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Kerry Osborne tells a story about his father the Texas A&M quarterback and the 1957 game at Arkansas!

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Kerry Osborne tells a story about his father the Texas A&M quarterback and the 1957 game at Arkansas!

My Dad’s in the Hall of Fame

December 31, 2009, 10:49 am

My dad (Roddy Osborne) got inducted into the Texas A&M Sports Hall of Fame a couple of months ago. My dad played for Bear Bryant back in the late 50’s. I knew he was a quarterback, but I didn’t realize that he played fullback his sophmore year. Turns out he was also the punter and the punt return guy (who knew). Oh yeah, and did I mention, in Bear Bryant’s system, the quarterback played middle linebacker too! He got drafted by the Cleveland Browns and played a couple of seasons there. (I think there was a guy by the name of Jim Brown playing there then).

The first one occurred during a game between Texas A&M and Arkansas in 1957. The story has been repeated many times over the years (often incorrectly). I once heard a preacher tell the story in a sermon and he had it completely messed up. I had to straighten him out after the service. Anyway, here’s how I remember it:

The Aggies were ahead by one point with a couple of minutes to go in the game. They were driving and close to scoring. Back in those days, the coach didn’t call the plays. The quarterback was responsible for calling the plays. So coach Bryant sends in a substitute with a message to not throw the ball, just to run out the clock. My dad calls a roll out, expecting to burn some clock with a long, slow developing play, but not intending to throw the ball. So he rolls out and lo and behold, a receiver (I think he said it was Gene Stallings) is wide open in the end zone. He told me that the guy was so open he just couldn’t help himself and so he throws the ball. Well one of the Arkansas defensive backs (Donny Horton) is a sprinter on the track team and he breaks on the ball along the sidelines and intercepts it. And there is nobody between him and the end zone 90+ yards away. Well somehow, my dad catches this guy from behind, and my dad is reportedly one of the slowest guys on the Aggies team. That tackle saves their undefeated season (they were 7-0 at the time and #1 in the nation). Later Bear Bryant was asked about the play and he says, “The difference was that Horton was running for a touchdown. Osborne was running for his life.”

The good, the bad and the ugly: Texas A&M in Fayetteville

Nearly 30 years earlier, another freezing showdown in Fayetteville would decide another SWC championship. In November 1957, the No. 1 Aggies took on the No. 11 Razorbacks in a game that was thought to decide the conference title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. It was there that John David Crow said he had his “favorite Heisman moment.”

The Razorbacks trailed 7-6 late in the fourth, when defensive back Donnie Horton intercepted Roddy Osborne and took it all the way down to the A&M 27-yard-line. Arkansas moved the ball to the 17-yard-line and was in field-goal range, but opted to pass, which surprised Crow.

Crow, who had scored the Aggies’ lone touchdown earlier in the game, picked off George Walker’s pass in the end zone to seal the victory and keep A&M undefeated.

“I just remember that game being exhausting,” Crow said.

Following the game, Arkansas coach Jack Mitchell called Crow “a great one.”

That season, Crow would become the first Aggie to win the Heisman Trophy.

Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) was my pastor at Bellevue Baptist in Memphis when I grew up and he loved football.  (Little known fact, Rogers was the starting quarterback his senior year of the Palm Beach High School football team that won the state title and a hero to a 7th grader at the same school named Burt Reynolds.)

Adrian Rogers tells a story in one of his sermons about a player for Coach Bear Bryant who got into the doghouse with the coach and in a game at Arkansas he threw an interception after playing a pitiful game and then was able to run down the Arkansas player even though the Razorback had a clear path to the end-zone. Bryant’s team hung on for the win and after the game when the coaches shook hands this exchange occurred. The Arkansas coach asked, “Coach Bryant I don’t understand something. Our player who intercepted the ball was our fastest player  and according to our scouting report your player was one of the slowest players on your team. So how did he catch him?”

Bryant responded, “Your player was running for 6 points and my player was running for his life!!!!”

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I got this below off the internet:

This is a family friend, the late Dr. Adrian Rogers –-former pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis– with Coach Bryant either before or after Coach Byrant’s last game at the Liberty Bowl. Thought some of you would enjoy it.

They both hold special memories to me for different reasons.

“We just gotta stop that lil’ inside trap.” – Joe Kines

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Texas A&M in Fayetteville

Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:00 am, Sun Oct 13, 2013.

It’s not easy actually getting into the town of Fayetteville, Ark. on a game day, whether you’re traveling from Fort Smith or Bentonville.

With two-lane roads surrounding the home of the Arkansas Razorbacks, it can be virtually impossible.

Looking back at Texas A&M’s history, it’s been even harder for the Aggies to get out of town with a victory.

A&M has won only six times in 20 tries in Fayetteville. And prior to 1990, the Aggies had won only once since Paul “Bear” Bryant roamed the sidelines.

“It’s a great football setting,” said former coach R.C. Slocum. “They have a very vocal crowd and you were always incredibly happy to get out of there with a win.”

Slocum would know. He was the last A&M coach to bring a team to Arkansas, winning its 1990 matchup. At the time, the Razorbacks had already announced they would be joining the Southeastern Conference in 1992, ending historic rivalries with both the Aggies and Longhorns.

The Aggies wouldn’t play the Razorbacks again until the two schools began a nonconference series at Cowboys Stadium, now AT&T Stadium, in 2009, which became a conference game with the Aggies joining the SEC for the 2012 season.

Longtime Arkansas beat writer Wally Hall of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette said that the Razorbacks used to always look at the Aggies as their second-biggest rival behind the Longhorns and that they’re excited to have them back in Fayetteville.

“This is the only game of the year that’s sold out, so that should tell you something,” he said.

Saturday marks the final time the Aggies will travel to Fayetteville for at least a decade, as the two programs will continue their series at AT&T Satidum in Arlington in 2014.

Slocum said he wishes the programs would just stick with a home-and-home series. He said he always looked forward to the trip up north.

“We always played them in the fall and there was a hint of the fall weather with the colors changing,” Slocum said. “It really was beautiful. I loved that trip.”

Slocum also enjoyed leaving Fayetteville with a win against the defending Southwest Conference champions in 1990 after a tough loss the previous season.

The year prior, Slocum’s first as head coach, the battle between the ranked teams at Kyle Field ended with a controversial call. With Arkansas down 20-17 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter, the Razorbacks faced a fourth-and-3 inside the A&M 20-yard line. Arkansas quarterback Quinn Grovey threw to tight end Billy Winston, but the pass was broken up by A&M’s Larry Horton. However, line judge Ron Underwood, who played at Arkansas in the mid-1950s, threw a flag on Horton for pass interference. Five plays later, Barry Foster scored from 2 yards and Arkansas escaped Kyle Field with a 23-22 win and a second straight SWC title and Cotton Bowl berth.

“I still feel like that is one championship we didn’t get that we should have,” Slocum said. “The way that game turned out meant a lot more motivation for us [going into the 1990 game].”

Though the two teams were pegged as the favorites to win the SWC going into the 1990 season, Arkansas had fallen on hard times. The Razorbacks were 2-7 and had yet to win a conference game. A&M cornerback Kevin Smith didn’t feel sorry for the Aggies’ rival, though.

“They’re dying and we have a chance to go in there and jump on them,” he told The Eagle.

Slocum remembers how scrappy Arkansas was that game.

“They weren’t going to give up,” he said. “That was a hard fought game.”

A&M got the Razorbacks’ best shot, but came out victorious, winning 20-16. Wide receiver Gary Oliver caught eight passes for 101 yards as part of an efficient A&M offense that compiled 429 yards and held the ball for 32 minutes.

“A&M hadn’t won [in Fayetteville] in a long time, and that makes this a little sweeter,” Slocum said after the game.

Slocum had been a part of one of the Aggies’ losing efforts as defensive coordinator in a 1984 blowout.

The Aggies were 4-4 that year heading into the Arkansas game, having lost four out of five games following a 3-0 start.

The Razorbacks shut the Aggies down, 28-0, in a game played in a sleet storm, but head coach Jackie Sherrill faced just as tough a challenge just getting the team to the stadium.

In hindsight, Sherrill said one of his biggest faults that game was with the team’s travel arrangements.

He got the team rooms at a resort near Bentonville, when he now thinks they should have stayed in Fort Smith the night before the 11 a.m. kickoff. He said the players were spread out all over the hotel and it wasn’t ideal for a night before a game.

More problems arose getting the team fed on the way to the stadium.

Sherrill said they stopped on the way in Springdale for the pregame breakfast at “some pancake house” — one problem, though.

“They didn’t have enough people to serve us and they didn’t have enough cooks,” Sherrill said. “So instead of going in and eating your pregame meal, it took us almost an hour to get our players fed.”

The day got even worse due to the freezing temperatures.

“I think half of their stadium had left by halftime,” Sherrill said.

He would say after the game that those were probably the worst conditions one of his teams has ever played in.

But something positive did come out of the thumping in Fayetteville.

“That was probably the turning point of our season,” Sherrill said. “There were an awful lot of the players [who] were embarrassed by the way they played.”

The Aggies would rally from the Arkansas loss to close their season with wins over two ranked teams — TCU and Texas — and claim their third straight SWC title.

Nearly 30 years earlier, another freezing showdown in Fayetteville would decide another SWC championship. In November 1957, the No. 1 Aggies took on the No. 11 Razorbacks in a game that was thought to decide the conference title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl. It was there that John David Crow said he had his “favorite Heisman moment.”

The Razorbacks trailed 7-6 late in the fourth, when defensive back Donnie Horton intercepted Roddy Osborne and took it all the way down to the A&M 27-yard-line. Arkansas moved the ball to the 17-yard-line and was in field-goal range, but opted to pass, which surprised Crow.

Crow, who had scored the Aggies’ lone touchdown earlier in the game, picked off George Walker’s pass in the end zone to seal the victory and keep A&M undefeated.

“I just remember that game being exhausting,” Crow said.

Following the game, Arkansas coach Jack Mitchell called Crow “a great one.”

That season, Crow would become the first Aggie to win the Heisman Trophy.

Much has changed since the last time the Aggies traveled to Fayetteville more than two decades ago. Hall said the mobile-home brigade surrounding Reynolds Razorback Stadium has been replaced by top-notch tailgating, and while he said, “it’s not as hostile an environment as LSU or Alabama,” Hall still believes it’s a top-five atmosphere.

“It’s a really loyal crowd,” Hall said.

“Once the stadium expanded, it gets full and loud. And with this being a night game, they’ll be in good form.”

For those making the trip for Saturday’s game, Sherrill offered some advice.

“Get ready to hear a lot of ‘Wooo Pig Sooie,'” he said.

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Official program of the game:

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1957 Game Program between Arkansas vs. Texas A&M on 11/2/57

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Texas A&M’s John David Crow (#44) gets by Arkansas’ quarterback to score the winning touchdown as he intercepts a pass and returns it for the lone Aggie score defeating Arkansas 7-6.

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The Texas A&M defense including John David Crow (#44) and Richard Gay (#30) stack up Arkansas’ Don Horton at the line of scrimmage.

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…Please click on this URL http://vimeo.com/26991975

and you will hear what far smarter people than I have to say on this matter. I agree with them.

Harry Kroto

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Daniel Dennett

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Daniel Dennett
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Born Daniel Clement Dennett III
March 28, 1942 (age 74)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B.)
Hertford College, Oxford (D.Phil.)
Awards Jean Nicod Prize (2001)
Era 20th/21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy of biology
Philosophy of science
Cognitive science
Free will
Notable ideas
Heterophenomenology
Intentional stance
Intuition pump
Multiple Drafts Model
Greedy reductionism
Cartesian theater
Signature
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Daniel Clement Dennett III (born March 28, 1942)[1][2] is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science.[3]

He is currently[when?] the co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies and the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. Dennett is an atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board,[4] and a member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement. Dennett is referred to as one of the “Four Horsemen of New Atheism“, along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens.[5]

Dennett is a member of the editorial board for The Rutherford Journal.[6]

Early life[edit]

Dennett was born on March 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Ruth Marjorie (née Leck) and Daniel Clement Dennett, Jr.[7][8] Dennett spent part of his childhood in Lebanon, where, during World War II, his father was a covert counter-intelligence agent with the Office of Strategic Services posing as a cultural attaché to the American Embassy in Beirut.[9] When he was five, his mother took him back to Massachusetts after his father died in an unexplained plane crash.[10] Dennett’s sister is the investigative journalist Charlotte Dennett.[9] Dennett says that he was first introduced to the notion of philosophy while attending summer camp at age 11, when a camp counselor said to him, “You know what you are, Daniel? You’re a philosopher.”[11]

Dennett graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1959, and spent one year at Wesleyan University before receiving his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Harvard University in 1963. At Harvard University he was a student of W. V. Quine. In 1965, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in philosophy at the University of Oxford, where he studied under Gilbert Ryle and was a member of Christ Church college.

Dennett in 2008

Dennett describes himself as “an autodidact—or, more properly, the beneficiary of hundreds of hours of informal tutorials on all the fields that interest me, from some of the world’s leading scientists”.[12]

He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.[13] He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.[14] He was named 2004 Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association.[15]

In February 2010, he was named to the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s Honorary Board of distinguished achievers.[16]

In 2012, he was awarded the Erasmus Prize, an annual award for a person who has made an exceptional contribution to European culture, society or social science, “for his ability to translate the cultural significance of science and technology to a broad audience.”[17]

Free will[edit]

While he is a confirmed compatibilist on free will, in “On Giving Libertarians What They Say They Want”—Chapter 15 of his 1978 book Brainstorms,[18] Dennett articulated the case for a two-stage model of decision making in contrast to libertarian views.

The model of decision making I am proposing has the following feature: when we are faced with an important decision, a consideration-generator whose output is to some degree undetermined, produces a series of considerations, some of which may of course be immediately rejected as irrelevant by the agent (consciously or unconsciously). Those considerations that are selected by the agent as having a more than negligible bearing on the decision then figure in a reasoning process, and if the agent is in the main reasonable, those considerations ultimately serve as predictors and explicators of the agent’s final decision.[19]

While other philosophers have developed two-stage models, including William James, Henri Poincaré, Arthur Holly Compton, and Henry Margenau, Dennett defends this model for the following reasons:

  1. First … The intelligent selection, rejection, and weighing of the considerations that do occur to the subject is a matter of intelligence making the difference.
  2. Second, I think it installs indeterminism in the right place for the libertarian, if there is a right place at all.
  3. Third … from the point of view of biological engineering, it is just more efficient and in the end more rational that decision making should occur in this way.
  4. A fourth observation in favor of the model is that it permits moral education to make a difference, without making all of the difference.
  5. Fifth—and I think this is perhaps the most important thing to be said in favor of this model—it provides some account of our important intuition that we are the authors of our moral decisions.
  6. Finally, the model I propose points to the multiplicity of decisions that encircle our moral decisions and suggests that in many cases our ultimate decision as to which way to act is less important phenomenologically as a contributor to our sense of free will than the prior decisions affecting our deliberation process itself: the decision, for instance, not to consider any further, to terminate deliberation; or the decision to ignore certain lines of inquiry.

These prior and subsidiary decisions contribute, I think, to our sense of ourselves as responsible free agents, roughly in the following way: I am faced with an important decision to make, and after a certain amount of deliberation, I say to myself: “That’s enough. I’ve considered this matter enough and now I’m going to act,” in the full knowledge that I could have considered further, in the full knowledge that the eventualities may prove that I decided in error, but with the acceptance of responsibility in any case.[20]

Leading libertarian philosophers such as Robert Kane have rejected Dennett’s model, specifically that random chance is directly involved in a decision, on the basis that they believe this eliminates the agent’s motives and reasons, character and values, and feelings and desires. They claim that, if chance is the primary cause of decisions, then agents cannot be liable for resultant actions. Kane says:

[As Dennett admits,] a causal indeterminist view of this deliberative kind does not give us everything libertarians have wanted from free will. For [the agent] does not have complete control over what chance images and other thoughts enter his mind or influence his deliberation. They simply come as they please. [The agent] does have some control after the chance considerations have occurred.

But then there is no more chance involved. What happens from then on, how he reacts, is determined by desires and beliefs he already has. So it appears that he does not have control in the libertarian sense of what happens after the chance considerations occur as well. Libertarians require more than this for full responsibility and free will.[21]

Evolutionary debate[edit]

Much of Dennett’s work since the 1990s has been concerned with fleshing out his previous ideas by addressing the same topics from an evolutionary standpoint, from what distinguishes human minds from animal minds (Kinds of Minds), to how free will is compatible with a naturalist view of the world (Freedom Evolves).

Dennett sees evolution by natural selection as an algorithmic process (though he spells out that algorithms as simple as long division often incorporate a significant degree of randomness).[24] This idea is in conflict with the evolutionary philosophy of paleontologistStephen Jay Gould, who preferred to stress the “pluralism” of evolution (i.e., its dependence on many crucial factors, of which natural selection is only one).

Dennett’s views on evolution are identified as being strongly adaptationist, in line with his theory of the intentional stance, and the evolutionary views of biologist Richard Dawkins. In Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Dennett showed himself even more willing than Dawkins to defend adaptationism in print, devoting an entire chapter to a criticism of the ideas of Gould. This stems from Gould’s long-running public debate with E. O. Wilson and other evolutionary biologists over human sociobiology and its descendant evolutionary psychology, which Gould and Richard Lewontin opposed, but which Dennett advocated, together with Dawkins and Steven Pinker.[25] Strong disagreements have been launched against Dennett from Gould and his supporters, who allege that Dennett overstated his claims and misrepresented Gould’s to reinforce what Gould describes as Dennett’s “Darwinian fundamentalism”.[26]

Dennett’s theories have had a significant influence on the work of evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller.

An account of religion and morality[edit]

In Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, Dennett writes that evolution can account for the origin of morality. He rejects the idea of the naturalistic fallacy as the idea that ethics is in some free-floating realm, writing that the fallacy is to rush from facts to values.

In his 2006 book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Dennett attempts to account for religious belief naturalistically, explaining possible evolutionary reasons for the phenomenon of religious adherence. In this book he declares himself to be “a bright“, and defends the term.

He has been doing research into clerics who are secretly atheists and how they rationalize their works. He found what he called a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” conspiracy because believers did not want to hear of loss of faith. That made unbelieving preachers feel isolated but they did not want to lose their jobs and sometimes their church-supplied lodgings and generally consoled themselves that they were doing good in their pastoral roles by providing comfort and required ritual.[27] The research, with Linda LaScola, was further extended to include other denominations and non-Christian clerics.[28]

Other philosophical views[edit]

He has also written about and advocated the notion of memetics as a philosophically useful tool, most recently in his “Brains, Computers, and Minds”, a three-part presentation through Harvard’s MBB 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dennett has been critical of postmodernism, having said:

Postmodernism, the school of “thought” that proclaimed “There are no truths, only interpretations” has largely played itself out in absurdity, but it has left behind a generation of academics in the humanities disabled by their distrust of the very idea of truth and their disrespect for evidence, settling for “conversations” in which nobody is wrong and nothing can be confirmed, only asserted with whatever style you can muster.[29]

Dennett adopted and somewhat redefined the term “deepity”, originally coined by Miriam Weizenbaum[30] (daughter of computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum). Dennett used “deepity” for a statement that is apparently profound, but is actually trivial on one level and meaningless on another. Generally, a deepity has two (or more) meanings: one that is true but trivial, and another that sounds profound and would be important if true, but is actually false or meaningless. Examples are “Que sera sera!”, “Beauty is only skin deep!”, “The power of intention can transform your life.”[31] The term has been cited many times.

