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Created or Self-Caused? 2

2010-01-17 Gen 1:1



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“There are no absolutes” is a self-defeating proposition.



Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Lk 1:4 that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.


1. Truth is not determined by belief, feeling, experience (eye-witness filters faulty) nor majority opinion,  but Truth is that which best explains all the facts, discovered at the convergence of  authenticated Revelation, Reason, and Reality (accord with “natural” laws).

Scientific proof: Hypothesis considered reasonably accurate by empirical data that is: observable, repeatable, in a controlled environment.

2. The only way a finite being can know infinite Truth is if an infinite being reveals it to them. Is there any record/proof?

3.Created or eternal (purpose) e. the 1st and 2nd observable laws of thermodynamics    (1st Conservation of matter; 2nd entropy)

4. A Creator with the power to create a purposeful universe, would have the power to communicate so that His creation could understand that purpose.

5. Monkeys can’t type  Environment that could have formed an amino acid link would have destroyed it the next second.

6. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. R Lewontin, NY Review, p31 1/9/97 AIG

7. Floods, Arks, Fossils, Trilobites, Octopi, Overthrusts, Dinosaurs, Dating and Wooly Mammoths

Gen 7:19… all the high hills were covered  Marine fossils on Mt Everest?How do you fossilize a jellyfish? Or how can a glacier catch a wooly mammoth?



Hydroplate Theory Walter Brown http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/index.html  www.samizdat.qc.ca/cosmos/origines/hydroplaques/engl.htm#

Noah’s Ark: a Feasibility Study answersingenesis.org/creation/v19/i2/animals.asp 1.7 miles  522 boxcars 16k species/240ea=67cars

http://www.pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia/Encyclopedia/12fos08.htm  See www.icr.org
Overthrusts Lewis in Glacier National Park 135x15x3 miles, on top of undisturbed shale;   cf Matterhorn 30-60 miles without a trace

Moon 10k 2m 28b; 1.5”/yr move 20k fall into earth; 3” dust vs 182’-20miles pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia
Sun shrinks  1.5km/yr x 1 million yr=boil eart’ x210 million =on earth http://www.hbclz.org/Content/10048/118361.pdf
Carbon Dating 50k max christiananswers.net/q-aig/aig-c007.html cf. Mt Saint Helen;Hawaii 1801 12Carbon=6protons+6electorns+6neutorns 612C6neutrons
Formation 1n + 714N7 ®614C8 + 1H0  Beta decay (radiation)  614C8 ® 714N7 +[proton®neutron with the emission of a positron and a neutrino (p® n+e++?)]

In Australia, some wood was clearly buried in the lava flow that formed the basalt, as can be seen from the charring. The wood was “dated” by radiocarbon (14C) analysis at about 45,000 years old, but the basalt was “dated” by potassium-argon method at 45 million years old![19]

Grand Canyon top is “270 million years” older than bottom http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-radioactive.html

"When the blood of a seal, freshly killed at McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic was tested by carbon-14, it showed the seal had died 1,300 years   
ago." (W. Dort Jr., Ph.D. Geology, Prof, Univ of Kansas, in Antarctic Journal of the United States, 1971.
"The hair on the Chekurovka mammoth was found to have a carbon-14 age of 26,000 years but the peaty soil in which is was preserved was 
found to have a carbon-14 dating of only 5,600 years." (Radiocarbon Journal, Vol. 8, 1966.)  Decay rate –half life of 14C= 5370 years 

Unprovable/Disproven assumptions have to be made such as: http://www.pathlights.com/ce_encyclopedia/Encyclopedia/Cre-Ev-Enc-TOC.htm
a. The starting conditions are known (eg, that there was no daughter isotope present at the start, or that we know how much was there). b. Decay rates have always been constant. c. Systems were closed or isolated so that no parent or daughter isotopes were lost or added.


8. Accurate information about “what happens on the other side” must be based upon authenticated Revelation. John 3:13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15  that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…21 (cf Jn 1:12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name). ESSENCE of BELIEF: Christ’s death is a satisfactory substitute payment for one’s sins. (Rm 5:8)


Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:

  1. Can someone believe in Christ as Savior without believing in Him as Creator? Can one believe in heaven with buying inerrancy?
  2. If both science and religion are “untrustworthy” how can we know what’s true? Is it possible to just ignore it all?  (World view)
  3. What difference does it make in someone’s life if the God of the Scriptures is indeed the Creator of the universe and humanity?
  4. If God has designed every physical element with exact purpose and specs/tolerances, what does that say about our purpose?
  5. Why are people so quick to put their faith is unproven, unreasonable, “scientific” theories (life came from an eternal exploding dot)?