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Ex Nihilo, Right?

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‘But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.’  ~ Mark 10:6  

As it regards Creation, I hold to the traditional Literal 6/24 interpretation of Genesis.  To me, the phrase, ‘And there was evening and there was morning, the first day’ indicates a 24-hour day, rather than another, indeterminate amount of time.  Still, as I have often mentioned, good and godly Christians can (and often do) disagree on certain points.  Most often, the argument against the 6/24 interpretation is based on the timelessness of God (His eternity) in conjunction with what is known as the ‘Old Earth’ evidence around us. 

In that vein, I would offer this point for thought: Imagine you come upon a burning candle.  A person of authority (a teacher/ professor with knowledge of candles) tells you that the candle was made 12 inches long, that it burns at a rate of one-quarter inch per hour, and that it is currently 8 inches long.  How long has the candle been burning?   One’s first reaction may be to answer that, according to the data (and assuming it is reliable), the candle has been burning for 16 hours.  However, there is much we do not know about the history of the candle.  Has it burnt consecutively—or was it snuffed for some time before being relit by some unseen hand?  If so, for how long?  Or, perhaps, there was some catastrophic event which sped the candle’s demise, such as having an inch or two cut off from the end before one of it’s (possible) many lightings? 

That is how I would suggest we look at the ‘evidence’ around us.  Can we be sure that the processes supported by Day-Age Theory, secular Evolution, or another, non-Biblical explanation have been constant and consistent?  Or, could there have been a catastrophic event (perhaps a global Flood) to speed up or alter the processes which many now assume have been constant from the Beginning?  Or, in my opinion, should we, when ‘science’ and the Bible are in conflict–or at least appear to be so–always presuppose the Bible to be correct? 

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In light of the recent Sunday School discussions concerning the Second Commandment and the manner in which we worship God, I thought that I would link to this article.  I am not doing so in order to be retributive (godly people may certainly disagree over non-essential matters of doctrine) nor to be snide; however, whether one’s response to the article is in light of my position on the matter—which is in accord with the Westminster Larger Catechism’s teachings on the subject—or in opposition to my opinion, I am certain that nearly all who read it will have a passionate opinion. 

The question then becomes: Why did we react as we did?  After all, it is not Jesus. Again, I am linking to the piece in order to drive the discussion, NOT to be divisive.  I hold no animus towards anyone who disagrees with me on this subject but I think it is important enough to discuss and consider. 

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The other day, Janelle posted a discussion of her affinity for Fall in Tennessee, due in no small part to the beauty of the changing leaves.  I ran across this article which speaks to that and thought those of you not from Texas may find it interesting: Do Leaves Die?

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Many in the US military think Bush and Cheney are out of control.

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‘Suppose my lord were wrong in going to war. I reply: If you know for sure that he is wrong, then you should fear God rather than men, Acts 4 [5:29], and you should neither fight nor serve, for you cannot have a good conscience before God. “Oh, no,” you say, “my lord would force me to do it; he would take away my fief and would not give me my money, pay, and wages. Besides, I would be despised and put to shame as a coward, even worse, as a man who did not keep his word and deserted his lord in need.” I answer: You must take that risk and, with God’s help, let whatever happens, happen. He can restore it to you a hundredfold, as he promises in the gospel, “Whoever leaves house, farm, wife, and property, will receive a hundredfold,” etc. [Matt. 19:29].’  ~ Martin Luther, cited in War and Christian Ethics, p. 159.

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“An Atlas, whose back is bowed and whose hands are busy holding up the world, has no arms to lift to deal with his own defense. Increase his burdens and you will crush him…This is our present posture.’  ~ Joseph Kennedy on the American Atlas  

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The invasion of the U.S. continues. 

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Quebec Legislature bans the use of another slur word.  Is it the ‘N-Word’?  Or the ‘L-Word’?  No—it’s the ‘WV-Word.’ 

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Mark Driscoll, please call your office.  ‘I’m sorry that too many Christians can’t discern between meekness and weakness.’

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‘[Sabrina Rahim] is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses.’ 

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To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Tom Petty

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Written by ninepoundhammer

October 18, 2007 at 9:31 pm

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  1. Matt, you will always get me commenting when you mention creation. I really like your candle metaphor.

    Concerning the timing of creation, I hope to eventually develop a well researched opinion combining the biblical narrative, Einstein’s relativity, and the slew of measuring sticks scientists use. The relativity will be a crucial factor because it affects how time behaves. For the moment, I think the narrative is clear that the days were marked by the cycle of light and dark. But this is ambiguous due to the fact that the Sun and moon weren’t assigned to them until the fourth day.

    Switching topics, the essential question in the case of the chocolate Jesus: Is anyone worshiping it? I hope not.

    The question that we probably are asking ourselves: Should we tolerate irreverence done to our Lord? The world has already done its worst unto him and He proved victorious. Our concerns should be in glorifying Him. If the artist’s intention was to glorify I don’t think he quiet got there (besides maybe media coverage).

    A side question: Is it a breech of the second commandment to artistically depict Christ? I disagree with Westminster on not making any images of Christ on the grounds that Christ’s physical embodiment needs to be remembered. We shouldn’t worship the image obviously but I think an artist can honor God and provide a service to the church by depicting Christ.

    Jacob

    October 19, 2007 at 4:55 pm

  2. Jacob:
    The one thing I don’t want to do is impugn the motives of many well-meaning folks whose aim is to honour God in their artistry, which is certainly the case much, if not most, of the time. Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, etc., at face value, did just that. Likewise, it is not the worship of the image that I think is the sticking point–at least for most of us who can agree that is ALWAYS wrong.

    However, as the Westminster Confession and Catechisms point out (which are just a synthesis of Scripture) is that ANY image we make is, due to our fallen nature and finite being, a corrupted, imperfect image (Romans 1:23-25). When we try to embody the perfect, holy, infinite Creator of the Universe–whether our motives are pure or not–we make an imperfect one which can be seen as an insult to God.

    Besides, when you get right down to it, the image we create is what WE think God SHOULD look like; it is what WE perceive as the perfect image. (How prideful is that?!)

    Again, I know people have good motives much of the time and they are seeking to honour God through their talents. But that is not the point, really.

    ninepoundhammer

    October 19, 2007 at 5:27 pm

  3. we should have a wwf style battle royale with pastors. throw 30 pastors into the ring and see who comes out on top.

    odds are on driscoll

    revolution

    October 19, 2007 at 11:35 pm


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