Personal life[edit]

Dennett married Susan Bell in 1962.[32] They live in North Andover, Massachusetts, and have a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.[33] He is an avid sailor.[34]

Selected works[edit]

See also[edit]

In  the first video below in the 49th clip in this series are his words and  my response is below them. 

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)

A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)

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January 12, 2017

Dear Dr. Dennett,

I know how busy you are so I am going to make this as short as possible.

I know that you are good friends with Richard Dawkins and I have noticed how many times he quotes you in his books.  It just so happens that I have just got finishing reading back to back his books, The God DelusionAn Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. I also recently enjoyed watching you on Jonathan Miller’s BBC program Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief.  Francis Schaeffer used to quote Jonathan Miller back in the 1960’s during his teachings at L ‘Abri.

Today I wanted respond to an assertion you made in the very popular You Tube series, 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1):

God is definitely beyond the verification process of science. God is designed to be beyond the verification process of science.  The classic adaptation of religion is to create this gulf so that science can’t get anywhere near God. That is true, but science can understand that very fact.

Let me give 4 short responses.

FIRST, Romans 1 points that every person has a God-given conscience instead of them that tells them that God exists. Back on July 8, 2014 I mailed you a letter that went into this further and the interesting factor is that this can be tested by a lie-detector and there was a proposition I made to the FELLOWS of CSICOP concerning that in the 1990’s and I assume you were one of the individuals I contacted back then. I was very honored that many of the them replied (including Antony Flew and Carl Sagan).

SECOND, let me recommend a book  by Sean McDowell and Jonathan Marrow, called Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists.

THIRD, John Piippo responds to your assertion by quoting Alvin Plantinga. As you know  Plantinga wants to show that there is no good reason to think Christian belief is unjustified, irrational, or unwarranted unless it can be shown that Christian beliefs are false.

John Piippo in his article 50 Renowned Academics (Atheists) Speaking About God – A Review, (August 05, 2011) noted:

  1. Daniel Dennett (philosophy)

God cannot be scientifically verified. The God of theism is “protected from disproof” because it is defined as “beyond science.” This is an interesting point, and one that can be responded to. See, e.g., Plantinga, who takes the discussion into the arena of “properly basic beliefs.

FOURTH,  there is plenty of evidence from archaeology showing the Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted. You stated, “God is definitely beyond the verification process of science.” However, what about the events in the Bible which claim to be the works of God? Can they be tested by a examination of the historical and archaeological records?  Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites6.Shishak Smiting His Captives7. Moabite Stone8Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.,

I have also responded to your statement today in a more lengthy way on my blog http://www.thedailyhatch.org in the post RESPONDING TO HARRY KROTO’S BRILLIANT RENOWNED ACADEMICS!! Daniel Dennett, Philosophy, Tufts University, “God is designed to be beyond the verification process of science.” I hope you take time to take a look. By the way this series was started because your friend HARRY KROTO is the one who referred me to the You Tube video series that featured your quote!!!

Thank you again  for your time.

Everette Hatcher,  P.O. Box 23416, Little Rock, AR 72221, cell ph 501-920-5733, everettehatcher@gmail.com

PS: Today I checked out of the library your book Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, and two years ago I read  Charles Darwin, Autobiography (1876), in The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, ed. Francis Darwin, vol. 1 (London: John Murray, 1888), and just year I listened to the audio book  On The Origin Of The Species (Charles/Francis Darwin) Narrated by Professor. Richard Dawkins, Ph.D., So I trying to try and understand your point of view too.

Darwin age 30
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Darwin in midlife
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Darwin close to the end of his life

Daniel C. Dennett,
Tufts University
Medford, MA

July 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Dennett,

Recently I read these words that were attributed to you, “There are two ways of looking at the source of meaning there’s the old-fashioned way, which is the trickle-down theory of meaning. Our lives can’t have meaning unless we’re the lesser products of something even more meaningful than we are…The other way of looking at it is the bubble-up theory of meaning, which is that the universe starts off without meaning and there really is no point to it, but it’s possible for life to evolve and it does. We eventually show up–and we are meaning-makers and we care…”

Solomon took a long look at finding meaning in life “under the sun” in the Book of Ecclesiastes without God and he found that it was impossible to be a “meaning-maker” without God in the picture. More on that later.

I noticed that you are on the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and that prompted me to send this material to you today.

A couple of months ago I mailed you a letter that contained correspondence I had with Antony Flew and Carl Sagan and I also included some of the material I had sent them from Adrian Rogers and Francis Schaeffer. Did you have a chance to listen to the IS THE BIBLE TRUE? CD yet? I also wanted to let know some more about about Francis Schaeffer. Ronald Reagan said of Francis Schaeffer, “He will long be remembered as one of the great Christian thinkers of our century, with a childlike faith and a profound compassion toward others. It can rarely be said of an individual that his life touched many others and affected them for the better; it will be said of Francis Schaeffer that his life touched millions of souls and brought them to the truth of their creator.”

Thirty years ago the christian philosopher and author Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) died and on the 10th anniversary of his passing in 1994 I wrote a number of the top evolutionists, humanists and atheistic scholars in the world and sent them a story about Francis Schaeffer in 1930 when he left agnosticism and embraced Christianity. I also sent them  a cassette tape with the title “Four intellectual bridges evolutionists can’t cross” by Adrian Rogers (1931-2005) and some of the top  scholars who corresponded with me since that time include Ernest Mayr (1904-2005), George Wald (1906-1997), Carl Sagan (1934-1996),  Robert Shapiro (1935-2011), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920-),  Brian Charlesworth (1945-),  Francisco J. Ayala (1934-) Elliott Sober (1948-), Kevin Padian (1951-), Matt Cartmill (1943-) , Milton Fingerman (1928-), John J. Shea (1969-), , Michael A. Crawford (1938-), (Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), Sol Gordon (1923-2008), Albert Ellis (1913-2007), Barbara Marie Tabler (1915-1996), Renate Vambery (1916-2005), Archie J. Bahm (1907-1996), Aron S “Gil” Martin ( 1910-1997), Matthew I. Spetter (1921-2012), H. J. Eysenck (1916-1997), Robert L. Erdmann (1929-2006), Mary Morain (1911-1999), Lloyd Morain (1917-2010),  Warren Allen Smith (1921-), Bette Chambers (1930-),  Gordon Stein (1941-1996) , Milton Friedman (1912-2006), John Hospers (1918-2011), and Michael Martin (1932-).

The truth is that I am an evangelical Christian and I have enjoyed developing relationships with skeptics and humanists over the years. Back in 1996 I took my two sons who were 8  and 10 yrs old back then to New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Delaware, and New Jersey and we had dinner one night with Herbert A. Tonne, who was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto II. The Late Professor John George who has written books for Prometheus Press was my good friend during the last 10 years of his life. (I still miss him today.) We often ate together and were constantly talking on the phone and writing letters to one another.

It is a funny story how I met Dr. George. As an evangelical Christian and a member of the Christian Coalition, I felt obliged to expose a misquote of John Adams’ I found in an article entitled “America’s Unchristian Beginnings” by the self-avowed atheist Dr. Steven Morris. However, what happened next changed my focus to the use of misquotes, unconfirmed quotes, and misleading attributions by the religious right.

In the process of attempting to correct Morris, I was guilty of using several misquotes myself. Professor John George of the University of Central Oklahoma political science department and coauthor (with Paul Boller Jr.) of the book THEY NEVER SAID IT! set me straight. George pointed out that George Washington never said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. I had cited page 18 of the 1927 edition of HALLEY’S BIBLE HANDBOOK. This quote was probably generated by a similar statement that appears in A LIFE OF WASHINGTON by James Paulding. Sadly, no one has been able to verify any of the quotes in Paulding’s book since no footnotes were offered.

After reading THEY NEVER SAID IT! I had a better understanding of how widespread the problem of misquotes is. Furthermore, I discovered that many of these had been used by the leaders of the religious right. I decided to confront some individuals concerning their misquotes. WallBuilders, the publisher of David Barton’s THE MYTH OF SEPARATION, responded by providing me with their “unconfirmed  quote” list which contained a dozen quotes widely used by the religious right.

Sadly some of the top leaders of my own religious right have failed to take my encouragement to stop using these quotes and they have either claimed that their critics were biased skeptics who find the truth offensive or they defended their own method of research and claimed the secondary sources were adequate.

I have enclosed that same CD by Adrian Rogers that I sent 20 years ago although the second half does include a story about  Charles Darwin‘s journey from  the position of theistic evolution to agnosticism. Here are the four bridges that Adrian Rogers says evolutionists can’t cross in the CD  “Four Bridges that the Evolutionist Cannot Cross.” 1. The Origin of Life and the law of biogenesis. 2. The Fixity of the Species. 3.The Second Law of Thermodynamics. 4. The Non-Physical Properties Found in Creation.  

In the first 3 minutes of the CD is the hit song “Dust in the Wind.” In the letter 20 years ago I gave some of the key points Francis Schaeffer makes about the experiment that Solomon undertakes in the book of Ecclesiastes to find satisfaction by  looking into  learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries,  and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and labor (2:4-6, 18-20).

I later learned this book of Ecclesiastes was Richard Dawkins’ favorite book in the Bible. Schaeffer noted that Solomon took a look at the meaning of life on the basis of human life standing alone between birth and death “under the sun.” This phrase UNDER THE SUN appears over and over in Ecclesiastes. The Christian Scholar Ravi Zacharias noted, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term UNDER THE SUN — What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system and you are left with only this world of Time plus Chance plus matter.” No wonder Ecclesiastes is Richard Dawkins’ favorite book of the Bible! 

Here the first 7 verses of Ecclesiastes followed by Schaeffer’s commentary on it:

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.  

Solomon is showing a high degree of comprehension of evaporation and the results of it. (E.O.Wilson has marveled at Solomon’s scientific knowledge of ants that was only discovered in the 1800’s.) Seeing also in reality nothing changes. There is change but always in a set framework and that is cycle. You can relate this to the concepts of modern man. Ecclesiastes is the only pessimistic book in the Bible and that is because of the place where Solomon limits himself. He limits himself to the question of human life, life under the sun between birth and death and the answers this would give.

Solomon doesn’t place man outside of the cycle. Man doesn’t escape the cycle. Man is in the cycle. Birth and death and youth and old age.

There is no doubt in my mind that Solomon had the same experience in his life that I had as a younger man (at the age of 18 in 1930). I remember standing by the sea and the moon arose and it was copper and beauty. Then the moon did not look like a flat dish but a globe or a sphere since it was close to the horizon. One could feel the global shape of the earth too. Then it occurred to me that I could contemplate the interplay of the spheres and I was exalted because I thought I can look upon them with all their power, might, and size, but they could contempt nothing. Then came upon me a horror of great darkness because it suddenly occurred to me that although I could contemplate them and they could contemplate nothing yet they would continue to turn in ongoing cycles when I saw no more forever and I was crushed.

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You are an atheist and you have a naturalistic materialistic worldview, and this short book of Ecclesiastes should interest you because the wisest man who ever lived in the position of King of Israel came to THREE CONCLUSIONS that will affect you.

FIRST, chance and time have determined the past, and they will determine the future.  (Ecclesiastes 9:11-13)

These two verses below  take the 3 elements mentioned in a naturalistic materialistic worldview (time, chance and matter) and so that is all the unbeliever can find “under the sun” without God in the picture. You will notice that these are the three elements that evolutionists point to also.

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 is following: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.

SECOND, Death is the great equalizer (Eccl 3:20, “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”)

THIRD, Power reigns in this life, and the scales are not balanced(Eccl 4:1, 8:15)

Ecclesiastes 4:1-2: “Next I turned my attention to all the outrageous violence that takes place on this planet—the tears of the victims, no one to comfort them; the iron grip of oppressors, no one to rescue the victims from them.” Ecclesiastes 8:14; “ Here’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Good people get what’s coming to the wicked, and bad people get what’s coming to the good. I tell you, this makes no sense. It’s smoke.”

Solomon had all the resources in the world and he found himself searching for meaning in life and trying to come up with answers concerning the afterlife. However, it seems every door he tries to open is locked. Today men try to find satisfaction in learning, liquor, ladies, luxuries, laughter, and labor and that is exactly what Solomon tried to do too.  None of those were able to “fill the God-sized vacuum in his heart” (quote from famous mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal). You have to wait to the last chapter in Ecclesiastes to find what Solomon’s final conclusion is.

In 1978 I heard the song “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas when it rose to #6 on the charts. That song told me that Kerry Livgren the writer of that song and a member of Kansas had come to the same conclusion that Solomon had. I remember mentioning to my friends at church that we may soon see some members of Kansas become Christians because their search for the meaning of life had obviously come up empty even though they had risen from being an unknown band to the top of the music business and had all the wealth and fame that came with that. Furthermore, Solomon realized death comes to everyone and there must be something more.

Livgren wrote:

All we do, crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see, Dust in the Wind, All we are is dust in the wind, Don’t hang on, Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky, It slips away, And all your money won’t another minute buy.”

Take a minute and compare Kerry Livgren‘s words to that of the late British humanist H.J. Blackham:

On humanist assumptions, life leads to nothing, and every pretense that it does not is a deceit. If there is a bridge over a gorge which spans only half the distance and ends in mid-air, and if the bridge is crowded with human beings pressing on, one after the other they fall into the abyss. The bridge leads nowhere, and those who are pressing forward to cross it are going nowhere….It does not matter where they think they are going, what preparations for the journey they may have made, how much they may be enjoying it all. The objection merely points out objectively that such a situation is a model of futility“( H. J. Blackham, et al., Objections to Humanism (Riverside, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1967).

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Both Kerry Livgren and the bass player DAVE HOPE of Kansas became Christians eventually. Kerry Livgren first tried Eastern Religions and DAVE HOPE had to come out of a heavy drug addiction. I was shocked and elated to see their personal testimony on The 700 Club in 1981 and that same  interview can be seen on youtube today. Livgren lives in Topeka, Kansas today where he teaches “Diggers,” a Sunday school class at Topeka Bible ChurchDAVE HOPE is the head of Worship, Evangelism and Outreach at Immanuel Anglican Church in Destin, Florida.

Solomon’s experiment was a search for meaning to life “under the sun.” Then in last few words in the Book of Ecclesiastes he looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Now on to the other topic I wanted to discuss with you today. I wanted to write you today for one reason. IS THERE A GOOD CHANCE THAT DEEP DOWN IN YOUR CONSCIENCE  you have repressed the belief in your heart that God does exist and IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THIS DEEP BELIEF OF YOURS CAN BE SHOWN THROUGH A LIE-DETECTOR? (Back in the late 1990’s I had the opportunity to correspond with over a dozen members of CSICOP on just this very issue.)

I have a good friend who is a street preacher who preaches on the Santa Monica Promenade in California and during the Q/A sessions he does have lots of atheists that enjoy their time at the mic. When this happens he  always quotes Romans 1:18-19 (Amplified Bible) ” For God’s wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness REPRESS and HINDER the truth and make it inoperative. For that which is KNOWN about God is EVIDENT to them and MADE PLAIN IN THEIR INNER CONSCIOUSNESS, because God  has SHOWN IT TO THEM,”(emphasis mine). Then he  tells the atheist that the atheist already knows that God exists but he has been suppressing that knowledge in unrighteousness. This usually infuriates the atheist.

My friend draws some large crowds at times and was thinking about setting up a lie detector test and see if atheists actually secretly believe in God. He discussed this project with me since he knew that I had done a lot of research on the idea about 20 years ago.

Nelson Price in THE EMMANUEL FACTOR (1987) tells the story about Brown Trucking Company in Georgia who used to give polygraph tests to their job applicants. However, in part of the test the operator asked, “Do you believe in God?” In every instance when a professing atheist answered “No,” the test showed the person to be lying. My pastor Adrian Rogers used to tell this same story to illustrate Romans 1:19 and it was his conclusion that “there is no such thing anywhere on earth as a true atheist. If a man says he doesn’t believe in God, then he is lying. God has put his moral consciousness into every man’s heart, and a man has to try to kick his conscience to death to say he doesn’t believe in God.”

It is true that polygraph tests for use in hiring were banned by Congress in 1988.  Mr and Mrs Claude Brown on Aug 25, 1994  wrote me a letter confirming that over 15,000 applicants previous to 1988 had taken the polygraph test and EVERYTIME SOMEONE SAID THEY DID NOT BELIEVE IN GOD, THE MACHINE SAID THEY WERE LYING.

It had been difficult to catch up to the Browns. I had heard about them from Dr. Rogers’ sermon but I did not have enough information to locate them. Dr. Rogers referred me to Dr. Nelson Price and Dr. Price’s office told me that Claude Brown lived in Atlanta. After writing letters to all 9 of the entries for Claude Brown in the Atlanta telephone book, I finally got in touch with the Browns.

Adrian Rogers also pointed out that the Bible does not recognize the theoretical atheist.  Psalms 14:1: The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”  Dr Rogers notes, “The fool is treating God like he would treat food he did not desire in a cafeteria line. ‘No broccoli for me!’ ” In other words, the fool just doesn’t want God in his life and is a practical atheist, but not a theoretical atheist. Charles Ryrie in the The Ryrie Study Bible came to the same conclusion on this verse.

Here are the conclusions of the experts I wrote in the secular world concerning the lie detector test and it’s ability to get at the truth:

Professor Frank Horvath of the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University has testified before Congress concerning the validity of the polygraph machine. He has stated on numerous occasions that “the evidence from those who have actually been affected by polygraph testing in the workplace is quite contrary to what has been expressed by critics. I give this evidence greater weight than I give to the most of the comments of critics” (letter to me dated October 6, 1994).

There was no better organization suited to investigate this claim concerning the lie detector test than the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). This organization changed their name to the Committe for Skeptical Inquiry in 2006. This organization includes anyone who wants to help debunk the whole ever-expanding gamut of misleading, outlandish, and fraudulent claims made in the name of science. I AM WRITING YOU TODAY BECAUSE YOU ARE ASSOCIATED WITH CSICOP.

I read The Skeptical Review(publication of CSICOP) for several years during the 90’s and I would write letters to these scientists about taking this project on and putting it to the test.  Below are some of  their responses (15 to 20 years old now):

1st Observation: Religious culture of USA could have influenced polygraph test results.
ANTONY FLEW  (formerly of Reading University in England, now deceased, in a letter to me dated 8-11-96) noted, “For all the evidence so far available seems to be of people from a culture in which people are either directly brought up to believe in the existence of God or at least are strongly even if only unconsciously influenced by those who do. Even if everyone from such a culture revealed unconscious belief, it would not really begin to show that — as Descartes maintained— the idea of God is so to speak the Creator’s trademark, stamped on human souls by their Creator at their creation.”

