Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why bother?

 Argue about Evolution?




Exactly...why bother?   


Man did not evolve from apes because the only source of natural "new" genetic codes that may result in a "new trait" that would give an organism an advantage in surviving in a changing environment of "selection agents" is via DNA mutation and 99% of them are "lethal" and less than 1% of any possible "positive" mutations occur in "germ tissue"..the ONLY ones that are passed on for Natural Slection to act on.  Simply stated....there was no where near enough "time" for evolution from Simians to Homo sapiens.  There has to be another explanation for the 90% common genome. 

The "clue" is found in the Bible.   God Created man in His Image from the "dust" of the Earth.  It is rather strange that the  Word for God in the Hebrew in Genesis is the plural Word 'Elohim"......Why "plural?"  Is Judaism a polytheistic religion?  ABSOLUTELY NOT...there is ONE God....YHWH..."IAM."  The Scripture translated in the Creation of Adam....the first Homo sapiens.... is   "Let Us Create Man in OUR Image."  Again...MORE than One God?"   God forbid!   Christianity attempts to resolves this "plural" problem with the Doctrine of the "Trinity"....."Three" Persons in ONE....Father , Son and Holy Spirit.  This is NOT a Hebrew concept so it certainly does not "solve" the problem for Jews!  Plural means MORE than one of separate entities.   The Bible reveals that God is Spirit and it was clariifed in  the Incarnation in the "flesh"  of Yeshua ben Joseph 2000 years ago...."Jesus the Christ" of God.   The "Three" are MORE than just ONE in Spirit.... they are "consubstantial".....in other words....they are three  MANIFESTATIONS of the same thing...God.  God. God the Father IS God...God the Son , Jesus,  IS God and God the Holy Spirit IS God.  How does this resolve the "plural" problem?  We have to understand God the Spirit and the following Scriptures reveal this "Spirit Nature" of God.....(  Psalm 82:3-6, John 14:8-23, Galatians 3:26-28, Colossians 1:27, 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians:3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 John 4:11-16)

Because most of Christianity does not fully comprehend the Spirit of God...they are "forced" to explain the Creation of Adam as a "violation of God's PERFECT laws...in other words.."magic" or the "supernatural." Violation of that which is PERFECT is a non-sequitur.   When we understand the Spirit of God we realize God Created Adam THROUGH His PERFECT Laws.   SInce the "supernatural" explanation of Adam's Creation is an illusion (in my humble opinion)  and Science is just plain WRONG that man evolved from apes.....it is obvious to me that God's Biological Laws were involved in the
"Intelligent Design" of Adam...namely...Recombinant DNA......"dust" of the Earth. (C,H.O,N,and P the elements of DNA sure seem to qualify as "dust!)"

I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and final authority on man's destiny and that the real "message" of Scripture is revealed through God's "gift" of Science.  All Scripture is "inspired" by God and the Scientific interpretation of those Scripture proves it.  The literal, fundamental interpretation was the beginning of wisdom for early mankind but through Science....the ABSOLUTE Truth is revealed for those who will serve Jesus as King of Kings when Jesus returns. (very soon I suspect!)
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In Christ...David Brown (retired Biology teacher)

NOTE: I believe the Scripture revealing the Creation of Eve is  supported by the Science as well......God knew that Adam needed a "helpmate" so He placed Adam into a "deep sleep"..... removed a "rib" and covered it in "flesh and bone" Creating Eve. When God presented her to Adam he exclaimed..."At last.... this is flesh of my flesh and bone of my bone..I will call her 'women' because she COMES FROM MAN."

The Science...... The "rib" marrow is an easily accessable rich source of adult stem cells which can be easily "reset" to an earlier embryonic state. (Induced Pluripotency)  Two IPS cells are required. The "Y" chromosome of one is removed and discarded...the cell is saved.  The "X" chromosome of the second is removed and inserted into the nucleus of the first. The second cell is discarded. The "modified clone cell" is induced to begin cleavage and form a blastocyst which is placed into a surrogate uterus. (in vitro) After nine months of gestation...."little Eve is born."   Ii appears that the "deep sleep" was not a "surgical anesthesia" but possibly a form of "temporary suspension" because Eve was a mature young women when presented to Adam.   "Eve definately came from man!"  God is PERFECT therefore His Laws are PERFECT.










