou guess what it is?
  101. 101. THE HUMAN EYE For the sake of time, the most abbreviateddescription is given in the following slidesfor our purposes. First, the job of the eye is to condense andconvert light waves from the outside worldinto electro-chemical connections in theback of your brain, the visual cortex, andthereby produce a full color, sharp focus,moving picture inside our heads. Howdoes it do it?
  102. 102. THE HUMAN EYE The Cornea begins the process ofrefracting light waves , it is the first lens ofyour eye and is a precise shape that ismaintained by a pressurized fluid calledthe Aqueous Humor. The Cornea and thewhites of your eye are constantly washedwith a special anti-bacterial fluid producedby special glands and distributed byinvoluntary blinking to prevent infection.
  103. 103. THE HUMAN EYE The colored part of your eye, the Iris, is aself adjusting aperture which automaticallyopens or closes using tiny muscles that arecomposed in both a radiant form foropening and a circular form for closing,this also happens automatically whilemaintaining a perfect circle to allow justthe right amount of light in. This functionis controlled by a network of light sensitivecells that react instantly to changingconditions.
  104. 104. THE HUMAN EYEBehind the Iris is the second lens thatrefines and finishes the job of refractinglight waves to focus on things near or faraway. This transparent lens is suspended inexactly the right place by a myriad ofmicroscopic, clear ligaments that stretch orcondense the lens form for sharp focus invarying distances instantly and againautomatically, you have no awareness of ithappening.
  105. 105. THE HUMAN EYE The light waves pass through anotherpressurized, transparent, gel-like substancecalled the Vitreous Humor which helps tohold the precise shape of the eye so thatthere is no distortion as the image crossesand lands up-side down on the perfectlycurved back of the eye called the Retina.
  106. 106. THE HUMAN EYE In the analogy of the camera, the Retina islike the digital back of the camera with allof its light receiving pixels. The multi-layered Retina is filled withprecisely arranged photo receptor cells thatperceive both black and white, (Rods), andcolor, (Cones), light waves. There are about375 million of these rods and cones,needless to say any digital camera wouldbe envious of such high definition!
  107. 107. THE HUMAN EYE All of these photo receptor cells areattached to optic nerve fibers that bundleinto the central optic nerve which ispositioned slightly low on the sphere of theRetina to avoid a potential blind spot inyour vision. The Macula is a special place positioned within the center of your field of vision that is highly packed with Rods and Cones and at the center of the Macula is the Fovea where the Rods thin out completely and a dense concentration of Cones create the sharpest focus area of your vision.
  108. 108. THE HUMAN EYE We haven’t even touched on the chemistryof vision wherein there is a cascade ofchemical processes difficult to describe orimagine, and besides all of this ourknowledge of what happens in the visualcortex of the brain where all of thosemillions of bundled nerve fibers areredistributed into precise destinationsremains a mystery.
  109. 109. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX? The fact that the eye meets the designcriteria is obvious, there is symmetry,coordination of parts, repetition, specificinformation, sequential specificity andpurpose. If we can discern intellect, planning, and design in an arrowhead or a camera, how is it that we can fail to recognize it in something infinitely more complex and living?
  110. 110. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX? This is an insurmountable problem forthe evolutionist because there are no simpleeyes in any creature, just as there are nosimple living creatures. All creatures that have eyes, have eyes thatare custom made for their particular needs,the differences in eyes shows clearly thatthey did not ―evolve‖ from a common eye.Housefly eyes are best for houseflies, hawkeyes are best for hawks, squid eyes are bestfor squids, and human eyes are best forhumans.
  111. 111. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX? Just as there are different kinds of camerasdesigned for different needs, we wouldnever conclude that because there aredifferent kinds of cameras, none weredesigned! This thinking is ridicules , justas evolutionary explanations are ridicules. Notice that we keep saying ―eyes‖ not―eye‖. If it is impossible to get one eyefrom blind chance, two identical eyesevolving in the same head for every specieson earth multiplies infinitely the oddsagainst it!
  112. 112. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT Our two eyesCOMPLEX? together move in tandemperceiving exact distances such as you needto thread a needle. What about the possibility of one ear,which is equally as complex as one eyeevolving by blind chance in the same headfor every species on earth, and then anotheridentical ear, every tiny complex partreversed, evolving by blind chance on theother side. Are you beginning to see theabsurdity of this scenario? Right eye lefteye, right ear left ear, right hand left hand,right foot left foot, every bone, muscle,vein, etcetera, perfectly mirrored.
  113. 113. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX?You can see why evolutionists continue toconveniently overlook these facts, thesefacts are impossible to reconcile by anynaturalistic approach to origins. Lets compound some more problems bynoting that eyes cannot function bythemselves, they must have the brain tointerpret; but the brain cannot function byitself, it must have oxygen provided by thelungs; but the lungs cannot function bythemselves, they must have the heart todistribute the oxygen and nutrientsthroughout the body etc.
  114. 114. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX? The simple fact is that unless the wholebody is complete, with the organs and all ofthe complex systems of the human bodyexisting and functioning, nothing works,because the systems of the body are inter-dependant, not independent. This is truenot only of the human body but of everyother body that exist now and has existed inthe past. The same principle is true of theentire ecology of the earth, the life that existhere is interdependent , not independent.
  115. 115. IS IT SIMPLE OR IS IT COMPLEX? Do you think it’s reasonable to believe thatthe undirected element of chance chemicalcombinations could have ever created theindividually complex components of yourbody as well as assembled them together intheir precise order to produce such a marvelas your body? The theory of evolution saysit’s reasonable and it happened, all byitself.