2nd Observation: Polygraph Machines do not work. JOHN R. COLE, anthropologist, editor, National Center for Science Education, Dr. WOLF RODER, professor of Geography, University of Cincinnati, Dr. SUSAN BLACKMORE,Dept of Psychology, University of the West of England, Dr. CHRISTOPHER C. FRENCH, Psychology Dept, Goldsmith’s College, University of London, Dr.WALTER F. ROWE, The George Washington University, Dept of Forensic Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

3rd Observation: The sample size probably was not large enough to apply statistical inference. (These gentlemen made the following assertion before I received the letter back from Claude Brown that revealed that the sample size was over 15,000.) JOHN GEOHEGAN, Chairman of New Mexicans for Science and Reason, Dr. WOLF RODER, and Dr WALTER F. ROWE (in a letter dated July 12, 1994) stated, “The polygraph operator for Brown Trucking Company has probably examined only a few hundred or a few thousand job applicants. I would surmise that only a very small number of these were actually atheists. It seems a statistically insignificant (and distinctly nonrandom) sampling of the 5 billion human beings currently inhabiting the earth. Dr. Nelson Price also seems to be impugning the integrity of anyone who claims to be an atheist in a rather underhanded fashion.”

4th Observation: The question (Do you believe in God?)  was out of place and it surprised the applicants. THOMAS GILOVICH, psychologist, Cornell Univ., Dr. ZEN FAULKES, professor of Biology, University of Victoria (Canada), ROBERT CRAIG, Head of Indiana Skeptics Organization, Dr. WALTER ROWE, 
 
5th Observation: Proof that everyone believes in God’s existence does not prove that God does in fact exist. PAUL QUINCEY, Nathional Physical Laboratory,(England), Dr. CLAUDIO BENSKI, Schneider Electric, CFEPP, (France),
6th Observation: Both the courts and Congress recognize that lie-detectors don’t work and that is why they were banned in 1988.  (Governments and the military still use them.)
Dr WALTER ROWE, KATHLEEN M. DILLION, professor of Psychology, Western New England College.
7th Observation:This information concerning Claude Brown’s claim has been passed on to us via a tv preacher and eveybody knows that they are untrustworthy– look at their history. WOLF RODER.
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Solomon wisely noted in Ecclesiastes 3:11 “God has planted eternity in the heart of men…” (Living Bible). No wonder Bertrand Russell wrote in his autobiography, “It is odd, isn’t it? I feel passionately for this world and many things and people in it, and yet…what is it all? There must be something more important, one feels, though I don’t believe there is. I am haunted. Some ghosts, for some extra mundane regions, seem always trying to tell me something that I am to repeat to the world, but I cannot understand that message.”
Gene Emery, science writer for Providence Journal-Bulletin is a past winner of the CSICOP “Responsibility in Journalism Award” and he had the best suggestion of all when he suggested, “Actually, if you want to make a good case about whether Romans 1:19 is true, arrange to have a polygraph operator (preferably an atheist or agnostic) brought to the next CSICOP meeting. (I’m not a member of CSICOP, by the way, so I can’t give you an official invitation or anything.) If none of the folks at that meeting can convince the machine that they truly believe in God, maybe there is, in fact, an innate willingness to believe in God.”

DO YOU HAVE ANY REACTIONS TO ADD TO THESE 7 OBSERVATIONS THAT I GOT 15 YEARS AGO? Thank you again for your time and I know how busy you are.

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

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BBC The Atheism Tapes – Daniel Dennett

 

Summary of Alvin Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology

W.K. Clifford once said that “it is wrong always and everywhere to believe something on insufficient evidence.” This is the heart of evidentialsim or theological rationalism. And it is precisely this view that Alvin Plantinga (AP) challenges with his reformed epistemology which develops a model of “warranted Christian belief”. He has two projects: one public and one Christian.

Public Project – Plantinga first distinguishes between de facto objections (aimed at showing the Christian faith to be false) and de jure objections (those aimed at undermining Christian belief even if true). Even though these can be distinguished, AP thinks argues that in the cases of Christian theistic belief there is no de jure objection independent of a de facto objection.

de jure to Theistic belief – According to the evidentialist, even if it is true that God exists, one is unjustified and irrational for believing this apart from evidence. Only beliefs that are properly basic (those that are self-evident or incorrigible) or inferred from properly basic beliefs do not require evidence. But AP wants to ask why belief in God can’t be a properly basic belief? For he sees no good reason to exclude this possibility. First, there are other things we believe without evidence that we seem entirely justified in doing so without appealing to evidence (i.e., the world is older than five minutes). Second, what evidence is there that only propositions that are self evident and incorrigible are properly basic? The theory fails its own test. So there is no reason to exclude the possibility of belief in God being Properly Basic.

AP argues that Christians are not only within their epistemic rights (Justification) in believing God exists, but also that they can know (Warranted) apart from evidence. The key to Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology is warrant, “the property which turns mere true belief into knowledge when possessed in sufficient degree.” Justification, on AP’s view, is fairly easy to come by—it’s warrant that is important for knowledge. AP appropriates Calvin’s Sensus Divinitatis (or sense of the divine) in order describe the appropriate circumstances / faculty that form the belief that God exists in people. It is within this context that he offers his four criteria for warrant: 1) the cognitive faculties of the person are functioning properly 2) the cognitive environment is appropriate 3) the purpose of the epistemic faculty is aimed at producing true beliefs. 4) the objective probability of a beliefs being true is high. According to AP then, belief in God is properly basic with respect to warrant if God exists. But then the issue of God’s existence is no longer epistemic, but metaphysical or theological (enter arguments from Natural Theology). There is then no de jure objection to theistic belief.

de jure to Christianity – What about to specifically Christian Theism? AP expands his model to include the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. Due to humanity’s fall into sin, there have been disastrous cognitive and affective consequences. So if Christianity is true then belief in it is warranted in the same way mentioned above because belief is produced by the H.S.

Great Pumpkin Objectionsthe strongest objection to the public project is that it leads to radical relativism. For example, why could Linus’s belief in the Great Pumpkin not be properly basic for him? AP grants that Linus could be justified in his belief, but so what? He is still being lied to—so he possesses no warrant. Moreover, if Christian epistemologists can have belief in God be properly basic for them, then why not voodoo epistemologists? Again, AP will concede that they can within their epistemic rights (justified), but not warranted. So the Son of the Great Pumpkin Objection Fails. At most, all these objections show is that there is no de jure objection to theistic belief in general (e.g., Muslims). That will have to be settled dependent on how successful de facto arguments are against specific religious beliefs.

The Christian Projectwhile AP’s public project has been successful, his Christian project might need some modification. AP only offers thin evidence here, and his suggestion that if the Christian God exists, then he would want us to know him and would have provided a way for that to occur isn’t a statement that a Christian evidentialist would disagree with. So more insight from Scripture and experience is needed in order to explicate a Christian model of warranted Christian belief. Since the Sensus Divinitatis and the testimony of the H.S. are experientially indistinguishable, we ought to use the testimony of the H.S. (Rom. 8:16) because of Scripture. Also, the H.S. being described as a cognitive faculty outside of people that forms belief in them is off base. Rather, the H.S. is better seen as a form of testimony that provides the appropriate circumstances for a properly basic belief to be formed.

Overall, Alvin Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology is a helpful (and many think successful) theory of explaining warranted Christian belief.

For more, see Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga (Oxford University Press).

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Ricky Gervais Show AFTERLIFE in light of the Book of Ecclesiastes Part 4, Tony in episode one, “It should be everyone’s moral duty to kill themselves”

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Francis Schaeffer comments on the Book of Ecclesiastes and the subject of death:

Ecclesiastes 9:11

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Chance rules. If a man starts out only from himself and works outward it must eventually if he is consistent seem so that only chance rules and naturally in such a setting you can not expect him to have anything else but finally a hate of life.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-18a

17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind. 18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun…

That first great cry “So I hated life.” Naturally if you hate life you long for death and you find him saying this in Ecclesiastes 4:2-3:

And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are doneunder the sun.

AFTERLIFE episode #1:

  • Tony Here’s what’s what humanity is a plague. We’re a disgusting, narcissistic, selfish parasite, and the world would be a better place without us. It should be everyone’s moral duty to kill themselves. I could do it now. Quite happily just go upstairs, jump off the roof, and make sure I landed on some cunt from accounts.

After Life on Netflix

After Life on Netflix stars Ricky Gervais as a bereaved husband (Image: Netflix)

Below is April 7, 2017 Letter to Ricky Gervais:

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Larry Joe Speaks

Larry Joe Speaks

August 20, 1947 – April 07, 2017

Larry Joe Speaks was 69 years old (his middle name came from his father Joe who fought in the BATTLE OF THE BULGE in World War 2)

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For 16 years Larry owned his store Southern Fruit & Grocery Sheridan, AR 72150

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Francis Schaeffer pictured below

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The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon’, oil on canvas painting by Edward Poynter, 1890

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Adrian Rogers pictured below

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The Passion of the Christ: The Crucifixion.

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April 7, 2017

Ricky Gervais
UK

Dear Ricky,

I discovered that on this morning of April 7, 2017  my good friend Larry Speaks has died and gone to heaven. Let me tell you a little about him. After Larry put is faith in Christ alone for his salvation over 20 years ago he got started on  a hobby of listening and  discussing some of the great sermons that he heard. One of those sermons was WHO IS JESUS? by Adrian Rogers. In fact, he asked me to run off some cassette tapes of that message  so he could give it to people who used to come into his store SOUTHERN FRUIT & GROCERY. After he sold the store he continued to give out this message and over the years I switched to putting it on CD’s for him to give out. Even the last years of his life he would go to McCain Mall and walk through the mall and give out the CD’s. He was thrilled that so many people were glad to get them, and he was disappointed when occasionally someone would decline to accept his gift.

In the last years of his life King Solomon took time to look back and then he wrote the BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES. Solomon did believe in God but in this book he  took a look at life “UNDER THE SUN.” Christian scholar Ravi Zacharias has noted, “The key to understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes is the term ‘UNDER THE SUN.’ What that literally means is you lock God out of a closed system, and you are left with only this world of time plus chance plus matter.”

Francis Schaeffer comments on the Book of Ecclesiastes and the subject of death:

Ecclesiastes 9:11

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Chance rules. If a man starts out only from himself and works outward it must eventually if he is consistent seem so that only chance rules and naturally in such a setting you can not expect him to have anything else but finally a hate of life.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-18a

17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind. 18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun…

That first great cry “So I hated life.” Naturally if you hate life you long for death and you find him saying this in Ecclesiastes 4:2-3:

And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are doneunder the sun.

He lays down an order. It is best never have to been. It is better to be dead, and worse to be alive. But like all men and one could think of the face of Vincent Van Gogh in his final paintings as he came to hate life and you watch something die in his self portraits, the dilemma is double because as one is consistent and one sees life as a game of chance, one must come in a way to hate life. Yet at the same time men never get beyond the fear to die. Solomon didn’t either. So you find him in saying this.

Ecclesiastes 2:14-15

14 The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them. 15 Then I said in my heart, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity.

The Hebrew is stronger than this and it says “it happens EVEN TO ME,” Solomon on the throne, Solomon the universal man. EVEN TO ME, even to Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21

18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.[n] 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?

What he is saying is as far as the eyes are concerned everything grinds to a stop at death.

Ecclesiastes 4:16

16 There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

That is true. There is no place better to feel this than here in Switzerland. You can walk over these hills and men have walked over these hills for at least 4000 years and when do you know when you have passed their graves or who cares? It doesn’t have to be 4000 years ago. Visit a cemetery and look at the tombstones from 40 years ago. Just feel it. IS THIS ALL THERE IS? You can almost see Solomon shrugging his shoulders.

Ecclesiastes 8:8

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. (King James Version)

A remarkable two phrase. THERE IS NO DISCHARGE IN THAT WAR or you can translate it “no casting of weapons in that war.” Some wars they come to the end. Even the THIRTY YEARS WAR (1618-1648) finally finished, but this is a war where there is no casting of weapons and putting down the shield because all men fight this battle and one day lose. But more than this he adds, WICKEDNESS WON’T DELIVER YOU FROM THAT FIGHT. Wickedness delivers men from many things, from tedium in a strange city for example. But wickedness won’t deliver you from this war. It isn’t that kind of war. More than this he finally casts death in the world of chance.

Ecclesiastes 9:12

12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

Death can come at anytime. Death seen merely by the eye of man between birth and death and UNDER THE SUN. Death too is a thing of chance. Albert Camus speeding in a car with a pretty girl at his side and then Camus dead. Lawrence of Arabiacoming up over a crest of a hill 100 miles per hour on his motorcycle and some boys are standing in the road and Lawrence turns aside and dies.

 Surely between birth and death these things are chance. Modern man adds something on top of this and that is the understanding that as the individual man will dies by chance so one day the human race will die by chance!!! It is the death of the human race that lands in the hand of chance and that is why men grew sad when they read Nevil Shute’s book ON THE BEACH. 

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By the way, the final chapter of Ecclesiastes finishes with Solomon emphasizing that serving God is the only proper response of man. Solomon looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture.  I am hoping that your good friend Woody Allen will also come to that same conclusion that Solomon came to concerning the meaning of life and man’s proper place in the universe in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:
13 Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil

NOW BACK TO MY FRIEND LARRY SPEAKS. If Larry was here now he would urge you to listen to the message WHO IS JESUS? by Adrian Rogers. Therefore, I wanted to give you a little part of that message. Under the point THE PROPHETIC WITNESS OF THE SCRIPTURES Adrian Rogers talks about Psalm 22:

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The Amazing Prophecy of the Cross

Psalm 22 is an incredible chapter. Perhaps more than any other chapter in the Bible, you cannot read it and come away not loving the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Turn to Psalm 22. Just below the name of a psalm, often the name of the one who wrote it is given. Who is the human author of Psalm 22?

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, almost half (73) of the Bible’s 150 psalms were written by King David.

One thousand years before Jesus Christ, David prophetically foretold His crucifixion.

Since crucifixion was a Roman, not Jewish, form of execution, how is that possible?  Crucifixion was completely unknown to the Jewish culture. It would be another 800 years before crucifixion came into the Jewish world. But here we find by divine inspiration a portrait of the cross.

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Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002

PS: This is the FIRST of SEVEN letters I am writing you on ECCLESIASTES and SOLOMON’s SEARCH for MEANING.

I started this series on my letters and postcards to Hugh Hefner back in September when I read of the passing of Mr. Hefner. There are many more to come. It is my view that he may have taken time to look at glance at one or two of them since these postcards were short and from one of Hef’s favorite cities!!!!

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8-23-16

Dear Hef,

I arrived today in Vegas  at 4pm on 8-23-16.  While I was in the front office of the hotel there a young man checking in and he was asked how many would be staying in his room this week and he gave a very ambiguous answer.

It made me think of these words from King Solomon in Proverbs 7:
    I spotted a young man without any sense
Arriving at the corner of the street where she lived,    
Just then, a woman met him—
    she’d been lying in wait for him, dressed to seduce him.
Brazen and brash she was,
Walking the streets….She boldly took his arm and said,   
Come, let’s make love all night,    

All at once he follows her,
    as an ox goes to the slaughter,
     for many a victim has she laid low,    and all her slain are a mighty throng.

From Everette Hatcher, P.O.Box 23416, Little Rock, AR 72221, PS: Jesus loves you Hugh and I do too!!!

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I wrote to Hefner in an earlier letter these words:

Francis Schaeffer observed concerning Solomon, “You can not know woman by knowing 1000 women.”

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Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes Daniel Akin, Jonathan Akin and Tony Merida:

Finally, Solomon indulged in sexual pleasure. In addition to 700 wives (1 Kgs 11), he had 300 concubines (cf. Eccl 2:8). A concubine was a woman given to a man simply for the purpose of sexual pleasure. Concubines were objects. Thus, Solomon could out-locker-room-boast basketball all-star Wilt Chamberlain (who once infamously claimed to have been with 20,000 women!) and infamous playboy Hugh Hefner. So many people are on an endless search for sexual pleasure. They may not have a thousand women literally, but they have that many or more in their pornographic internet history or their romance novels. They constantly look for a new illicit experience in order to be satisfied, but like Solomon they come away empty and disappointed—the high only lasts so long. 

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40 Consequences of Adultery

The counterfeit pleasure of an affair can never overcome the ways infidelity can destroy a life and marriage.
By Dave Boehi

That seemed quite appropriate to me. A spouse who is caught up in adultery is living only for the moment, caught up in a fantasy of excitement and desire, and ignoring the very real consequences.

Recently a seminary paper came across my desk titled “100 Consequences of Adultery,” written by Philip Jay, a student at Phoenix Seminary. The list provides a stark wake-up call about the ways infidelity can destroy a life and marriage. Here’s a selection from Jay’s list, presented with his permission:

If I committed adultery…

  1. My relationship with God would suffer from a break in fellowship.
  2. I would need to seek forgiveness from my Lord.
  3. I would suffer from the emotional consequences of guilt.
  4. I would spend countless hours replaying the failure.
  5. My wife would suffer the scars of this abuse more deeply than I could begin to describe.
  6. My wife would spend countless hours in counseling.
  7. My wife’s recovery would be long and painful.
  8. Her pain would grieve me deeply and compound my own suffering and shame.
  9. Our relationship would suffer a break in trust, fellowship, and intimacy.
  10. We would be together, yet feel great loneliness.
  11. The reputation of my family would suffer loss.
  12. My sons would be deeply disappointed and bewildered.
  13. My grandchildren would not understand.
  14. My friends would be disappointed and would question my integrity.
  15. I would lose my job at church.
  16. My witness among neighbors would become worthless.
  17. My witness to my brother would be worthless.
  18. My testimony among my wife’s family would be damaged.
  19. I might never be employed by a church again.
  20. I might never be in men’s ministry leadership.
  21. I would suffer God’s discipline.
  22. Satan would be thrilled at my failure.
  23. Satan would work overtime to be sure my shame never departed.
  24. My wife might divorce me.
  25. My children might never speak to me.
  26. Our mutual friends would shy away from us and break fellowship.
  27. I would bring emotional pain to the woman.
  28. I would bring reproach upon the woman.
  29. If the woman is married, her husband might attempt to bring harm.
  30. He might divorce her.
  31. An unwanted child could be produced.
  32. My part in conception might trigger an abortion, the killing of an innocent child.
  33. Disease might result.
  34. Some might conclude that all Christians are hypocrites.
  35. My business could fail because I couldn’t be trusted.
  36. My leadership among those I have led in the past might also be diminished in impact.
  37. My zeal for ministry would suffer and possibly result in others not continuing in ministry.
  38. My health would suffer.
  39. I might have to start life over again.
  40. This same sin might be visited upon my family for four generations.

It’s a pretty sobering list, isn’t it? What’s even more sobering is that many people will consider these consequences and still proceed in their sin. The fantasy is more important to them than the reality.

Also note that, though the list reflects a man’s perspective, nearly all the consequences would also apply to a wife committing adultery. The biggest benefit of this list may be in helping all of us realize the need to set up strict safeguards to ensure that we are faithful in our marriage commitment. If I am convinced of what adultery would do to me and to my family, I will watch my wandering eyes, guard my thought life, and avoid any situations that could put me in harm’s way.

The fantasy is just not worth it.

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Next Steps

1. Read “Guarding Against Adultery,” by Dennis Rainey.

2. Read Nancy Anderson’s story of infidelity, forgiveness, and restoration in her book, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome.

