Comment on Creationist students find little support from LSU by Denver Fletcher.
You wrote that “I do not see why … etc”.
Can you appreciate why people who can see why would not be able to agree with you that God’s means of creating the world ought to be held captive to your personal inability to see?
Can you appreciate how inappropriate that is to a people who serve an almighty creator who is the express embodiment of love and of life?
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“The law of gravitation that emerged from the work of Newton and his predecessors works well enough to describe the motions of bodies in our own back yard of the Solar System at the present time. Its success was so great that early astronomers were confident that they had discovered principles that could be extended indefinitely and universally. But when attempts were made to explain some of the phenomena revealed by more recent observations, such as the way galaxies as a whole rotate, or motions and events occurring at the largest scales of existence, the amount of matter in the universe â€“ and hence the gravitational effects that it was capable of producing â€“ turned out to be woefully inadequate. But the commitment to a gravity-only model had become so ingrained that the response, instead of a willingness to re-examine the theory, has been to postulate the presence of invisible “dark matter” to make up the difference â€“ later extended to the notion of “dark energy” to account for enormous forces evidently at work that the observed amount of matter can’t account for. Things have now reached the bizarre point where, according to the prevailing belief system, no less than 96 percent of the universe has to be there in forms unseen in order to explain the behavior of the 4 percent that is seen.
Inventing unobservables to explain away failed predictions is almost always the sign of a theory that’s in trouble.”
From James P Hogan: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/hogan5.1.1.html
“Inventing Unobservables”, indeed … should we start a list?
1. Missing Links
2. Dark Matter
3. Dark Energy
4. Oort Cloud
5. Vestigial Organs
6. Junk DNA
It’s endless fun, but one wonders what it has to do with trying to figure out what’s going on around us?
I wonder if Professor Grismer who called Louie Bishop either ignorant or stupid is awarethat he not only graduated from the University of California Davis with a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Business but was awarded â€œStudent/Athlete of the Yearâ€ his Senior year. He was a standout both academically and athletically his entire four years at Davis.He is neither stupid or ignorant.How sad to treat young people in this manner.
Even more impressive is the young man’s courage and his determination to follow God – the Truth – wherever He leads, and at whatever cost. We can all learn from his example, and that of the other students who have brought this issue out into the open, and I ask you, if you do know him or are related to him, that you let him know that he is not alone, and that there are a lot of Adventists who agree with him and support him in the stand he has taken for truth.
Recent Comments by Denver Fletcher
Mortenson says these leaders and scholars are teaching â€œthat science is the final authority in determining the correct interpretation of some or all of Genesis 1â€“11, or at least that science is the final authority in determining that the young-earth view must be wrong.â€
Science is an abstract ideal. It has, therefore, nothing to “say” for itself.
Scientists, on the other hand, are people. Humans. Flawed. Subject to all that flesh is heir to, as the Bard put it. That inlcudes the influence of money, power, and popular acclaim, and it’s opposite, public opprobrium.
Anyone who claims (A) to be a Christian (and in particular, an Adventist Christian) and (B) that a man or group of men is their authority to whom they resort for adjudicating Truth, has strayed far from the path of wisdom.
These two things simply cannot be simultaneously held without contradiction. But truth does not ever contradict itself, and therefore those who take this position are in grievous error.
We must pray for people so lost and confused.
Dr. Geraty clarifies his “Challenge” to literal 6-day creationism
The Ten Commandments are built on the principle of Love. each is an application of that principle to a specific circumstance.
We do not bear false witness against (call a liar) those we love.
There cannot ever be any reconciliation between loving God and calling Him a liar.
If this really is Mr Geraty’s position then he is a long way from the path of wisdom.
Matthew 5:19 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Mr Geraty has a stark choice to make, however he may like to deny that the choice exists at all.
Video show LSU undermining church doctrine
I’m disturbed by the sophistry on display in this first video.
The formulation given (that knowledge = justified, (and) true, belief) seems both self-serving and over-reaching. Further, it violates the consistency principle, since the speaker goes on to say that certainty is not knowledge and that certainty is not even possible (yet he seems certain that his principle of non-contradiction is true). He goes on to say that knowledge changes over time, that what we thought was true yesterday we “know” today to be false. But if it is false, how then could it have been true? If it is false, it was never true. It could have been “justified” previously, but can never have been true, and therefore cannot have been knowledge according to his formula.
I’m also disturbed by the quoting of E G White to the effect that the truth changes over time (which is not what she said) without giving any reference to her use of the term “the eternal verities” and similar terms, and what these portend.
For example, in Acts of the Apostles, page 64, we read:
When the disciples first heard the words of Christ, they felt their need of Him. They sought, they found, they followed Him. They were with Him in the temple, at the table, on the mountainside, in the field. They were as pupils with a teacher, daily receiving from Him lessons of ETERNAL TRUTH.
Hmmm, eternal truth that changes? I doubt that is what she was trying to convey. Leaving out such essential data is, in the scientific context, a lie.
These students are being set up by their teachers who, far from having in mind a free-ranging enquiry into the truth, have in mind a specific conclusion. A conclusion which is not truth or knowledge, but merely in conformance with their own opinion.
This is not even education, let alone an Adventist education.
It is only indoctrination.
Silence of the Geoscience Research Institute
I’d like, with the website owners permission, to recommend the following, all books written by Jonathan Sarfati:
– Refuting Evolution
– Refuting Evolution II
– Refuting Compromise
Especially the latter, which speaks directly to the foolhardy attempt to reconcile biblical Christianity with evolution, and decisively refutes it in quite comprehensive and devastating manner.
I have no interest in the sale of these works other than the defense of our faith, which stands on very solid ground.
When the apostle spoke of spiritual wickedness in high places, he wasn’t only talking about places we consider “worldly”. The bible is replete with examples of spiritual wickedness within the family of God. What you have been exposed to is one more in a line of many. You are right to oppose it, and we all in the church ought to be vigilant in rooting it out of our insitutions wherever we find it, however much we recognise that we can never entirely succeed, in this life.
Unfortunately, there exists a class of people for whom the good opinions of other people are more important to their sense of self-worth than the good opinion of God. So, wanting to seem like “good people” to other Christians they live amongst, but equally wanting intellectual respectibility in the eyes of the world and its scientists, they have attempted to combine biblical Christianity with worldy theories.
To people who understand that God is the author of life, while the world follows the author of death, it is plain that this attempt can never succeed: the two things are inherently opposite and irreconcilable. Ironically, the attempt is fatal to both faith and respectability, because the world will not give them what they want – respect – while they remain Adventist Christians, and eventually they will sacrifice what little remains of their Christianity on this altar, in order to get what is not worth having.
I commend you for taking a very public, and at the same time modestly restrained, stand on this point. I know that God will honour and bless you for it.