  116. 116. FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADEHere’s the truth, you are fearfully andwonderfully made by the Creator of all theuniverse who wants you to get to knowHim through his inspired Word. Unfortunately, many people relinquishtheir thinking to the ― experts ― when itcomes to theoretical science, they assumeothers know more about it and thereforecommon sense has no legitimate place inthe discussion of origins.
  117. 117. FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE Let us not become so open-minded thatour brains fall out! The Bible says that it isa fool who says in his heart, there is noGod, (Psalm 14:1), and that there would beoppositions of science, falsely so called,( 1Timothy 6 : 20, 21) , and that mankindwould become futile and foolish in theirthoughts while at the same time professingthemselves to be wise and then exchangethe truth of God for a lie and worship andserve the creature rather than the Creatorbecause they did not like to retain God intheir knowledge,( Romans 1: 21- 28 ).
  118. 118. “IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH” The truth about origins cannot bedetermined independent of Gods revealedWord. No matter how much money is spent,intellects applied, larger telescopes andfiner microscopes constructed, mankind,left to himself, will never know the originof the universe. The proof of this assertionis found in the dead- end, out-dated,unscientific, irrational, delusional theory ofevolution that no evidence supports butthat the whole world seems committed tobelieve, even though it most likely thatCharles Darwin himself would reject if heknew what we know today.
  119. 119. Today’s evolutionary scientist shouldlearn to be at least as skeptical as theirfounder and allow the facts to dictate theirconclusions rather than being bogged downby preconceived ideas that have long sincebeen proven wrong. Our Creator sized up such foolish men bythe prophets long ago, consider their words. ― Hear, O heavens, and give ear O earth!For the Lord has spoken: I have nourishedand brought up children, and they haverebelled against Me; The ox knows itsowner and the donkey its master’s crib; butIsrael does not know, My people do notconsider.‖ Isaiah 1:2-3
  120. 120. Isaiah 29 : 14-16...For the wisdom of their wise men shallperish,And the understanding of theirprudent men shall be hidden.‖15 Woe to those who seek deep to hidetheir counsel far from the LORD,And their works are in the dark;They say, ―Who sees us?‖ and, ―Whoknows us?‖16 Surely you have things turned around!Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;For shall the thing made say of him whomade it,―He did not make me‖?Or shall the thing formed say of himwho formed it,―He has no understanding‖?
  121. 121. Psalm 100 : 3-53 Know that the LORD, He is God;It is He who has made us, and not weourselves;We are His people and the sheep of Hispasture.4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,And into His courts with praise.Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.5 For the LORD is good;His mercy is everlasting,And His truth endures to all generations.
  122. 122. Proverbs 1 : 77 The fear of the LORD is thebeginning of knowledge,But fools despise wisdom andinstruction.
  123. 123. THE PHILOSOPHY OF EVOLUTION As we have seen, belief in the Creator isbased on what we do know while evolutionis based on what we do not know, in otherwords, ignorance. At its core, Evolution is not as much a science as it is a philosophical system. It is a religion, more accurately, that places mankind in the center of the universe as the most highly evolved creature on the evolutionary tree. And so, if man is the measure of all things, there are no limits to the perverted philosophies, attitudes, and behaviors to which mankind can descend.
  124. 124. THE PHILOSOPHY OF EVOLUTION Selective breeding of man, infanticide,moral relativism, situational ethics,changing definitions of what is right andwrong are but a few of the naturalconsequences of this teaching. How would the philosophy of social Darwinism answer the big questions that we posed earlier in the lesson?1. Who am I ? ( What am I worth ?) Answer;Nothing. You are randomly assembled bitsof protoplasm, a problem for theenvironment, a drain on resources, you areoverpopulating the planet and therefore anundesirable intruder on earth.
  125. 125. THE PHILOSOPHY OF EVOLUTION 2. Where did I come from ? You are theproduct of self existent matter that , overbillions of years of random clashes withother matter resulted in a thing that eats,moves, and reproduces. 3. Why am I here ? ( What is my purpose. )There is no purpose, no reason, no plan norany goals for your existence, there are norules nor any absolute laws to guide you. 4. Where am I going ? ( What happenswhen I die? ) Your life will end in deathand then you will decay and become foodfor worms and bacteria and fertilizer forplants, there is nothing more.
  126. 126. READY FOR SOME HOPE ? When we simply accept the overwhelmingevidence that the Bible is true, theneverything begins to fall into place like thepieces of a thousand piece puzzle, the Bibleis like the photograph on the box cover thatshows you the big picture so that all thepieces fit together and make sense.We don’t have to guess what the answersare to life’s big questions, or accept theanswers of foolish men, we can know withabsolute certainty what the answers arebecause the God of the universe has toldus. Lets take a second look at these four bigquestions trusting that God knows theanswers.
  127. 127. LET GOD ANSWER THE BIG QUESTIONS1 & 2. Who are you and where did you comefrom? You are the special creation of God,made after his image and his likeness, youare a descendent of Adam and Eve who werethe parents of all people on earth today. 3. Why are you here? To come to know andto love and to listen to the God of creationwho brings blessings and truth andabundance to your life.4. Where am I going? When you have arelationship with God, He has promisedeternal life in heaven where He is and hasprepared a place for all of the faithful whoput their trust in Him and His son Jesus.
  128. 128. CONCLUSION You were created with everything youneed to have a relationship with yourCreator whom you’ve already begun toknow through His creation. Let us end thislesson with a few beautiful verses from aPsalm of David. ― The heavens declare the glory of God andthe firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night untonight reveals knowledge.‖ Psalm 19 : 1,2With lessons 1 & 2 accomplished we’renow ready to launch into the stories,principles, and prophecies of the OldTestament text next in lesson 3.

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