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Meet the Author: Dave Boehi

Dave Boehi is a senior editor at FamilyLife. He has written one book (I Still Do), coauthored the Preparing for Marriage workbook, edited dozens of books and Bible studies, and produces the FamilyLife e-newsletter Help & Hope. Dave and his wife, Merry, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and have two married daughters.

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The effort to impeach President Trump by Democrats is motivated by their incorrect answer to the question “Does human life begin at birth or conception?”

Francis Schaeffer took note of the conservative swing in the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan and he hoped it lead to repeal of loose abortion laws in the USA. Likewise, I am glad that Donald Trump has appointed many prolife judges and because of that have tried to impeach him. Below is Donald Trump’s Response:

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

December 17, 2019

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, DC. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment
crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment
represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers,
unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.

The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable
under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no
crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of
the very ugly word, impeachment!

By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of of?ce, you are
breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American
Democracy. You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nulli?cation
scheme?yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America?s founding and your
egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build.
Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by
continually saying pray for the President,? when you know this statement is not true, unless it
is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it,
not 1!

Your ?rst claim, ?Abuse of Power,? is a completely disingenuous, meritless, and baseless
invention of your imagination. You know that I had a totally innocent conversation with the
President of Ukraine. I then had a second conversation that has been misquoted,
mischaracterized, and fraudulently misrepresented. Fortunately, there was a transcript of the
conversation taken, and you know from the transcript (which was immediately made available)
that the paragraph in question was perfect. I said to President Zelensky: would like you to do
us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.?
I said do u_s a favor, not m, and our country, not a campaign. I then mentioned the Attorney
General of the United States. Every time I talk with a foreign leader, I put America?s interests
?rst, just as I did with President Zelensky.

 

You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches of government into an impeachable
offense?it is no more legitimate than the Executive Branch charging members of Congress with
crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power.

You know full well that Vice President Biden used his of?ce and $1 billion dollars of US. aid
money to coerce Ukraine into ?ring the prosecutor who was digging into the company paying his
son millions of dollars. You know this because Biden bragged about it on video. Biden openly
stated: said, ?I?m telling you, you?re not getting the billion dollars?. . .I looked at them and
said: ?I?m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not ?red, you?re not getting the money.?
Well, son of a bitch. He got ?red.? Even Joe Biden admitted just days ago in an interview with
NPR that it ?looked bad.? Now you are trying to impeach me by falsely accusing me of doing

what Joe Biden has admitted he actually did.

President Zelensky has repeatedly declared that I did nothing wrong, and that there was No
Pressure. He further emphasized that it was a ?good phone call,? that don?t feel pressure,? and
explicitly stressed that ?nobody pushed me.? The Ukrainian Foreign Minister stated very
clearly: have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance.? He also
said there was ?No Pressure.? Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a supporter of Ukraine who
met privately with President Zelensky, has said: ?At no time during this meeting. . .was there any
mention by Zelensky or any Ukrainian that they were feeling pressure to do anything in return
for the military aid.? Many meetings have been held between representatives of Ukraine and our
country. Never once did Ukraine complain about pressure being applied?not once!
Ambassador Sondland testi?ed that I told him: ?No quid pro quo. I want nothing. I want
nothing. I want President Zelensky to do the right thing, do what he ran on.?

The second claim, so-called ?Obstruction of Congress,? is preposterous and dangerous. House
Democrats are trying to impeach the duly elected President of the United States for asserting
Constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations
of both political parties throughout our Nation?s history. Under that standard, every American
president would have been impeached many times over. As liberal law professor Jonathan
Turley warned when addressing Congressional Democrats: ?1 can?t emphasize this enough. . .if
you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it
is an abuse of power. It?s your abuse of power. You?re doing precisely what you?re criticizing
the President for doing.?

Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening. Your chosen candidate lost the
election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306-227), and you and your party have never
recovered from this defeat. You have developed a full??edged case of what many in the media
call Trump Derangement and sadly, you will never get over it! You are unwilling and
unable to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016. So you
have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify
their votes. You View democracy as your enemy!

Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party?s impeachment
effort has been going on for ?two and a half years,? long before you ever heard about a phone
call with Ukraine. Nineteen minutes after I took the oath of of?ce, the Washington Post

 

published a story headlined, ?The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun.? Less
than three months after my inauguration, Representative Maxine Waters stated, ?I?m going to
?ght every day until he?s impeached.? House Democrats introduced the ?rst impeachment
resolution against me within months of my inauguration, for what will be regarded as one of our
country?s best decisions, the ?ring of James omey (see Inspector General Reports)?who the
world now knows is one of the dirtiest cops cur Nation has ever seen. A ranting and raving
Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, declared just hours after she was sworn into of?ce, ?We?re
gonna go in there and we?re gonna impeach the Representative Al Green said in
May, ?I?m concerned that if we don?t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.? Again, you
and your allies said, and did, all of these things long before you ever heard of President Zelensky
or anything related to Ukraine. As you know very well, this impeachment drive has nothing to
do with Ukraine, or the totally appropriate conversation I had with its new president. It only has
to do with your attempt to undo the election of 2016 and steal the election of 2020!

Congressman Adam Schiff cheated and lied all the way up to the present day, even going so far
as to fraudulently make up, out of thin air, my conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine
and read this fantasy language to Congress as though it were said by me. His shameless lies and
deceptions, dating all the way back to the Russia Hoax, is one of the main reasons we are here
today.

You and your party are desperate to distract from America?s extraordinary economy, incredible
jobs boom, record stock market, soaring con?dence, and ?ourishing citizens. Your party simply
cannot compete with our record: 7 million new jobs; the lowest-ever unemployment for African
Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans; a rebuilt military; a completely reformed
VA with Choice and Accountability for our great veterans; more than 170 new federal judges
and two Supreme Court Justices; historic tax and regulation cuts; the elimination of the
individual mandate; the ?rst decline in prescription drug prices in half a century; the ?rst new
branch of the United States Military since 1947, the Space Force; strong protection of the Second
Amendment; criminal justice reform; a defeated ISIS caliphate and the killing of the world?s
number one terrorist leader, al-Baghdadi; the replacement of the disastrous NAFTA trade deal
with the wonderful USMCA (Mexico and Canada); a breakthrough Phase One trade deal with
China; massiVe new trade deals with Japan and South Korea; withdrawal from the terrible Iran
Nuclear Deal; cancellation of the unfair and costly Paris Climate Accord; becoming the world?s
top energy producer; recognition of Israel?s capital, opening the American Embassy in
Jerusalem, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights; a colossal reduction in
illegal border crossings, the ending of Catch-and-Release, and the building of the Southern
Border Wall?and that is just the beginning, there is so much more. You cannot defend your
extreme policies?open borders, mass migration, high crime, crippling taxes, socialized
healthcare, destruction of American energy, late?term taxpayer-funded abortion, elimination of
the Second Amendment, radical far-left theories of law and justice, and constant partisan
obstruction of both common sense and common good.

There is nothing I would rather do than stop referring to your party as the Do-Nothing
Democrats. Unfortunately, I don?t know that you will ever give me a chance to do so.

 

After three years of unfair and unwarranted investigations, 45 million dollars spent, 18 angry
Democrat prosecutors, the entire force of the FBI, headed by leadership now proven to be totally
incompetent and corrupt, you have found Few people in high position could have
endured or passed this test. You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you
have in?icted upon wonderful and loving members of my family. You conducted a fake
investigation upon the democratically elected President of the United States, and you are doing it
yet again.

There are not many people who could have taken the punishment in?icted during this period of
time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens. But instead of putting
our country ?rst, you have decided to disgrace our country still further. You completely failed
with the Mueller report because there was nothing to find, so you decided to take the next hoax
that came along, the phone call with Ukraine?even though it was a perfect call. And by the
way, when I speak to foreign countries, there are many people, with permission, listening to the
call on both sides of the conversation.

You are the ones interfering in America?s elections. You are the ones subverting America?s
Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering
to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.

Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt. Against all evidence, and
regardless of the truth, you and your deputies claimed that my campaign colluded with the
Russians?a grave, malicious, and slanderous lie, a falsehood like no other. You forced our
Nation through turmoil and torment over a wholly fabricated story, illegally purchased from a
foreign spy by Hillary Clinton and the DNC in order to assault our democracy. Yet, when the
monstrous lie was debunked and this Democrat conspiracy dissolved into dust, you did not
apologize. You did not recantforgiven. You showed no remorse, no
capacity for self-re?ection. Instead, you pursued your next libelous and vicious crusade you
engineered an attempt to frame and defame an innocent person. All of this was motivated by
personal political calculation. Your Speakership and your party are held hostage by your most
deranged and radical representatives of the far left. Each one of your members lives in fear of a
socialist primary challenger?this is what is driving impeachment. Look at Congressman
Nadler?s challenger. Look at yourself and others. Do not take our country down with your

party.

 

If you truly cared about freedom and liberty for our Nation, then you would be devoting your
vast investigative resources to exposing the full truth concerning the horrifying abuses of
power before, during, and after the 2016 election?including the use of spies against my
campaign, the submission of false evidence to a FISA court, and the concealment of exculpatory
evidence in order to frame the innocent. The FBI has great and honorable people, but the
leadership was inept and corrupt. I would think that you would personally be appalled by these
revelations, because in your press conference the day you announced impeachment, you tied the
impeachment effort directly to the completely discredited Russia Hoax, declaring twice that ?all
roads lead to Putin,? when you know that is an abject lie. I have been far tougher on Russia than
President Obama ever even thought to be.

 

Any member of Congress who votes in support of impeachment?against every shred of truth,
fact, evidence, and legal principle?is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly
they detest America?s Constitutional order. Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan
politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.

Worse still, I have been deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this
impeachment scam right up until the present. I have been denied the most fundamental rights
afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence, to have my own counsel
present, to confront accusers, and to call and cross-examine witnesses, like the so-called
whistleblower who started this entire hoax with a false report of the phone call that bears no
relationship to the actual phone call that was made. Once I presented the transcribed call, which
surprised and shocked the fraudsters (they never thought that such evidence would be presented),
the so-called whistleblower, and the second whistleblower, disappeared because they got caught,
their report was a fraud, and they were no longer going to be made available to us. In other
words, once the phone call was made public, your whole plot blew up, but that didn?t stop you
from continuing.

More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.

You and others on your committees have long said impeachment must be bipartisan?it is not.
You said it was very divisive?it certainly is, even far more than you ever thought possible?and
it will only get worse!

This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment,
badly fail at the voting booth. You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire
Republican Party. But because of this colossal injustice, our party is more united than it has ever
been before. History will judge you as you proceed with this impeachment Charade.
Your legacy will be that of turning the House of Representatives from a revered legislative body
into a Star Chamber of partisan persecution.

Perhaps most insulting of all is your false display of solemnity. You apparently have so little
respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this
impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly. No intelligent person believes what you are
saying. Since the moment I won the election, the Democrat Party has been possessed by
Impeachment Fever. There is no reticence. This is not a somber affair. You are making a
mockery of impeachment and you are scarcely concealing your hatred of me, of the Republican
Party, and tens of millions of patriotic Americans. The voters are wise, and they are seeing
straight through this empty, hollow, and dangerous game you are playing.

I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the
upcoming 2020 election. They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of
power.

 

There is far too much that needs to be done to improve the lives of our citizens. It is time for you
and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy
and get back to work for the American People. While I have no expectation that you will do so, I
write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and
indelible record.

One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it,
and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again.

    

ona J. Trump
President of the United States of A rica

cc: United States Senate
United States House of Representatives

Two-track mind

Future Francis Schaeffers need neither neglect nor enshrine politics

Two-track mind

This week is the 50th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer’s founding of L’Abri, and some of the thousands (indirectly, millions) his thinking affected are convening in St. Louis. Last month I wrote about one Schaeffer book that has had a big impact, How Should We Then Live? His next-to-last book, A Christian Manifesto (1981), is also worth a second look, because in it Schaeffer puts before Christians involved in politics and culture the crucial strategic question: Which track are we on?

Let’s get to that question by asking how Schaeffer defined the central problem: “The people in the United States have lived under the Judeo-Christian consensus for so long that now we take it for granted. . . . We have forgotten why we have a positive balance between form and freedom in government, and the fact that we have such tremendous freedoms without these freedoms leading to chaos. Most of all, we have forgotten that none of these is natural in the world.”

He pointed out one practical effect of that amnesia by noting that 1 million residents of Somalia had recently died in war and noting that we kill more than that each year in the United States by abortion: “In Somalia it is war. But we kill in cold blood.”

In A Christian Manifesto Schaeffer described two tracks, and did not predict which would dominate. Here’s what he wrote: “The first track is the fact of the conservative swing in the United States in the 1980 election. With this there is at this moment a unique window open in the United States . . . and we must take advantage of it in every way we can as citizens, as Christian citizens of the democracy in which we still have freedom.” He noted that movement down the first track is slow, because opponents “are deeply entrenched, they have had their own way without opposition for a long time, and they will use every means” to stay in power.

The second track, though, is worse: It leads toward authoritarian government with rule by a legal and technological elite. The only way to fight back on that track would be civil or even forceful disobedience, and those tactics manufacture new dangers: “Speaking of civil disobedience is frightening because there are so many kooky people around. . . . Such people will in their unbalance tend to do the very opposite from considering the appropriate means at the appropriate time and place.”

Schaeffer himself didn’t give much specific detail on the appropriate ways to fight politically and culturally, but he emphasized that “we must not be satisfied with mere words” from leaders. On abortion and in every area he proposed working to use political and legal means to stop or contain social evil, but he emphasized the need to develop Christian alternatives. Neglecting politics and law is “absolutely utopian in a fallen world,” but not providing alternatives “is incomplete in conviction and will be incomplete in results.”

He did want to make clear that “we are in no way talking about any kind of theocracy. . . . In the Old Testament there was a theocracy commanded by God,” but now “we must not confuse the Kingdom of God with our country.” He emphasized that “the United States was founded upon a Christian consensus,” and that “we today should bring Judeo-Christian principles into play in regard to government. But that is very different from a theocracy in name or in fact.”

Some Christian romantics yearn for the second track and even try to force it by acting in extreme ways that invite extreme reactions. And yet, since Schaeffer approved of the election of Ronald Reagan, he would be even more optimistic after viewing the 2004 election and the resultant freedom that Christians have. He would also see the great dangers that we are closer to than we were a quarter-century ago, particularly genetic manipulation. He would mourn the continuation of the abortion holocaust and push for compassionate alternatives. But I believe he would advise us to do all we can to gain first-track success.

We need wisdom regarding how to operate on the first track in a way that neither neglects nor enshrines politics. We need to discern which behaviors by Christians are helpful in our first-track climate and which are not. And we need to nurture future Francis Schaeffers by teaching our children not just what to believe but why to believe it.

On the Arkansas Times blog in the comment section the person using username “Hackett” asserted:

Life begins when the fetus is viable outside the womb, prior to that it is parasitical and lives at the discretion of the host.

I responded with this post today:

It seems to me the real argument lies in the personhood of the unborn baby. (The best evidence pointing to unborn baby being human was given by my atheist friend Dr. Kevin Henke.) If it is just a piece of material that is lifeless then the pro-life crowd has no argument. However, if it is a person then the pro-choice crowd has no argument. (A great article on the Biblical passages against abortion are found in this link.)

My pro-life evidence lies in the lives of two of the most abortion supporters of the 1970’s. Why did they change to the pro-life view? Check out the links below for the answers.

“Jane Roe” or Roe v Wade is now a prolife Christian. She’s recently has done a commercial about it.

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I have often wondered why we got to this point in our country’s life and we allow abortion. The answer is found in the words of Schaffer.
Philosopher and Theologian, Francis A. Schaeffer has argued, “If there are no absolutes by which to judge society, then society is absolute.” Francis Schaeffer, How Shall We Then Live? (Old Tappan NJ: Fleming H Revell Company, 1976), p. 224.

Below is a clip from the film series “How Then Shall We Live?”

The Hand of God-Selected Quotes from Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D.,

Reasoned Audacity

Bernard Nathanson, M.D.

Silent Scream, The Hand of God is “semi-autobiographical…for the study of…the…demise of one system of morality…and the painful acquisition of another more coherent, more reliable [morality]…[with] the backdrop …of abortion. p. 3.

“We live in an age of fulsome nihilism; an age of death; an age in which, as author Walker Percy (a fellow physician, a pathologist who specializes in autopsying Western civilization) argued, “compassion leads to the gas chamber,” or the abortion clinic, or the euthanist’s office.” p. 4.

“I worked hard to make abortion legal, affordable, and available on demand. In 1968, I was one of the three founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League. I ran the largest abortion clinic …and oversaw tens of thousands of abortions. I have performed thousands myself.” p. 5.

“The Hippocratic Oath states the following,

I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner, I will not give to a woman a pessary [a device inserted in the vagina, thought erroneously to initiate an abortion] to produce an abortion.

The oath is unambiguous on these matters.” p. 48.

“The World Medical Association meeting at Geneva, in 1948, in the aftermath of the revelations of the Nazi medical experiments, revised the oath marginally to include the pledge, “I will retain the utmost respect for Human Life from conception.”…in 1964 restated the theme : “The health of my patient will be my first consideration.” p.50. The unborn baby in an abortion procedure is not considered a patient.

A Ronald Reagan radio address from 1975 addresses the topics of abortion and adoption. This comes from a collection of audio commentaries titled “Reagan in His Own Voice.”

I just wanted to share with you one of the finest prolife papers I have ever read, and it is by President Ronald Wilson Reagan.

I have a son named Wilson Daniel Hatcher and he is named after two of the most respected men I have ever read about : Daniel from the Old Testament and Ronald Wilson Reagan. I have studied that book of Daniel for years and have come to respect that author who was a saint who worked in two pagan governments but he never compromised. My favorite record was the album “No Compromise” by Keith Green and on the cover was a picture from the Book of Daniel.

One of the thrills of my life was getting to hear President Reagan speak in the beginning of November of 1984 at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock.  Immediately after that program I was standing outside on Markham with my girlfriend Jill Sawyer (now wife of 25 years) and we were alone on a corner and President was driven by and he waved at us and we waved back.

My former pastor from Memphis, Adrian Rogers, got the opportunity to visit with President Ronald Reagan on several occasions and my St Senator Jeremy Hutchinson got to meet him too. I am very jealous.

Take time to read this below and comment below and let me know what you thought of his words.

June 10, 2004, 10:30 a.m.
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation
Ronald Reagan’s pro-life tract.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While president, Ronald Reagan penned this article for The Human Life Review, unsolicited. It ran in the Review‘s Spring 1983, issue and is reprinted here with permission.

The 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators — not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973 is a good time for us to pause and reflect. But the consequences of this judicial decision are now obvious: since 1973, more than 15 million unborn children have had their lives snuffed out by legalized abortions. That is over ten times the number of Americans lost in all our nation’s wars.

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right. Shortly after the Roe v. Wade decision, Professor John Hart Ely, now Dean of Stanford Law School, wrote that the opinion “is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a “right” so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled.

As an act of “raw judicial power” (to use Justice White’s biting phrase), the decision by the seven-man majority inRoe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court’s decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead,Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.

