Summary: This is the first message in a ’jet tour’ overview of the Bible, w/ free PowerPoints. Seeing the Designer and refuting evolution. Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
The Bible – From Beginning to End Using the Twenty Cs
Creation, Corruption, Cataclysm, Confusion, Call, Castaways, Camp, Conquest, Crown, Captivity, Construction, Conception, Cross, Church, Caught Away, Chastisement, Coming, Coronation, Condemnation, Consummation.
Series homepage: http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/Expository-20Cs.html
This is a jet tour overview of the Bible, like an OT and NT survey course, but in preaching / teaching format.
First message in series is here in formatted text w/ PowerPoint: http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/Creation.html
Text only version:
Nowhere does the Bible attempt to prove the existence of God, it is simply assumed. V. 1 says it simply. In the beginning God...
Whether you look thru a telescope or a microscope, the only explanation is God. The fool says there is no God.
1) First day: The creation of light - Genesis 1:2-5
Notice that God created light before He created the sun. God is the light. It is His nature. The Lamb will be the light of heaven.
2) Second day: The separating of the waters - Genesis 1:6-8
Did it look like this? [slide] Or this? [slides] We don’t know.
“Firmament” = a vast body of water vapor surrounding the earth in canopy form. It was like a greenhouse that explains some things:
-The longevity of life in those days w/ low radiation. If they got arthritis at 70 they would have it for about 800 or more years. But they didn’t. They didn’t draw social security at 65 or they would bankrupt the system! They had children for most of their lives as well, populating the earth.
-The atmospheric pressure and oxygen levels were also more favorable to life.
This is where a great deal of the water came from in the flood. Perhaps melted and falling when volcanoes erupted as much water came up out of the ground and earth plates moved violently.
[I skipped day 3 & 4 and the subject of evolution, preaching them at the end of this message in what was our PM service.]
3) Third day: The creation of plant life – Genesis 1:9-13
These verses totally refute the harmful doctrine of evolution.
Here’s the difference between a Biblical world view and a secular one. Evolution states that life began in the sea. The Bible says it happened on dry land.
“I was an amoeba when I began to begin,
Then I was a tadpole with my tail tucked in
Next I was a monkey swinging from a tree,
Now I’m a man w/ a phd!”
Have you heard about the monkey who was coming out of a library with two books under his arm, one was the Bible and the other was Darwin’s “Origin of the Species?” Somebody stopped him and asked him what he was doing, and he said, “I’m trying to find out if I’m my “Brother’s Keeper” or my “Keeper’s Brother?”
Here’s 3 bridges no evolutionist can cross: [They have no answers to these questions]
-The origin of life. They say life arose as a result of spontaneous generation. That it all began as inorganic matter, or pre biotic soup, a puddle of green slime. They call it a ‘fortuitous concourse of atoms.’ Doesn’t that sound intellectual? A flash of lightning hit the puddle of scum. Now why would intelligent people believe that? Here’s why, in their own words...
Dr. George Wald (a Nobel Prize winner in Biology and professor Emeritus of Biology at Harvard, until his death in 1997) said, "There are only two possibilities as to how life arose; one is spontaneous generation arising to evolution, the other is a supernatural creative act of God, there is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with only one possible conclusion-that life arose as a creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God, therefore I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution."
It’s a philosophy you choose to believe in, and it takes a lot more faith than it does to believe in God.
-The Law of biogenesis—which says that dna is fixed, the fixity of the species...everything reproduces after its own kind.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
“After his kind” is repeated 10 times in this passage. You can cross breed roses all your life and get different colors and sizes of roses, but you’ll never get a puppy. You can breed cats all you want and get many variations, but you’ll never get even a different species of cat. And scientists have done all kinds of mutations to fruit flies, and come up w/ some funky things, but all of them have been fruit flies!