Argue about Evolution?
October 29, 2015
By Dr. Fazale Rana

Is debating about the validity of the evolutionary paradigm a waste of time? My Facebook friend Deb, an atheist, thinks so. After I posted a brief critique about human evolution, she left this comment out of frustration:

    Instead of hitting each other over the head about evolution, maybe we could work together to solve some of this planet’s pressing problems (climate change, poverty, war, environmental degradation, wealth inequality, lack of health care and educational resources, prejudice, discrimination and so forth).

Does Deb have a point? Does the creation-evolution controversy detract us from more weighty concerns?

I would say no. In fact, I assert that our concern about humanity’s social ills and our planet’s environmental catastrophes—and our motivation to act—are deeply connected to what we think about human origins.

Let me explain.

Scripture teaches that God created human beings to bear His image (Genesis 1:26–27; 9:6). Accordingly, all human beings have intrinsic worth and dignity. All human beings are equal. The way we treat image bearers equates to the way we treat God. Serving others likens to serving God. These ideas—so clearly taught in Scripture—inspire Christians to good works. They rouse Christians to action against the injustices in our world.

On the other hand, while individual atheists are as capable of good deeds as Christians, atheism itself provides no genuine motivation for such acts. If human beings are the product of unguided evolutionary processes, then we are one among countless species that have existed on Earth. From an evolutionary standpoint, human beings are a historically contingent accident of an indiscriminate, natural process. Human life has no intrinsic value; there is no ultimate meaning or purpose to human life.

From an atheistic perspective, why should we care what happens to other human beings? In an atheistic framework, it really makes no difference if human beings suffer from poverty, lack of health care, or injustice. In fact, one could argue that an atheist showing compassion to the sick and weak is “immoral” because it disrupts the evolutionary process, in which survival of the fittest serves as the engine for evolutionary advance.

I’m not saying that atheists can’t be good or aren’t good. Many nonbelievers do good works, and I deeply admire and applaud the caring things that they do. It is wonderful to see people of different worldviews lock arms and work together to confront injustice.

But what features of an atheistic worldview justify good works? Deb explains that atheists “feel it’s the compassionate thing to do....We’re not doing this because we expect any reward in the afterlife, as we do not believe in anything beyond death. We do it because we love life in the here and now so much.” However, an atheistic worldview doesn’t require compassion or kindness or acknowledgement of human dignity. It is just as valid for an atheist to reject good works as it is to embrace them. In an atheistic framework, it is not clear what justice actually looks like; it is not clear what distinguishes a “right” action from a “wrong” one. There is no objective standard for good and evil in atheism. Without that standard, what is wrong for one society (or even one person) could be right for another.

In contrast, the biblical God, through scriptural teachings, clearly defines how and why we should live and how we should treat each other.

In my view, the reason that atheists can extend compassion toward others and place high value on human life arises from the fact that all human beings bear God’s image. We inherently know that all people have dignity and worth. We have a “law written on our hearts” that guides our behavior if we let it. The moral code many atheists adopt is designed into their DNA, as it is in all humans. Atheists are, unwittingly, borrowing from a Judeo-Christian worldview, when they express a commitment to combat poverty, end war, provide health care, and end discrimination. That is why believers and nonbelievers can work together to improve our world.

When atheists do good works, they are defying the logical outworking of their worldview. As a case in point, in The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins states emphatically:

    Be warned that if you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.1


Again, if atheism is true, we should ask why we would want to “upset the designs” of our selfish genes, because to do so, would be to upset the evolutionary process. Why should we stand in opposition to biological nature? Like all atheists, Dawkins’ morality is at war with his worldview.

In the end, it is only the Christian worldview that provides the necessary framework to truly justify addressing the evils of this world.

And that is why it is important to “hit each other over the head about evolution.” What we think about human origins really matters. And the good news is that a scientific case can be made for credibility of the biblical account of human origins.

Subjects: Ethics
Dr. Fazale Rana

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence—evidence that is being uncovered day after day—for God’s existence and the reliability of Scripture. Read more about Dr. Fazale Rana

Notes:

    Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 3.

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