Abortion concerns not just the unborn child, it concerns every one of us. The English poet, John Donne, wrote: “. . . any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life. We saw tragic proof of this truism last year when the Indiana courts allowed the starvation death of “Baby Doe” in Bloomington because the child had Down’s Syndrome.

Many of our fellow citizens grieve over the loss of life that has followed Roe v. Wade. Margaret Heckler, soon after being nominated to head the largest department of our government, Health and Human Services, told an audience that she believed abortion to be the greatest moral crisis facing our country today. And the revered Mother Teresa, who works in the streets of Calcutta ministering to dying people in her world-famous mission of mercy, has said that “the greatest misery of our time is the generalized abortion of children.”

Over the first two years of my Administration I have closely followed and assisted efforts in Congress to reverse the tide of abortion — efforts of Congressmen, Senators and citizens responding to an urgent moral crisis. Regrettably, I have also seen the massive efforts of those who, under the banner of “freedom of choice,” have so far blocked every effort to reverse nationwide abortion-on-demand.

Despite the formidable obstacles before us, we must not lose heart. This is not the first time our country has been divided by a Supreme Court decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed. They did it by appealing to the hearts and minds of their countrymen, to the truth of human dignity under God. From their example, we know that respect for the sacred value of human life is too deeply engrained in the hearts of our people to remain forever suppressed. But the great majority of the American people have not yet made their voices heard, and we cannot expect them to — any more than the public voice arose against slavery — until the issue is clearly framed and presented.

What, then, is the real issue? I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives — the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn’t feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn.

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I remember when President Carter and candidate Reagan debated in 1980 and the subject of abortion came up. Reagan said that if you were on a dusty area and you found someone laying down would you bury him without knowing for sure if he is alive or not? It is the same with the case of abortion.

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RESPONDING TO HARRY KROTO’S BRILLIANT RENOWNED ACADEMICS!! Part 157g Sir Bertrand Russell in 1918 went to prison for his opposition to the war and when Russell told a jailer he was agnostic the jailer responded,’I guess it’s all right. We worship the same God, don’t we?’

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Bertrand Russell as a child.Image result for bertrand russellOn November 21, 2014 I received a letter from Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto and it said:…Please click on this URL http://vimeo.com/26991975and you will hear what far smarter people than I have to say on this matter. I agree with them.Harry Kroto

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I have attempted to respond to all of Dr. Kroto’s friends arguments and I have posted my responses one per week for over a year now. Here are some of my earlier posts:Arif Ahmed, Sir David AttenboroughMark Balaguer, Horace Barlow, Michael BatePatricia ChurchlandAaron CiechanoverNoam Chomsky,Alan DershowitzHubert Dreyfus, Bart Ehrman, Stephan FeuchtwangDavid Friend,  Riccardo GiacconiIvar Giaever , Roy GlauberRebecca GoldsteinDavid J. Gross,  Brian Greene, Susan GreenfieldStephen F Gudeman,  Alan Guth, Jonathan HaidtTheodor W. Hänsch, Brian Harrison,  Hermann HauserRoald Hoffmann,  Bruce HoodHerbert Huppert,  Gareth Stedman Jones, Steve JonesShelly KaganMichio Kaku,  Stuart Kauffman,  Lawrence KraussHarry Kroto, George LakoffElizabeth Loftus,  Alan MacfarlanePeter MillicanMarvin MinskyLeonard Mlodinow,  Yujin NagasawaAlva NoeDouglas Osheroff,  Jonathan Parry,  Saul PerlmutterHerman Philipse,  Carolyn PorcoRobert M. PriceLisa RandallLord Martin Rees,  Oliver Sacks, John SearleMarcus du SautoySimon SchafferJ. L. Schellenberg,   Lee Silver Peter Singer,  Walter Sinnott-ArmstrongRonald de Sousa, Victor StengerBarry Supple,   Leonard Susskind, Raymond TallisNeil deGrasse Tyson,  .Alexander Vilenkin, Sir John WalkerFrank WilczekSteven Weinberg, and  Lewis Wolpert,In  the first video below in the 14th clip in this series are his words and I will be responding to them in the next few weeks since Sir Bertrand Russell is probably the most quoted skeptic of our time, unless it was someone like Carl Sagan or Antony Flew.  

50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1)

Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 2)

A Further 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 3)

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Quote from Bertrand Russell:

Q: Why are you not a Christian?Russell: Because I see no evidence whatever for any of the Christian dogmas. I’ve examined all the stock arguments in favor of the existence of God, and none of them seem to me to be logically valid.Q: Do you think there’s a practical reason for having a religious belief, for many people?Russell: Well, there can’t be a practical reason for believing what isn’t true. That’s quite… at least, I rule it out as impossible. Either the thing is true, or it isn’t. If it is true, you should believe it, and if it isn’t, you shouldn’t. And if you can’t find out whether it’s true or whether it isn’t, you should suspend judgment. But you can’t… it seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it’s useful, and not because you think it’s true.__ Image result for bertrand russell__

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Adrian Rogers: Who is Jesus?

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Adrian Rogers: Who is Jesus?

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Used By Permission © 2010 http://www.ARLC.orgNow, I want to talk to you today about Jesus. And, be finding Colossians chapter 1;
and, when you’ve found it, look up here, and let me speak to you—Colossians chapter 1.
Sometime ago, you watched, as I watched, the program hosted by Peter Jennings, “The Search for Jesus.” As a matter of fact, I watched for a while, and then could not take it any longer. And, I turned it off, and walked out of the room. I had just as soon watch a group of men with a bag over their head in a cave with a jar full of lightning bugs trying to find the noonday sun, as to watch these people talk about their search for Jesus. The reason they never really came down with anything definitive is they were looking in the wrong place. He is there to be found, if you want the authentic, the real, the genuine, the very Son of God.Bryant Gumbel was interviewing Larry King on CNN, and Bryant Gumbel asked Larry King this question: “If you could ask God only one question, Larry, what would it be?” Larry King said, “I would ask Him if He had a Son.” Very interesting. Great question. Answer: “Yes, He does, and His name is Jesus.”John Blanchard has estimated that, of all of the people who have ever lived since the dawn of civilization, there have been about 60 billion people that have walked Planet Earth. Of those 60 billion people who have walked Planet Earth, only a handful have made any real, lasting impression, have actually changed the world. And, in that handful of people, there is One who stands head and shoulders above all of the others—and His name is Jesus. More attention has been given to Him; more devotion has been given to Him; more criticism has been given to Him; more adoration has been given to Him; more opposition has been given to this one person than all of the others. Every recorded word that He said has been more sifted, analyzed, scrutinized, debated— every word—than all of the historians and the philosophers and the scientists put together. Yet, He was here 2,000 years ago. And, after 2,000 years, there is never one minute on this earth that millions are not studying what He said. Think about it—think about it: Here’s a person who lived in a minuscule, tiny little land two millenniums ago; and yet, His birth divides the centuries—AD, BC; Before Christ and Anno Domini, the year of our Lord.He never wrote a book that we know of; and yet, library after library could be filled with the volumes, the multiplied millions of volumes, that have been written about the Lord Jesus. He never painted a picture, so far as we know; and yet, the world’s greatest art, the world’s greatest dramas, the world’s greatest music, the world’s greatest literature has Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, as its source. Jesus never raised an army, so far as we know; yet multiplied millions have died for Him. He never traveled very far from His birthplace; and yet, His testimony has gone around, and around, and around the world. He only had a handful of little followers that followed Him there, in His ministry; and yet, today, over 30% of the world’s population names His name—the largest such grouping on Earth today—Jesus of Nazareth. A ministry of only three short years—public ministry; and yet, here we are, 2,000 years later, saying, “Jesus, Your name is wonderful,” because His name is. He had no formal education. He didn’t attend the university or seminary; and yet, thousands of universities, and seminaries, colleges, and schools are built in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And, in my estimation, in my humble but correct opinion, no one can call himself, herself, educated who does not understand Jesus Christ.

The great historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said this—listen to this quote: “Jesus has had more effect on the history of mankind than any other of His race who ever existed.” That’s not a Baptist preacher speaking that. To explain Jesus Christ is impossible; to ignore Jesus Christ is disastrous; to reject Him is fatal. Understand who Jesus Christ is: To know Him is to love Him; to love Him is to trust Him; to trust Him is to be radically, dramatically, and eternally changed, to be transformed. I’m talking about who is Jesus. Human speech is too limited to describe Him. The human mind— too small to comprehend Him; and, the human heart can never really, completely, totally absorb who Jesus Christ is.

Let’s read Colossians 1, and I want to begin reading. We’re going to have to break in; let’s break into verse 12: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet”—or “fitting”—“to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”—now, folks, that’s talking about you. He’s talking about your inheritance. If somebody wealthy left you a legacy, would you not be interested? Then pay attention—“who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:12–13). Larry King, there’s your answer. God does have a Son, and God said, “He is my dear Son.” And, He has a Kingdom.
Now, let’s talk about the inheritance that we have: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;”—and, here’s the key to it all—“that in all things he”—Jesus—“might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him”—that is, in His Son—“should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him”—by Jesus—“to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” (Colossians 1:14–21).

We’re going to talk a little bit now about the Lord Jesus Christ, that in all things He might have pre-eminence. He doesn’t want a place in your life. He doesn’t wish for prominence in your life. He deserves and demands pre-eminence. Three reasons I want to give—they’re right here before us:

I. Jesus Reveals the Father

Reason number one: Jesus reveals the Father—Jesus reveals the Father. Look, in verse 15: Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). God is Spirit— invisible, unfathomable, unapproachable. How are we going to know God? Jesus is “the image of the invisible God.” The visible Jesus makes the invisible God known. The word image is the word eikon. We’re going to talk about that, in a moment. How are you going to know God? Not by reason. How are you going to know God? Not by religion. How are you going to know God? Not by ritual. You’re going to know God only by revelation, and Jesus Christ has come to reveal God to you. You can never fully know God the Father apart from God the Son.

Now, look again at verse 15—look at it: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15). Put those two words down; lock your mind on those two words: image and firstborn—Colossians 1:15—image and firstborn. The word image is the Greek word eikon. If you have a computer, you have icons on your computer. It means a “a representation.” Now, Jesus is the icon of God. The Greek word means “the exact representation.” Jesus is the express image of the invisible God. He is the eikon of God. And, go to Colossians chapter 2 and verse 9. See how Paul sums it up there: “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). All of God was in Bethlehem’s stable. He is the eikon—the express image—of God.

You want to know God? Friend, Jesus Christ has cornered the market. He has a monopoly on revealing the Father. That’s the only way you’re going to know God. Let me give you a verse—put it in your margin: Matthew chapter 11 and verse 27. Here’s what Jesus Christ Himself said: “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27).

Now, either that’s true, or it’s not true. I believe it’s true. He says, “Nobody knows My Father but Myself, and you can’t know Him unless I introduce Him to you.” That’s a big statement. Why? Because, Jesus is the express image of God. You’re never going to figure God out. How can the finite understand the infinite? Not by reason, but by revelation. Any other god that you worship is the god of your guesses, and that’s a form of idolatry. You don’t conjure up some god to worship him. Jesus came to reveal the Father.

You say, “Well, Pastor Rogers, that’s narrow-minded.” Well, you could be so broad-minded that your mind gets thin in the middle, be so open-minded that your brains may fall out.

I want my doctor to be narrow-minded. I don’t want him to say, “Well, you’re sick. Here are 10 bottles of medicine. Let’s just take one of them and see what happens.” I want my airplane pilot to be narrow-minded, and not try to land with the landing gear up. I want my banker to be narrow-minded. But, in the thing that matters the most, my eternal destiny, I think I’m not ignorant to want a little certitude, a certainty.

Yes, you can’t know the Father apart from Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t say, “I’m a way”; He said, “I am the way.” He didn’t say, “I am a light”; He said, “I am the light. I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). You see, God was manifest in the flesh.

My pastor friend, Jerry Vines, imagines Jesus Christ going into the temple and having a conversation with the teachers, when he was a 12-year-old boy. And, one of the learned doctors there strokes his beard, and says, “Son, how old are You?” “Well,” He says, “On My mother’s side, I’m 12-years-old, but on My Father’s side, I’m older than My mother and as old as My Father.” You see, He was both God and man. Now, on His mother’s side, He got thirsty; on His Father’s side, He said, “I am the water of life.” On His mother’s side, He got hungry; on His Father’s side, He took a little lad’s lunch and fed 5,000. On His mother’s side, He was homeless, and didn’t have a place to lay His head; on His Father’s side, He owned the cattle on a thousand hills. On His mother’s side, He wept at the grave of Lazarus; on His Father’s side, He said, “Lazarus, come forth,” and raised him from the dead. He was God in human flesh. That’s the word image.

Look at the word firstborn there, in verse 15. Now, don’t get the idea that firstborn implies a beginning. Jesus never had a beginning. There never was a time when Jesus was not. Jesus said, over there, in the Gospel of John, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Not, “I was”—“I am.” He is the great “I AM.” He never had a beginning. He has always existed in a state, never a start. He didn’t have His beginning at Bethlehem.

What does the word firstborn mean? Now, the Jehovah’s Witnesses tell us that there was a time when Jesus was not, that He was created; and, this is one of the verses that they try to use, but they mishandle the word firstborn altogether. The word firstborn speaks of honor and privilege, as God said of David, in Psalm 89, verse 27: “Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth” (Psalm 89:27). Firstborn speaks of His exalted position. Look, in verse 17: “And he”—Jesus—“is before all things” (Colossians 1:17). He could not be created. Why? Because, all things were created by Him. It is obvious that whether there are things in Heaven, things on Earth— everything was made by Jesus, and for Jesus.

And so, you want to know God the Father? Would you like to know what the great, invisible God is like—who He is? Would you like to know His heart? Friend, Jesus reveals the Father. Thank God for that. Second point: Not only does Jesus reveal the Father; He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn, the highest of all creation and above all creation.

II. Jesus Rules the Future

But secondly, Jesus rules the future—Jesus rules the future. Begin now, in verse 16:
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him”—now, watch this—“to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” (Colossians 1:16–20).

Now, what is this taking about? It’s talking about One who rules the universes, One who not only has this whole world in His hands, but He has the past, the present, the future in His hands. People ask, “What is the world coming to?” Answer: “It’s coming to Jesus—it is coming to Jesus.” All things were created by Him, and for Him, and it will all climax in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A. Jesus is the Power of Creation

Now, let me point this out just a little bit. First of all, he says, Jesus is the power of creation. Look, if you will, in verse 16. Jesus is the power of creation. “For by him were all things created; (Colossians 1:16). He is the power of creation. The little baby in Matthew 1 is the mighty God of Genesis 1. There was nothing made without Him. John tells us, “All things were made by him” (John 1:3).

“Adrian, don’t you believe in evolution?” Not for a skinny minute. No, I don’t believe in evolution. After I studied it, I wouldn’t believe in evolution, even if I weren’t a Christian. It’s the next best guess of those who do not know the Word of God.

Now, if evolution is true, you have problems with the Scripture. If the Bible can’t tell me from whence I have come, how can it tell me where I’m headed? You have trouble with salvation. If there’s no creation, no Adam and Eve, no Garden of Eden, there was no fall into sin. And, if there’s no fall into sin, there’s no need for a new birth. Man is just progressing onward and upward. But, Jesus said, in John 3: “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). If Genesis 3 is a myth, John 3 is a farce. You have a problem with salvation. I’ll tell you something else: If you believe in evolution, you’re going to have problems in society, and that’s why we have so many. As we’ve often said, you teach the boys and girls they come from animals—it ought not to surprise us that they begin to act like animals. Listen. It was all made by Jesus.

Do you think all of this just happened? Do you think it’s just by some random chance—it all came out of some sort of primordial ooze that came out of lifeless matter? In your own body, there are 300 trillion cells in the human body—all of them incredibly complex.

There’s a book out you need to read called Darwin’s Black Box. You know, all scientists, and inventors, and pseudo-scientists selling snake oil or whatever—they have a little black box, and they say, “Well, you can’t look in there. That’s my trade secret.” Well, Michael Behe just kind of pried open Darwin’s black box, and I don’t want to get too complicated, but he talks about irreducible complexity. You take life and just reduce it back until you can’t reduce it any simpler. And, when you look at the simplest part, it is so complex that there’s no way possible that just one cell could have come about by evolution, because all of the components of that one cell are interdependent. It takes one for the other to be there. One could not have come out of the other.
I want to say again that you have in your human body 300 trillion cells. Now, in that one cell, you have rods known as chromosomes. And, in these chromosomes, you have genes, or your genetic makeup. And, that’s determined by something today that we call DNA. And, they look now at the DNA, and they say, “There’s a mind there. There’s intelligence there. There’s design there. There’s not randomness there.

” In the DNA, in one cell—one cell, there is enough information printed in books, it would take 600,000 books to write down the code of the DNA that is in one of the trillions of cells in your body that determines your intellect, the color of your hair, your personality—all of those things, encoded right in there. Who did all of that? Jesus. “All things were made by him” (John 1:3). He, friend, is the power of creation.

B. Jesus is the Preserver of Creation

I’ll tell you something else: He is the preserver of creation. Look, in verse 17 of this same chapter: “He is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). Do you know what the word consist means? They stick together. Jesus Christ is the glue of the galaxies. What is it that keeps it all from falling apart or coming apart? Jesus.

Jesus is the One who feeds the sun with its fuel. Jesus is the One who guides the planets in their orbit around the sun. Jesus is the One who has set out all of the stars. Talk about natural law—there’s no natural law. They’re the laws of Jesus that nature obeys. It is by Jesus that all things consist (Colossians 1:17).

I was looking recently at Isaiah chapter 40 and verse 26. Listen to it—a great verse: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things…”—sometime, take time on a dark night to go out, and look up. That’s what he says—“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things,”—do you think that everything came out of nothing? You say, “I can’t believe in an eternal God.” You believe in eternal, inanimate matter? Now, listen to this—“[he] bringeth out their host by number:”—he’s talking about the stars—“he calleth them all by names” (Isaiah 40:26).

I was listening to radio the other day, and they said, “You want to give a Christmas present? We’ll name a star after you. You choose somebody, and we will name a star for that person, and we’ll put it in a book.” Friend, too late! Too late. Every one of the billions, and billions, and billions, and billions, and billions, and billions, and billions, and billions—and I could go on until the service ends—Jesus has named every one of them. He is the preserver of creation. He guides it all.

Light travels at 186,282 miles per second. How fast is that? All right, let’s hijack a light beam and travel around the earth—been around the earth 7 1/2 times right there, around the circumference. You want to go to the sun? The sun’s 93 million miles away. You can get there in 8 1/2 minutes, traveling on a light beam. You want to go to the nearest star? It would take you 4 1/2 years, traveling at 186,282 miles per second, to get to the nearest star. Friend, that’s 27 trillion miles away. And, that’s the closest one! There are more than 100 billion stars in our galaxy. To go from side to side, rim to rim, in our galaxy, would take you 100,000 light years, traveling at 186,282 miles per second. Who did that? His name is Jesus—His name is Jesus. He’s the One by whom all things consist. He is the power of creation. And, friend, He is the preserver of creation.

C. Jesus is the Purpose of Creation

And, He is the purpose of creation. Look, if you will now, in verse 16—look at it: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him,”—now, watch it—“and for him” (Colossians 1:16). Why all of this? Did you think it was for you? No, it’s for the Lord Jesus Christ.

For is a preposition that speaks of direction. It’s the Greek word eis—“moving in the direction.” Now, we, in America, have been invaded by Eastern religions. Eastern religions are circular. Everything goes ’round, and ’round, and ’round, and ’round. That’s the reason they believe in reincarnation. I’ve always thought reincarnation was putting the milk back in the can. You’ll get that later. They believe in reincarnation. That is, everything is circular. And so, you have to live with good karma. And, if your karma is not good, then, in your next life, you may come back as a roach. But, if you’ve been good, you might come back as a cow. That’s the reason they don’t eat meat. You might be eating your grandmother.

Now, they believe that it’s all circular; but it’s not circular, it is all headed in a direction. The Bible is linear. We’re moving to the time when the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ. That’s the reason He taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth, even as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). I can hardly wait!

And, by the way, think of what’s going on today in history. Let me give you a verse my wife pointed out to me yesterday; I’ve been living on it—Isaiah chapter 33, verse 22: “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king;”—got it? Judge, lawgiver, and king. What are the three parts of our government? The judiciary— the judge; the legislative—the lawgiver; and the executive—the king. Did you know Jesus is all three? You talk about a balance of power—He doesn’t need any balance of power. He is the power! The Lord—He is the judge; He is the lawgiver; He is the king. And then, it says—and this is Isaiah 33, verse 22—“he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22).

Friend, it is all headed to Jesus. It was all—it is all—for Him, for the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the key to the mystery of history.

I’m told that a young man was taking a philosophy course. He’d studied, and studied, and studied, and he came to the final exam, and the philosophy professor had a little bit of a sense of humor. He wanted to see how much philosophy these young people knew, how well they could think. The final examination was one word: “Why?” A student thought for a while, wrote one word down, and walked out: “Because!” I would add two more words: “because of Jesus—because of Jesus, because of Jesus.”

He is the mystery of history. Why is it all me? “All things were created by him, and for him…and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16–17). And, history has a date with Deity.

III. Jesus Reconciles the Fallen

Last thing of these three things I want to lay on your heart: Not only does Jesus reveal the Father, not only does Jesus rule the future, but Jesus, thank God, reconciles the fallen. That’s why He came. Look, in verse 18 now—look at it: “And he”—Jesus—“is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulless dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometimes alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet hath he reconciled” (Colossians 1:18–21). That’s so wonderful! This Jesus, who declared the Father; this Jesus, who dominates the future; this is Jesus, who delivers the fallen, reconciles God and man.

You see, Christians are not just nicer people. They’re not just people who give intellectual assent to certain doctrinal things. But, you have to see the contrast. I mean, what is Paul saying? Paul is saying, “Look, He is the One who made everything. He made it all; it all belongs to Him. And yet, He hung naked on a cross.”

Think of it. God, the mighty Maker, died for man, the creature’s, Sin. You have to get it in its context. You have to understand what he’s talking about. He’s set you up. He’s telling you how great, how awesome, how mighty is Jesus. And then, he speaks of the blood of His cross. He died on a cross.

The One who made every seed, every limb, every tree—He dies on a tree. The One who made the oceans, and the fountains, and the rivers, and the streams, said, “I thirst.” The One who flung that sun out into space is the One who’s blistered by the noonday sun. He is dying. His death and His deity are put together. Other people have died; but friend, it’s His deity that makes His death meaningful. And, it is His death that makes His deity knowable. The two are together.

When Jesus created the universe, He did it with His Word. He said, “Let it be,” and it was; and, universes sprang from His fingertip. But, when He saved us, it took every drop of His blood. He didn’t have to do that. Larry King, He does have a Son. He died for you. Peter Jennings, He’s not the Jesus of some finger-thumping philosopher; He’s the Son of God, revealed in the pages of His Holy Word. He’s the One that took my sin—your sin, our sin—to the cross; and, there, made peace with the blood of His cross. And, on His cross, He took sinful man with one hand, holy God with the other hand, and reconciled God and man.

A woman was dying. They didn’t know who she was. She was in a hospital, apart from friends and family. They said, “Get a minister.” The minister came in, bent down, and whispered in her ear, “They say you’re dying. Have you made peace with God?” She shook her head. They huddled a while and came back. And the minister, wanting to press the point, said, “Dear lady, you’re dying. Don’t you think you need to make peace with God?” She shook her head again in the negative. The third time, they said, “You need to make peace with God.” She said, “No, I don’t. I am resting in the peace that Jesus has already made. I cannot make peace with God. Jesus made peace with the blood of His cross.” And, what we need to do is to enter into that peace by faith and trust the Lord Jesus.

Conclusion

Now, I’ve come to the end of the message. What is the bottom line? Listen to it—don’t miss it: “that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). Question to you: Does He have pre-eminence in your life?

Ellis A. Fuller was one of our great preachers of yesterday. Ellis Fuller had a girl that he loved very much and wanted to marry her. Let me tell you how he proposed to her: He said to her, “Would you be willing to take second place in my life?” Jesus is, and always will be, number one. Joyce knows she’s not number one in my life. She knows she’s number two; and, she’d much rather have it that way, because she knows that I can love her in a way that I never could love her, if she were number one.

Does Jesus Christ have the pre-eminence in your life? If not, what right do you have to call yourself a Christian? “That in all things”—everything—“he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). Who is Jesus? Friend, He is the Jesus of this Book.

Would you bow your heads in prayer? How many of you can say, “Pastor Rogers, I know that I know if I died today, I know on the authority of the Word of God—because I have repented of my sin, trusted Christ, and God’s Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I’m a child of God—I know that, if I died today, I’d go straight to Heaven”? Would you just lift your hand up, and hold it up, for a moment? Thank you. Take it down.

Now, I asked you to do that, because I wanted you to consider it. If you could not lift your hand, I want to guide you in a prayer. And, in this prayer today, if you will sincerely pray it, and mean it, Jesus Christ will save you: “Dear God. I’m a sinner, and I’m lost; and, I need to be saved. I need to be reconciled by the blood of Jesus to You. I open my heart. By faith, I embrace Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart. Forgive my sin. Save me, Jesus.”

Did you ask Him? Thank Him: “Thank You for saving me, Jesus. I receive it by faith. And now, I will not be ashamed of You. I will make it public, if You will give me the strength, and I know You will. In Your name I pray. Amen.”

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Adrian Rogers: How to Have a True Foundation

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Published on Apr 22, 2016

We cannot have a Biblical worldview without a true foundation. Adrian Rogers shares important insight into why a Christian worldview provides a foundation that explains the relationship we are to have with a personal God. A Christ-centered worldview is essential to understanding His plan.

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How to Have a True Foundation By Adrian Rogers
Date Preached: October 6, 1996 Time: 1800
Main Scripture Text: Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
GENESIS 1:1
Outline
Introduction
I. A God Who Is Simply Presented
II. A God Who Is Sovereignly Powerful
III. A God Who Is Surely Purposeful
A. God Made Everything for His Pleasure
B. God Made Everything for His Praise
C. God Made Everything for His People
IV. A God Who Is Savingly Personal
Conclusion
A. We Have a Solemn Obligation to God
B. God Has an Obligation to Us

Introduction
Thus far we’ve been just kind of circling the woods a little bit, but now we’re going to
begin to start at the beginning place and build outward to try to tell you how we can
have a firm, a full, a true foundation to face this world in which we live. There’s no better
place to start than in the starting place, which is the most read verse in all of the Bible.
Now the most loved verse in all of the Bible is John 3:16. But the most read verse in all
of the Bible is Genesis 1:1. More people have read that than any other verse because
more people at some time or another have said, “Let’s see what this book is about,” and
they start at the starting place. That’s a good place for us to start, so I want you to open
your Bibles tonight as we’re talking about a Christian worldview. And we’re going to start
tonight at the starting place, and then we’re going to build out from there.
The starting place is Genesis 1 and verse 1: “In the beginning…”—in the starting
place—“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) This is
foundational truth. Now if you want to understand truth, you’ve got to enter into the
temple of truth. And in the temple of truth the key is on the front door. It is Genesis 1:1.
And very frankly, folks, when we come to Genesis 1:1, we come with a teacup to an
ocean of truth. We do not have the ability, nor the time, nor the insight, to exhaust this
one verse, the truth of this one verse.
But there are four thoughts about God that I want to give you that come out of this
one verse that will be foundational. And we’re going to come back to the early verses of
Genesis, and we’re going to talk about what the Bible has to say about humanism, what
the Bible has to say about New Ageism, what the Bible has to say about evolution, what
the Bible has to say about the family, what the Bible has to say about homosexuality,
what the Bible has to say about animal rights, what the Bible has to say about
feminism—it’s all going to come right out of the book of Genesis, and it’s going to begin
and come back to this one verse: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the
earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
I. A God Who Is Simply Presented
Now in all philosophy, really, there’s only one great question: Did God make man, or did
man make God? And everything else just flows out of that according to the answer to
that one particular verse. Now God made man. And what you see here in this one
verse, first of all, is a God who is simply presented. Write that down: “A God who is
simply presented.” God is not argued. God is not explained. God is not defended. God
is just simply presented. “In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1) Now it might surprise
you to know that the Bible writers never tried to prove the existence of God. If you try to
prove the existence of God, you’re going to do something that the writers of the Bible
never attempted to do. And the Bible has all that you and I need for faith. It is full and it
is complete. And there is no explanation in the Bible for the existence of God. God is
simply presented. And God must be accepted by faith.
Now if you live very long, a skeptic will come to you, and a skeptic will throw this
challenge down to you: “Prove there is a God.” Don’t endeavor to do it. Do not endeavor
to do it. You’ll be endeavoring to do something the Bible does not endeavor to do. And
you just simply say to that skeptic, “I cannot prove to you that God exists.” And when
you say that, he will smile and act like he’s won a victory, but he has not. You say to
him, “Now prove God does not exist.” And he can no more prove that God does not
exist than you can prove that God does exist. You see, we are finite. God is infinite. And
the finite can never prove nor disprove the existence of the infinite. And so the scientists
have moved heaven and earth trying to prove how the world and the universe came into
existence. But science can’t do that, because science is limited to the study of
phenomena and processes that are now existing. The scientist has to have those things
that are now existing to go into his laboratory. And if he doesn’t have that, he must
remain silent.
That’s the reason God threw out this question to Job—and I’d like to throw it out to
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every scientist alive today—Job chapter 38 and verse 4: “Where were you when I laid
the foundations of the earth? Declare if you have understanding.” (Job 38:4) What He’s
saying is, “You weren’t around when I did it, and so there’s no way that you can
examine it.” Now, you see, folks, we must learn this, that we are not the only ones who
are believers. Everybody, all almost six billion people who live on the face of the earth,
are believers—everyone. Some believe in God, and some don’t believe in God. But all
are believers. We believe there is a God. They believe there is no God. We accept by
faith there is a God. They must accept by faith there is no God. They can no more prove
that God does not exist than we can prove that God does exist.
Now when I said we don’t have proof, I didn’t mean that we don’t have evidence.
There’s incredible evidence. I mean, if you have a creation, common sense tells you
you must have a Creator. As we’ve said before, “Nothing plus nobody equals
everything” is the creed of the atheists. I mean, it’s pretty stupid, really. Excuse me. I’m
not supposed to say that. It’s pretty non-intelligent.
Now, you know, to look for scientific proof of God would be like taking a piano apart
looking for a song. God is not subject to scientific proof. Now whether you believe in
God or not is not a matter, therefore, of intellectualism. It’s not a matter of the mind. It’s
a matter of the heart. The Bible says, in Psalm 53, verse 1, “The fool hath said in his
heart, There is no God.” (Psalms 14:1; Psalms 53:1) Now when the Bible uses the word
fool, it does not mean the man who is mentally deficient; it means the man who is
morally deficient. The word nabal, or fool, does not deal with the intellect. It deals with
integrity; it deals with morality. And what God is saying is that a man with a wicked heart
is the kind of a man who denies God.
And how did they get to be fools? Well, the Bible tells us, in Romans 1, verse 22,
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) And they must
maneuver themselves into not believing in God. Romans 1, verse 28, says, “And even
as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate
mind.” (Romans 1:28) And so when the Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart there
is no God,” (Psalms 14:1; Psalms 53:1) what it literally means is, “The fool says, ‘No
God for me.’ ” It doesn’t literally say, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God,” but
it literally says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘No God,’ ” just like you might go through
the cafeteria line and say, “No dessert.” And the fool says, “No God. I do not want God.”
But when he refuses God, and when he says there is no God, something inside tells
him that he is lying, and he knows that he’s lying.
I told you before of a trucking firm whose headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia. And
that trucking firm gives a test to all of the prospective employees. It is a lie detector test.
And one question on that lie detector test is this: Do you believe in God? And not
everybody said they did. There were some who said they did not believe in God. But
everyone who said they did not believe in God, the lie detector said, he’s lying—he’s
lying—everyone—because down in the human heart there is that residual thing that the
Bible says, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith,” (Romans 12:3) and
Christ is that light that “lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9)
So “in the beginning God,” He is just simply presented—a God who is simply
presented. Don’t get into the difficulty of trying to prove that God exists. You can give
evidences for God, but the proof that God exists is beyond you. But God does exist, and
He is a God who is simply presented.
II. A God Who Is Sovereignly Powerful
Now here’s the second thing I want you to learn about this God. He is a God who is
sovereignly powerful. Look again at this verse: “In the beginning God”—did what? He—
“created.” (Genesis 1:1) He created. His mighty power, Paul says, in Romans, is seen
through the creation. (Romans 1:20) Only God has creative power. Only God has
originating power. The Hebrew word for create is bara, and it’s used about fifty times,
and it means “to make something out of absolute nothing.”
Turn to Romans chapter 4 for a moment, and let me point that out again. In Romans
4, you’re going to see it, and then we’re going to look at Hebrews 11. Look in Romans 4
and verse 17—Paul is talking about the faith of Abraham: “(As it is written, I have made
thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who
quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.”
(Romans 4:17) What that simply means is, God is the only One who can make
something out of nothing.
And then turn to the book of Hebrews, if you will, and look with me in Hebrews
chapter 11 and verse 3. There again we have the same idea that God makes something
out of nothing: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of
God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
(Hebrews 11:3) That is, God is the One who makes something out of nothing, the only
One who can. Man cannot create anything, and man cannot destroy anything. All man
can do is to change the form.
People talk about the laws of nature. There are no laws of nature. There are God’s
laws that nature obeys. Science simply discovers those laws. Science does not create
those laws any more than Columbus created North America because he discovered it.
You see, in the beginning, God made something of nothing.
An eloquent black preacher said—and I quote—“God stepped from behind the
curtain of nowhere and stood upon the platform of nothing and spoke a world into
existence.” I like that. You see the handiwork of God in what He made. A tiny cell, one
cell, just one cell in the human body, is so incredibly wonderful—just one cell. And there
are 100 trillion cells or more in your body.
Paul Doty of Harvard University said that one human cell, just one of them, is more
complicated in its existence than all of New York City. I hope in a lot better shape, if it’s
your cell. But just take that one cell—more complicated than that megalopolis, and there
are 100 trillion of them in your body! Much smaller than the cell is the atom. A billion
hydrogen atoms put side by side are not as thick as the page of this Bible that I have.
The atom is so small, and it’s mostly space.
I read not so long ago, if you were to take all of the emptiness out of everything,
squeeze all of the nothing out of it, you could put the entire earth and its remains in a
two-gallon bucket. It’s incredible. You think of the smallness, the intricacy of what God
made. God made it out of nothing.
And then think of the incredible size of the universe. Light travels at the rate of
186,282 miles per second. That’s how fast it travels. It travels so fast they can’t
measure it in miles; they measure it in years—light-years. Traveling at that speed, it
passes the moon in two seconds. Bang, bang, it’s past the moon. It takes it, folks, four
years to reach the nearest star. That’s four light-years away, four and a half light-years
away, and yet light, traveling from earth, would not reach the edge of our known
universe for ten billion light-years, traveling at 186,282 miles per second.
Who made all of that? How did it happen? By chance? No. God did it. “In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
If you see a watch, I hope you assume there’s a watchmaker. If you see a water
system, I hope you assume that somebody designed it. If you see a building, I hope you
assume an architect. And if you see the precise atomic clocks of the universe, I hope
you don’t believe that happened by chance. If you see the hydrologic cycle in nature, I
hope you don’t believe that happened by chance. If you see the complex structure of
your body, or any human body, or any organism that God has made, I hope you don’t
believe that that happened by chance.
The evolutionists believe that billions of years, plus time, plus chance, can turn frogs
into princes. In school, they call that fairy tales. In the laboratory, they call it science.
Man cannot create. All man can do is to change things. He can take simpler forms and
put them into more complex forms, or vice versa, but he cannot create. So what you
have in Genesis 1:1 is a God who is simply presented. He is not argued; He’s just
presented.“In the beginning God…” (Genesis 1:1)
Then you have a God who is sovereignly powerful, the God who does what He alone
can do and that is to create. When we get to evolution, one of the questions I want all
the kids to ask their teacher when they get to school: Where did all this primordial ooze
come from? I mean, regardless, if they say, “Well, you know, there was green scum
somewhere,” where did the green scum come from? They say, “Life came from Mars.”
Well, where did Mars come from? Where did it come from? You’re cast on two
alternatives: a self-existing universe or a self-existing God. And it’s much easier to
believe, unless you’re a materialist, that God created the heavens and the earth.
III. A God Who Is Surely Purposeful
Here’s the third thing I want you to learn about God. Now this is foundational. A God
who is simply presented—not argued, presented. A God who is sovereignly powerful—
the God who made it all, He is the creative God. The third thing: a God who is surely
purposeful. Why did He do it? Well, when you look at creation, there are two things you
can see in creation very easily. One is design, and the other is purpose.
Now, let me give you three reasons why God did it:
A. God Made Everything for His Pleasure
First of all, God created everything just for His pleasure. He’s God, and He can do
whatever He wishes. And the Bible says, in Revelation chapter 4, verse 11, speaking to
the Lord Jesus Christ, who was God’s agent in creation, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to
receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11) He did it to please Himself. He
created it for His pleasure.
B. God Made Everything for His Praise
The second reason He created it is for His praise. Put these scriptures down. Romans
11, verse 36: “For of him,”—speaking of God—“and through him, and to him, are all
things: to whom be glory for ever.” (Romans 11:36) Psalm 150, verse 6, says, “Let
every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.” (Psalms 150:6) Everything that God
created is a grand paeon in a crescendo of praise. The trees are to lift their branches
and say, “Praise the Lord!” The flowers are to unfold their petals and say, “Praise the
Lord!” The birds, as they spread their wings, are to praise the Lord. The stars that nestle
in the bosom of the sky are to say, “Praise the Lord!” As Niagara Falls rolls and rolls and
rolls, it is to say, “Praise the Lord!” God created it all for His pleasure and for His praise.
C. God Made Everything for His People
The third reason that God made it all is for His people, so you and I would have a place
to live, because God was going to create a race, and God had to have a place for them
to stand and sleep and eat and work. So He made it for us—a home. And when God
made it, God stepped back and said that it was good.
And let me say that all of God’s creation is good. Don’t you ever become an ascetic;
don’t you ever think that material things are bad. Don’t ever think for one moment that
this earth and materialism is bad. It is not bad. Materialism is bad if it becomes your
God. But to love the world that God made is not bad. God created it, and God said, “It is
good.” And God put Adam and Eve in a garden, and God said to them, “Help yourself.”
“Of every tree in the garden thou mayest freely eat.” (Genesis 2:16) And the devil wants
you to think negatively about God’s creation, as if God doesn’t love you. But God does
love you.
Put these verses down, speaking of creation for His people. Psalm 37, verse 4:
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
(Psalms 37:4) Psalm 84, verse 11: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will
give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
(Psalms 84:11) First Timothy chapter 6, verse 17: “Charge them that are rich in this
world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God,
who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Why did God make
strawberries? For us—for us. I mean He is a good God. Why did God create this world?
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Why? For His
pleasure, for His praise, and for His people.
IV. A God Who Is Savingly Personal
Now here’s the fourth thing I want us to learn about God tonight. Not only is this God a
God who is simply presented, and not only is this God a God who is sovereignly
powerful, and not only is this God a God who is surely purposeful, but this is a God who
is savingly personal. Now He is savingly personal. Look, if you will, in this verse again:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Now the name for God here is
the name Elohim, and it speaks of a personal God. We’re going to talk with you about
that for a moment. The word El means a God who has unlimited power. It’s the word
that speaks of strength. So He is El. And then the last part of that word Elohim, alah,
comes from a word which means “to swear,” or “to make a covenant.” Put those two
words together—strength and covenant—and what you have is a God who is Almighty
and who always keeps His word. Now, think about it. In the beginning, Elohim—the One
who is Almighty and who always keeps His word—created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis 1:1) That means He is savingly personal.
Now a few years ago, a movie came out called Star Wars. I have not seen that
movie unless I’ve caught part of it on television. I don’t normally go to the movie houses,
as such. I don’t think I’ve seen the movie. But I think I’ve read enough about it to know
that that movie, in some way, gives a tacit recognition of a supreme being, but the
supreme being in that movie is called “the Force.” You see, that’s impersonal. But in the
Bible, God is not “the Force”; God is a person who has intelligence, emotion, and will.
Now we’re going to be talking about a Christian worldview. And Genesis 1:1
decimates every other worldview except the biblical worldview. For example, one
worldview that some people have is atheism: There is no God. Well, you can’t believe in
Genesis 1:1 and believe that. Another worldview is polytheism: many gods. But you
can’t believe Genesis 1:1 and believe that. Another worldview is fatalism—that
everything is just going to happen; there’s nothing we can do about it. You can’t believe
Genesis 1:1 and believe that, because here is a loving God, who is all-powerful and
always keeps His word. Another worldview is pantheism—that is, that the universe and
God are the same, that everything is God. And pantheism, of course, as we’re going to
see, comes out of Hinduism. They believe that God is in everything, and everything is
God. And so you’re God, and I’m God, and the animals are God. This is the basis of
New Ageism that we’re going to talk about—that everybody is God, we’re becoming
God, and it’s all wrapped up in reincarnation, and all of that. And so everything is God.
Well, don’t feel too good about that if you believe in pantheism. That doesn’t elevate
you; that degrades you, because if everything is God, then dirt is God, and God is dirt,
and you are God, and you are dirt. I mean, think about it. You see, this does away with
atheism. It does away with polytheism. It does away with fatalism. It does away with
pantheism. It does away with materialism. The materialist says that the universe has
always existed. Carl Sagan believes that. That’s much more difficult to believe than
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
Materialism is the eternality of matter.
And so we have a God in this book who is simply presented. He is the God with
whom nothing is impossible (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27) and who always keeps His
word. But we have another word that describes this God who is savingly personal. It is
the word Elohim, which is a plural noun. It’s plural. So what it literally says is, “In the
beginning Gods created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) You say, “Well now,
wait a minute, Pastor. I thought you said there’s only one God.” There is. But look, if you
will, in verse 26: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness.”
(Genesis 1:26) One God who presents Himself in three persons—God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God reveals Himself in the opening verse of the Bible
as a triune God.
Now, folks, we have a God who is simply presented; we should recognize Him. We
have a God who is sovereignly powerful; we should respect Him. We have a God who
is surely purposeful; we should reverence Him. We have a God who is savingly
personal; we should receive Him. All of that is right here in Genesis 1:1: “In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
Conclusion
Now since Genesis 1:1 is there, and it is foundational, I want to leave you with two basic
thoughts, two basic truths to live by.

A. We Have a Solemn Obligation to God
Truth number one: We have a solemn obligation to God because He created us. The
Bible says, in Isaiah 45, verse 9, “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker!” (Isaiah
45:9) Ecclesiastes 12, verse 1, says, “Remember now thy Creator.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
We have an obligation to God. We are His, and twice His. Isaiah 43, verse 1: “But now
thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear
not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name.” (Isaiah 43:1) We are His
because of creation and because of redemption. He made us, and He bought us, and
we have an obligation to Him. “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker!” (Isaiah 45:9)
That’s the first thought I want to leave you with tonight.
B. God Has an Obligation to Us
Here’s the second thought I want to leave you with tonight. Not only do we have an
obligation to God, but folks, God has an obligation to us. Now I’m not being smartmouthed
when I say that. The Bible calls Him, in 1 Peter 4 and verse 19, “a faithful
Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19) Now, what does that mean? It means that God did not make us
to abandon us. You know, one of the worst things that a man can do is to father a child
and abandon that child. Do you know that?
Folks, I want to tell you, when God brought us into this universe, God did not make
us to abandon us. When God made the first creation, and He stepped back, and when it
was finished, God said, “It’s good.” But then sin came into the world; it was not good
anymore. But then the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on this cross to pay for our sin.
And when He had finished, again He said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)—“it is done.”
And now there is a new creation for all who will believe. And so, when you give your
heart to God, when you trust Him as your Lord and Savior, when you receive Christ,
when the Holy Spirit comes into you, you are fulfilling your obligation to Him. You’re
saying, “You made me. You redeemed me. I surrender to you.”
Then when He comes into you to guard you, guide you, protect you, and take care of
you, He fulfills His obligation to you. And I want to tell you that the God who made you,
the God who created you, did not create you to abandon you. Now we’re going to take
Genesis 1:1 and the rest of these other chapters of Genesis, and we’re going to see
how these truths impinge upon all of these lies that are in the world today.
Let’s bow our heads in prayer. Our heads and eyes are closed. I think of that song
that says,
It took a miracle to put the stars in place;
It took a miracle to hang the world in space.
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
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It took a miracle of love and grace!
—JOHN W. PETERSON
Would you like that miracle tonight? Then pray and ask Christ to come into your
heart. Pray like this: “Lord, I believe that you created me, and I believe you sent the
Lord Jesus to die for me, to redeem me. And I have an obligation to give to you my
heart, my life, my all, and I do it right now.”

 

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Four Lies That Ruined the World By Adrian Rogers
Date Preached: January 25, 2004 Time: 0930
Main Scripture Text: Genesis 3:1–5
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which
the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath
God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
GENESIS 3:1
Outline
Introduction
I. Lie #1: God Is Not Loving
II. Lie #2: God Is Not Truthful
A. Relativism
B. Subjectivism
C. Rationalism
D. Pragmatism
E. Postmodernism
III. Lie #3: God Is Not Righteous
IV. Lie #4: God Is Not Gracious
Conclusion
A. Calvary’s Conquest
B. Courageous Confession
C. Complete Commitment
Introduction
Find God’s Word, Genesis chapter 3. We’re continuing our series on “Challenges to the
Cross,” things that we meet in today’s world that we need to have Bible answers for.
The title of the message today: “Four Lies That Ruined the World.”
Last night I was talking to Janice, my baby daughter. She said, “Daddy, what are you
going to preach tomorrow morning?” I said, “On four lies that ruined the world.” She
said, “Well, let me see. What are they? Would that be communism, humanism, New
Ageism?” I said, “No, no, none of these. Bigger lies than all of those and the lies beyond
those lies.”
These are Satan’s four biggest lies. Satan’s whole system is built on a lie. Jesus
said, in John chapter 8 and verse 44, to the unsaved Pharisees, “Ye are of your father
the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning,
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and abode not in the truth…[and] when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for
he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44) That is, every lie that’s ever been told has
been spawned by the daddy liar, the liar of all liars, the father of all liars, who is the devil
himself. Satan is a liar. Jesus said he was a “murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth.” (John 8:44)
Now, listen. His motive is murder. His method is the lie. Never forget that: his motive
and his method, there in John chapter 8 and verse 44. Satan wants to bring death to
life, to joy, to peace, to happiness, to fruitfulness. He wants to bring physical death. He
wants to bring spiritual death. He wants to bring eternal death. And he does it through
deception. He is a dirty liar. And we’re going to find four of Satan’s biggest lies. These
are foundational lies, and they are lies out of which all other lies come.
Remember that Satan is the master liar. And because he’s the master liar, his lies
are very good. Satan knows how to tell lies. His lies are very clever. Let’s look here in
Genesis chapter 3, verse 1: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the
field.” (Genesis 3:1) Just underscore that word subtil. Now Satan’s lies are not lies that
are obvious lies, on the surface. You have to look beneath the surface to see his lies,
because he’s very clever.
Let me tell you something. The best lies sound the most like the truth, and so there
is some truth in most lies. A clock that doesn’t even run is right twice a day, isn’t that
right? But now, wait a minute. If a clock is only right twice a day, you look at it and you
say, “That’s wrong.” It may be right twice a day, but it’s still wrong. What is more
dangerous: a clock five hours wrong or a clock five minutes wrong? A clock five minutes
wrong is far more dangerous than a clock five hours wrong. When you look at a clock
that’s five hours wrong, you say, “That’s wrong. Somebody tell me what time it is.” A
clock five minutes wrong, you miss your airplane. Now there’s a difference. Now Satan’s
lies are very close to the truth, and yet so very far from the truth.
Again, Satan had rather you think a wrong thing, believe a lie, than to do a wrong
thing. Why? Because the thought is the father of the deed. It is more dangerous to
believe a wrong thing than to do a wrong thing. You can do a wrong thing by mistake,
and the next time do the right thing. But if you believe a wrong thing, you’ll keep doing
the wrong thing over and over again, for the Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart,
so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) And so the devil is the original liar. The devil is the master liar.
And the best lies sound the most like the truth, and those that are nearest to the truth,
and still a lie, are the most dangerous.
Now Satan, being a very clever liar, Satan, being the master liar, Satan, wanting to
do his work through a lie, which is murder, will tell a lie about the biggest subject. Now
he’s not interested in telling lies about little things. He wants you to believe lies about
the biggest subject. What is the biggest subject? God. God is the biggest subject. Now if
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Satan can get your mind twisted about who God is, and what God does, and what God
is like; then he’s got you, because the thought is the father of the deed. A. W. Tozer, a
great leader in the Christian and Missionary Alliance church, said—and I want you to
listen to this quote: “No religion can rise higher than its concept of God.” That is so true.
“No religion can rise higher than its concept of God.”
Satan, in the very first book in the Bible, the very first pages of history, is going to tell
four big lies. And all of them are going to deal with the character of God. Satan does not
want you to understand who God is. Now it may surprise you to learn that Satan is an
evangelist. What Satan wants is not casualties; he wants converts over to his own
ideas. And so Satan comes as an evangelist to Eve to evangelize her for the devil’s
religion. Eve was his first convert. And rather than four spiritual laws, there are four
spiritual flaws—four lies that he wants Eve to believe. And Eve takes the bait. And these
lies are not just what Satan has done eons ago. These are the four lies that you’ll meet
today and tomorrow. They are very fresh. They are very up-to-date.
Now Satan, really, he may be double-faced, but he’s not double-minded. He wants
to do the same thing today that he has done always. So are you ready for these four big
lies?
I. Lie #1: God Is Not Loving
All right, lie number one: God is not loving. That’s the first lie. Now notice again in
chapter 3 and verse 1: “Now the serpent”—that’s the devil—“was more subtil than any
beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) Now, what’s
he trying to do? He’s trying to get Eve to think negatively about God—to get the idea
that God is withholding goodness from her—therefore, God Himself is not good, that
God is severe; God is cruel. Here’s the beautiful Garden of Eden, and God made it, and
then God said, “You can’t touch it; you can’t eat of it.” Of course, God had not said that
they could not eat of the fruit of every tree of the garden. That was a lie.
What had God said? Look in Genesis 2, verse 16. You’re in the Bible, just turn
backward one chapter: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree
of the garden thou mayest freely eat.” (Geneisis 2:16) Do you see it? “Of every
tree…thou mayest freely eat.” Now, what did Satan say? “Now the serpent was more
subtil than any beast of the field… And he said unto the woman… hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) God said, “Help yourself.”
Satan said, “God says you can’t have it.”
Now, what is Satan trying to do? He’s trying to get Eve to think negatively about
God—that God is cruel, God is harsh, God is unloving. “He wants to deny you, Eve, of
any ultimate joy. Anything that brings pleasure is a no-no. Anytime God sees anybody
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having a good time and joy,”—like Art just sang about—“God moves in to break up the
game.” The truth of the matter is that God had said a resounding yes—yes—to their joy
and to their pleasure. When God created Eden in all of its luxury, all of its beauty, all of
its bounty; God said to Adam and Eve, “There, children, that is for you. Help yourself.”
Now there are a lot of people today who have the idea that God is some sort of a
cruel God, a vengeful deity, sitting up there on His big throne, hurling down laws to
make us squirm, like a worm in hot ashes, trying to keep them; and that God is a
cosmic killjoy, that God is trying to keep things from us. That is not true. God loves us.
Let me give you some verses. I’ve given you these before, but jot them down. Psalm 37
and verse 4: “Delight thyself…in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine
heart.” (Psalms 37:4) Isn’t that great? What your heart yearns for, you’ll find in Him.
Psalm 84, verse 11: “The LORD thy God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace
and glory:”—now, listen to this—“no good thing will he withhold from them that walk
uprightly” (Psalms 84:11)—“no good thing.” If it will make you healthy, happy, holy, or
wholesome, God says, “Help yourself.” Every time He says, “Thou shalt not,” He’s
saying, “Don’t hurt yourself.” Every time He says, “Thou shalt,” He’s saying, “Help
yourself to happiness.” God loves you. Listen to this one—1 Timothy chapter 6, verse
17: “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in
uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us…”—now, listen to this phrase—
“who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Isn’t that great?
Now if the devil can get you thinking negatively about God, he’s already got you.
That’s the very first thing he did when he crawled his slimy, corroding path into history:
to get Eve to think negatively about God. Lie number one: God is not good. All right, I
want you to say it out loud: “God is good.” Don’t you ever let the devil tell you anything
else. God is good all the time.
II. Lie #2: God Is Not Truthful
All right, lie number two. First lie: God is not good. Lie number two: God is not truthful—
God is not truthful. Now, notice the serpent said in verse 1, “Hath God said?” (Genesis
3:1) Now that’s a doubt. The doubt leads to a denial. Now, notice in verses 2 through 4:
“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the
garden:”—she knew better—“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And
the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:2–4) Verse one:
doubt. Now in verse 4: denial. “You’ll not die. You don’t have to worry about God.”
Now you see what Satan did, first of all, was to get Eve to think negatively about
God. Then the next step is easy: to get Eve to think skeptically about God. Lie number
one: God is not good. Lie number two: God is not truthful.
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Now what Satan had done in verse 1 (Genesis 3:1) is to put a question mark after
the Word of God. I want to say clearly and plainly that anyone who causes skepticism
concerning the authority, the accuracy, the acceptability, the impeccability, the
infallibility, or the authenticity of the Word of God is doing the work of the devil. That’s
the work of the devil. I don’t care what seminary he’s in. I don’t care what degrees he
has. He may be Reverend Doctor DD, which stands for diggle dooter. Man, listen. If he
puts a doubt, a question mark, or a denial after the Word of God, he is of the devil—the
devil. The devil is out to destroy the truthfulness of God.
Now, in today’s society, we have substituted many things for God’s Word, and all of
them are based on the devil’s lies. Let me mention some of these.
A. Relativism
First of all, relativism. What is relativism? Relativism is the idea that there’s no fixed
truth.
A professor in the university stood up and said, “Students, I want to tell you, there is
nothing that you can say is absolutely true; there’s nothing that you can be absolutely
sure of.” A student lifted his hand and said, “Professor, are you sure of that?” He said,
“Absolutely.”
Relativism: Everything is relative. That roots back to a philosopher whose name was
Hegel. And he had sort of a dialectic. What Hegel said was, “Over here is a thesis, a
belief; and over here is an antithesis, or an anti-thesis, that says, ‘I argue with that.’ And
these two get in a big argument. And then they come together to a synthesis—thesis,
antithesis, synthesis.” And so maybe the thesis over here is capitalism, the antithesis is
communism, and then the synthesis is socialism. And then that synthesis in the minds
of many becomes the new thesis. Now this is true. And then over here you get another
antithesis. And then after a while, you get another synthesis.
Do you see what is happening? Everything is relative. There is nothing fixed. There’s
no anchor. There’s no standard. Man’s mind just keeps on working.
Plato, in his Republic, talked about some sailors who, having lost their chart and
compass, put a light on the bow of the ship and steered by that. That’s what we’re doing
in today’s society.
B. Subjectivism
Number one: relativism. Number two: subjectivism. What is subjectivism? “Well, I feel
this,” or “I feel that. Let me tell you about my experience.” There used to be a time when
preachers would stand in the pulpit and say, “The Bible says.” Then they started
saying, “The church says.” And now they just say, “Well, it seems to me,” or “I feel,” as
they kind of scratch their head. Subjectivism.
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C. Rationalism
Or another substitute for the Word of God is rationalism—rationalism. That is, we bring
logic. We bring our computers. We worship at the shrine of our intellect. And rather than
saying, “Thus saith the Word of God,” we say, “Thus saith the mind of man.” We try to
put God on our scales, put God in our test tubes, put God in our cyclotrons, put God in
our computers, but God will not fit there.
“Well,” you say, “Pastor, I think we ought to be reasonable.” Sure, you ought to be.
But, friend, where reason cannot wade, faith must swim. What we believe is not
contrary to reason. Listen. It is not contrary to reason; it is beyond reason—beyond
reason. God is not an unreasonable God. But can a man, by reason, find out God?
Absolutely not! And so we try relativism and subjectivism and rationalism.
D. Pragmatism
And if that doesn’t work, what most Americans like is pragmatism. What is pragmatism?
Pragmatism doesn’t even bother to ask, “Is it true?” We just ask, “Does it work?” We’re
very pragmatic about it.
E. Postmodernism
But the most dangerous of all—and this is the thing that is happening in the society we
live in—is something called postmodernism—postmodernism. Now modernism would
argue with conservatism about what is right or what is wrong. The postmodernist
doesn’t even bother to argue. The postmodernist doesn’t even believe there is anything
called truth. Or he might believe that truth is everywhere, but no one truth is over
against another truth. So somebody might say, “Look. You’re into Buddha; I’m into
Jesus. What is true for you is fine. That’s your truth. What is true for me is fine. That’s
my truth.” And this is called postmodernism. And it’s a big word for a lot of silliness and
foolishness. But the devil doesn’t want you to believe that God is the God of truth.
Now if you have children, and you’re raising those children, your children have been
infected by these other forms, substitutes for the truth of God, and the big daddy liar is
behind it all. And you’re going to have difficulty raising your children unless you get
them to believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, infallible Word of God. And when
you talk to them and say, “You should not commit fornication; you should not commit
adultery,” you don’t say, “It’s because it’s bad for you, or because society says so.” You
say, “Because God says so.” You don’t tell a lie. Why? Because God says so. It’s wrong
to steal, because God says so. You worship only one God, because the Bible teaches
that. The devil does not want a society to have a fixed standard of truth.
God is good. Say amen. God is truth. Say amen. Now if you don’t believe that, the
devil’s got you going his way.
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III. Lie #3: God Is Not Righteous
He wants you to think negatively about God. Then he wants you to think skeptically
about God. Lie number three: God is not righteous—God is not righteous. Look, if you
will now, in Genesis 3, verse 4: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not
surely die.” (Genesis 3:4) That is, “God is not really going to punish sin. There is no God
of judgment. You don’t have to worry about facing a judgment.”
Now I want to tell you, friend, God is good but God is also righteous. God is loving—
yes, God is loving—but God is righteous. And now if you preach the love of God to the
exclusion of the holiness and the righteousness of God, you’ve only preached half of the
truth. And when you take half of the truth and try to make half of the truth all of the
truth, that half of the truth becomes an untruth. Now Satan is moving them along.
“Now since you don’t believe that there is the God of the Bible who’s good and loving;
and since you don’t believe that the God of the Bible is truthful, or the Bible, the Word, is
true; then you don’t have to worry anymore about judgment.” Now when God gave the
Ten Commandments, God was not giving advice; He was giving law. And law without
penalty is only advice.
Now there are a lot of people today who take these things of pragmatism,
rationalism, subjectivism, and they do away with the idea of eternal punishment. I would
be unfair to you as a preacher if I did not tell you there is an eternal hell. If you die
without Jesus Christ, you’re going to die and go to hell. You say, “Oh, Pastor, not on
Sunday morning. You wouldn’t say…?” Yes. Yes, there is a fiery burning hell for those
who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. You say, “Well, that’s unAmerican.”
It may be. I have an idea that if the Supreme Court of the United States of
America could vote on it, they would outlaw hell as cruel and unusual punishment—
that God has no right, God has no authority, to do that. But God is a righteous God, and
God will not let one- half of one sin go unpunished.
New Ageism comes out of the idea that you will not surely die. Do you know what
the New Age is? It’s just a blend of Eastern religions that has come into America today.
Satan knows that man fears death. That’s the reason some believe in reincarnation.
You’d be surprised how many people in evangelical churches say they believe in
reincarnation, that you just keep going around and around and you get as many
chances as you need. The New Age has no personal God who’s going to judge.
Who is the high priestess of New Ageism in our day? It’s Shirley MacLaine. And she
said in her writing, “We can eliminate all fear of death,” because she believes in
reincarnation. You just keep coming back again and again. She said one time she was
a princess in Atlantis. Another time she was an Inca in Peru. Another time she was a
child raised by elephants. She believes this stuff; at least, she says she does.
You see, these people believe that men and animals, we’re all interrelated, and
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we’re all transmigrating. And if your karma is good, you keep moving up higher, and if
your karma is bad, you move down. So in your next life you might be a worm. That’s
right. Or you might be a cow or a spider. That’s the reason many of them are
vegetarians. They won’t go to McDonald’s, afraid they might be eating their
grandmother. They believe this stuff because, as Shirley MacLaine says, “It’s like show
business. You keep doing it until you get it right.” And finally, one day, if your karma is
good enough, you reach nirvana. But they reject the idea of a righteous God, a God of
judgment. Their little imaginary god says that God is too good to punish sin.
Friend, God is too good not to punish sin. God is righteous. Say, “Righteous.” God is
righteous. The devil would have you to have the idea that you can sin with impunity.
Friend, God is good. God is truthful. God is righteous. But these truths are being taken
away from our society. These are big lies on which the other lies are built.
IV. Lie #4: God Is Not Gracious
Lie number four: God is not gracious—God is not gracious. Look, if you will now, in
verses 4 and 5: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God
doth know that in the day that ye eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened, and ye
shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4–5) Now what he was saying, in
effect, is, “Since God is not good, since God is not truthful, and since God is not
righteous; you need not to fear Him. You need to be your own god,” or “You need to
experiment a little bit. You need to work your way up until you are like God. Now, Eve,
you can never be capable of being all that you ought to be until you become
autonomous. You don’t need to depend upon God. This idea of God is cramping your
style. Eve, you need to be liberated.” Satan’s fib. Adam’s rib. Women’s lib. God came to
set every woman free and every man free, every boy and girl free, because He is a God
of grace.
But notice I said the best lie sounds so much like the truth. Think of it. He said, “God
doth know that in the day ye eat…then your eyes will be opened, and ye shall be as
[God].” (Genesis 3:5) That’s what Satan wanted to do, to begin with. He wanted to be
“as God.” But, you see, the Bible teaches we’re to be like God, not as God. Small little
difference. Satan says, “You be your own god, your own little autonomous god. You
have your own way.” Well, what does God’s grace want us to be? God’s grace wants us
to be like Him. God created us in His image so He could have fellowship with us, as
talked about in Revelation chapter 22 and verse 4: “And they shall see his face; and his
name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4) What does that mean “His name in
our foreheads”? That means godlikeness. What has God prepared for us? First
Corinthians chapter 2, verse 9: “As it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
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that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
But what Satan was saying, “Oh, you don’t have to believe in God as a God of
graciousness, that God has a great eternal destiny for you. Why, God has a monopoly
on this thing of being God, and God doesn’t want you to get in on it. God is heading you
off at the pass. You can never ever be fulfilled until you do your own thing. Eve, what
you need to do is experiment. Try it; you might like it. How do you know it’s wrong?
Because He said so? Because He said so? How do you know? After all, experience is
the best teacher.” Friend, when it comes to sin, experience is not the best teacher. It’s
the worst teacher. Sin deceives. Those who know the least about sin are those who are
the deepest into it.
The Bible speaks of the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13) But what Satan is
saying to Eve is, “Eve, you create your own little god. You will be like God.” And again,
that’s New Ageism. All the New Agers believe that they are God. They believe,
however, that everything is God. And you know, in India, they would say love is God.
Now God is love, but love is not God. Listen very carefully. God is over all things, and
God is in all things, but God is not all things, and all things are not God. People today
have the idea that they are all a part of God in some way. This New Ageism has
pervaded and perverted our ways.
Let me illustrate how it goes. Today, in our schools in the springtime, we dare not
mention Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But I’ll tell you what we can
mention is Earth Day. We can’t mention Father God, but we can mention Mother Earth.
Why? Because they believe everything is God.
The birds are God. The trees are God. The sky is God. The air is God. I’m God.
You’re God. They’re God. We’re God. Dirt is God. We are dirt. Wait a minute. If God is
dirt and I’m God, it makes me dirt. And the animals are God. This New Ageism, it
doesn’t elevate men. Humanism really animalizes man. But, you see, Satan is behind
all of this.
Now you say, “Pastor, why are you saying all this?” Friend, it’s in the air like a
fungus. “Every ism,” as Dr. Lee used to say, “ought to be a wasm.” They all go back to
these four big lies. They deny (a) the goodness of God, (b) the truthfulness of God, (c)
the righteousness of God, and (d) the graciousness of God. God is gracious. Say,
“Gracious.” God loves you. God wants you to be like Him. God wants you to enjoy
eternal fellowship with Him.
Conclusion
Now, let’s come to a conclusion. How are we going to deal with these lies? How are we
going to overcome them? You say, “Pastor, glad to see you take off your watch and lay
it out there.” A man went to a Baptist church for the first time, and the choir director
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stood up. He said, “What does that mean?” His friend said, “The choir’s going to sing.”
The ushers came forward. He said, “What does that mean?” “They’re going to take an
offering.” The pastor took off his watch, and he said, “What does that mean?” “It doesn’t
mean a thing in the world.”
How are we going to come to a conclusion of this thing? Just leave Genesis and go
to Revelation. May I tell you there are two books the devil hates: One is Genesis and
the other is Revelation, because in Genesis the devil’s doom is pronounced. In
Revelation, it’s carried out. Look, if you will, in Revelation 12, verses 9 to 11: “And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent…”—now we’ve already seen him—“that old
serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:”—those are his
four big lies—“he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
And that’s the reason we have such mayhem here on earth. “And I heard a loud voice
saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ:”—listen to me, friend. Here’s how we’re going to overcome
these lies—“for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before
our God day and night. And they overcame him”—here’s verse 11—“by the blood of the
Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
(Revelation 12:9–11)
A. Calvary’s Conquest
Now, how are you going to overcome these lies? How? First of all, by Calvary’s
conquest—by Calvary’s conquest: “by the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 12:11) On
the cross, Satan’s back was broken. His lies are exposed. He’s shown to be what he is:
a fake, a fraud, an imposter. And you’re never going to overcome Satan and his lies
until you come to Jesus. Have you been to Calvary? Has the blood of the Lamb, the
shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, become a covering for your sins? I know again, it’s
politically incorrect to talk about the blood today. We’re supposed to talk about feel-good
religion. The Bible says, “Without shedding of blood is no remission [of sin].” (Hebrews
9:22)
Billy Graham, when he first started preaching, had a professor from Cornell
University come to him and say, “Young man, you’re gifted. You’re a great speaker. You
are very persuasive. But if you want to go places, you’re going to have to leave out that
blood stuff.” Billy said, “I determined to preach on the blood of Jesus more than ever.”
B. Courageous Confession
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 12:11) Have you been
saved? Number two: “by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) What is the
word of our testimony? Not just standing up and saying, “I want to tell you what Jesus
has done for me.” This is the word of our testimony: the Word of God. Bring the Word of
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God against these lies. Make certain that you’re saved. Know the Bible, the Word of
God, that pulls the veil of darkness away and exposes Satan’s lies, like we’re doing this
morning.
C. Complete Commitment
“And they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:11) What does that
mean? Not only Calvary’s conquest, not only courageous confession, but complete
commitment. “They loved not their lives unto the death.” They said, “I’m going for God.
Every ounce, every inch, every nerve, every fiber, even if I die serving Jesus, I love not
my life unto the death.” Until a man is no longer afraid to die, he’s not yet ready to live.
Friend, do you know Jesus? Are you saved? Listen to me. Look up. Look right here.
See if you’ve got any of these ideas in your head. Have you been thinking that God is
not good, running from God? You ought to be running to Him. God is good. Have you
been thinking that God is not truthful, that the Bible, perhaps, has errors, and somehow
you can do it some other way? It’s a lie from hell. God is truthful. Have you been
thinking that somehow you can just skate on through and that you will never come to
judgment? Look up here and let me tell you: God is righteous. Have you been thinking
that, perhaps, God doesn’t have a wonderful plan for you? He does. God is gracious.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8) I want you to know Him, and
you can know Him.

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Adrian Rogers: How to Answer a Skeptic

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Adrian Rogers: How to Answer a Skeptic [#1534] (Audio)

How To Answer A Skeptic
Sermon Summary by Bro. Adrian Rogers
We live in a day of accelerating skepticism, humanism and scientism. We as Christians
are going to be ridiculed and made to look ignorant and uneducated because we believe
in God. Do we have sound reason for believing what we believe? Are we not worthy of
real, honest thought? How do you respond to this skepticism in this day and age in
which we live?
The Bible tells us how to respond to skeptics in 1 Peter 3:10-17, especially verse 15
which states, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an
answer to every man who ask you to give a reason of the hope that is in you, with
meekness and fear.” (As a believer, you must understand what you believe and why we
are Christians, and then be able to explain your beliefs humbly, thoughtfully,
reasonably, and biblically.)
Often we are told to keep the faith, but not only should we keep it but we need to give
it away. If you have no desire to give it away, you ought to give it up, because what you
have is not the real thing. Any man that has been born of the spirit of God, has an innate
desire to share his faith with others.
There are two things that must be true of you before you are ready to share your faith
with anybody. First, you must be Real. You are to have a full-hearted, burning,
compassionate, overflowing love for God. You are to be a zealot for the Lord Jesus.
Yours is to be a full faith, a fearless faith. Don’t let anybody intimidate you because you
are a Christian. They can hurt you but they cannot harm you, therefore don’t be afraid.
Second you must be Ready. When you live a Christian lifestyle, people will start asking
questions about you when they see something in you that cannot be explained. They
are going to want to know why you believe what you believe and why you act the way
you act. Do you know how to respond to a skeptic? There are four basic ideas to
remember as you respond to this skeptical age:
1) Forego the Folly of Fools – Some skeptics are fools, not all but some. In the Bible,
fool means someone who is morally depraved, not mentally deficient. Don’t
argue with someone who shows himself to be a fool. Give him the mind of God;
tell him what God says then go your way. In Proverbs 26:4 it says, “answer not a
fool according to his folly, less you be like unto him.” Don’t answer him; don’t get
in a debate with a fool. You won’t be able to do much with these type of people.
Also see what Jesus says about this in Mark 6:11.
2) Learn the Limits of Logic – Logic is a valuable tool but it can only carry you so far.
When you get to a chasm that logic can’t leap, then faith will have to fly. The logic
for God is found in creation and design and universal moral beliefs. It is logical to
reason that if we have a creation, we must have a Creator since nothing comes
out of nothing. Also logic tells us that if there is design in nature, there must be a
Designer; and the more complex the design, the greater the designer. The
creation found throughout the earth and universe is immensely complex and
organized. The logic of there being universally held beliefs in a moral law shared
throughout mankind also says there is a god. If anyone ever comes up to you and
says, “Prove there is a god.” Be Bold and say, “I can’t, but can you prove there is
no god?” He’ll say he can’t either. Then if he says “You just think there is a god
because it is just what you believe.” You can say, “I believe there is a god and you
believe there is no god. I have faith that there is, and you have faith that there
isn’t.” What we as Christians believe is reasonable, but it goes beyond reason.
3) Remember the Resource of Revelation –If we are to know a god, he is going to
have to reveal himself to us. The finite can never understand the infinite, unless
the infinite explains himself and reveals himself to the finite. 2 Peter 1:19-21
shows us three things about the word of God: 1) The Inspiration of the word of
God. The Bible is like no other book – it was inspired by the Holy Spirit. 2) The
Illumination of the word of God. It shines into our hearts – it enlightens us. It
reveals to us what we could not know without it. 3) The Confirmation of the
word of God. We believe not only because of what any other person has said, but
also because of what the Bible has said. The Bible is power whether you believe it
or not. It does not matter what we believe; what matters is what is true. Use the
Bible because you know it is true.
4) Fortify the Force of Faith – A Christian with a glowing testimony is worth a library
of arguments. Share what Jesus means to you and what God has done for you
and how He has changed your life. Let Jesus be real to you. Sanctify God in your
heart. Strengthen your faith by staying in contact with God through prayer,
reading and listening to His word, and sharing your faith with other believers as
well as non-believers. Your faith will be as much caught as it will be taught.
Remember 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready
always to give an answer to everyone who ask you to give a reason of the hope
that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

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Adrian Rogers: Why Do I Exist?

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Why Do I Exist?

“Why do I exist?”…”What is the purpose of my life?”…”Why am I here?”…Do you ever ask yourself these questions? It is so important that we know the purpose for our lives.

If we don’t accomplish what we were designed to do, we are failures because failing often is just succeeding at the wrong thing. We are successful only when we do that for which God created us. If we know our purpose in life, we can move forward with confidence.

Our search for answers begins in Psalm 139, which tells us about God. And only when we learn more about God, will we learn more about ourselves.


God Knows All About You

God knows:

Your character

    •  — Not only does God see you; He sees through you. In verse one of Psalm 139, we read, ““O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.”

Your conduct

    •  — Verses 2-3 tell us that there is not a move you make that God doesn’t see: “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising…. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”

Your contemplations

    •  — Whatever you are thinking, God knows about it. The psalmist says in verse 2, “Thou understandest my thought afar off.”

Your conversation

     — Read verse 4: “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest it altogether.” Matt. 12:36 also says that we will account to God for every word spoken throughout our lives.


God Is Always with You

You may be far from God, but He is always with you. We read in verse 5: “Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me.” This is restated in Jeremiah 23:24: “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”

Death cannot hide you from God. God reigns in Earth, heaven, and hell. He is over it all. And when you die, God is still there. Psalm 139:7-8 states, “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.”

Distance doesn’t hide you from God. Has it ever occurred to you that God never goes anywhere? He is already there! Wherever you run, God will meet you when you get there. Verses 9-10 say, “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”

Darkness doesn’t hide you from God. You can’t hide from God in the dark. Light is not there to enable God to see. Verse 11-12 states, “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”


God Has a Wonderful Purpose for You

You are not an accident. You didn’t come out of pond scum. God made you for a purpose. He formed you in your mother’s womb, and He has a wonderful plan for you. Read Psalm 139:13-15:

“For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”


God Has You Constantly in His Heart

God knows you; He loves you; and He wants to bless you. The psalmist says in verses 17-18a, “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.” It’s hard to imagine, but His thoughts toward you are greater in number than all of the grains of sand that cover the Earth.

So how do we respond to a loving God? Our response to Him is our purpose. God made us to know Him and to love Him. He wants to love us and to be loved by us. Our response-our purpose-lives should move us toward that purpose. If it doesn’t, then we have failed.

 

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How can I know the Bible is the Word of God? by Adrian Rogers ________________________   _______________________________________ How can I know the Bible is the Word of God? How Can I Know the Bible is the Word of God? By Dr. Adrian Rogers Overview The historical, scientific, and prophetic accuracy of Scripture, along with its life-changing […]

What evidence is there that the Bible is in fact God’s Word? Adrian Rogers

Adrian Rogers: How You Can Be Certain the Bible Is the Word of God [#1725] (Audio) What evidence is there that the Bible is in fact God’s Word? Adrian Rogers ___________ I want to give you five reasons to affirm the Bible is the Word of God. First, I believe the Bible is the Word […]

Jesus Christ in the Old Testament by Adrian Rogers

Adrian Rogers: An Old Testament Portrait of Christ Published on Jan 27, 2014 I own nothing, all the rights belong to Adrian Rogers (R.I.P.) & his website http://www.lwf.org. Story of Abraham is told. ______________________________________ Adrian Rogers: Why I Believe in Jesus Christ Adrian Rogers: The Biography of the King Published on Dec 19, 2012 Series: […]

Adrian Rogers, ‘rising star of Memphis,’ elected 35 years ago by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (5 months ago)

Adrian Rogers: 3 Truths to pass on to the next generation Published on Feb 7, 2013 Just a few weeks before Glory ___________________   Adrian Rogers pictured below: ________________________________ Adrian Rogers, ‘rising star of Memphis,’ elected 35 years ago by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (5 months ago) NASHVILLE (BP) — Thousands of […]