Tuesday, July 31, 2007

My story

First and foremost, I love God more than I will ever love any theological principle. However, it is these very principles that allow me to read the bible and aid understanding what the bible says.

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can give understanding. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. I remember a while back, when I was still liberal, I learned about Daniel's prayer: He prayed for understanding. Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words..."



This made Daniel a hero to me. I did not really know why until later. But in order to understand one must delve into my history:

[Memory Lane]

I started off Baptist. It was the closest church and dad said that I needed to learn morals from somewhere. It is surprising that even though my dad is [even still, sadly] a kind of stoic agnostic, that he had no basis for teaching me morals. Lets be honest - no God, no morals. Perhaps this was not his way of thinking, but you never know.

So since the age of four I went to good old Mondeor Baptist church. I grew up in the church and people came and went. At the age of nine I was Baptized in accordance with believers baptism. I never bothered to read my bible regularly nor was I encouraged by either parent.

The Baptist church was either very liberal of the Sunday school teachers were, because I grew up never really knowing important doctrines like depravity. I cannot blame my teachers for I think their theology was crippled as well. So then I went to high school, but remaining at the Baptist.

I went to the youth group, which was even more liberal than the Sunday school. I went to the youth service on Sunday morning, with the same effects. I left high school and embarked on my university journey.

In my first year, I decided to change churches. I was not happy with the fellowship and went to Mondeor Methodist church. I got involved in the youth band and did some mild teaching. I also got involved as a Sunday school teacher there, where I am still serving.

I eventually went back to Mondeor Baptist and found that a lot had changed. The fellowship was very different. I got involved with the youth, out of boredom, only to find that they had reformed. Amazing Grace explained the things I always wanted to know.

So here I am - a 23 year old reformer with no church. The youth leader just got fired for not "moving in the same direction as the church." So the move is necessary if we are to get edification. My only problems are that I am still committed to two churches:
- MM : Children's church leader - leaving end of 2007. Does not really affect me personally because I am finished by 9:00am Sundays anyway 1.
- MB : Worship leader evening service, will have to leave soon.

[/Memory Lane]

In between some of this - I got involved in a Methodist bible study. The guys are strong and a blessing. God kept me with Him even in the deepest depths of my sin by these two things: teaching children and bible study. I had to do small things for God, even if I did not want to. Along the line I learned of Daniel and his prayer. I prayed it and God did answer. I do not claim to understand it all, but I continue to pray.

Ever since God revealed reformed theology to me praying has been such a blessing. Learning God's word has been such a beautiful thing and although I cannot understand all of it, I try and I pray. I cannot impress how awesome the bible is, imagine how great the being who wrote it is. I read it now and it makes sense. There are parts that are confusing at times, but that is why it is a constant study.

So here I am. Blogging away, trying to find a place. There is one church I have heard of that is a possibility for me, so I will see how it goes. But it requires patience. The "Baptist" church re-named themselves to "Mondeor Community Church". This was not disturbing, until I realized I will never be anything but a reformed Baptist at heart. They do not even have a minister, let alone doctrine.

I know the Lord has a plan. I know I cannot be a 'lone-ranger' Christian. I need brothers who will correct me, but unfortunately I think my current set of brothers and I will be separated soon. I pray for patience.

1 Before I get any complaints about being a Calvinist teaching Methodist children. The Methodists know that I am a Calvinist and secondly, none of my kids have been taught the theology of Calvin by me. I teach the stories that are presented and we learn about God through them. I do not give a direct theological bias, even though I would have to if it were presented. If I got to an election verse, I would have to explain it. But so far this has not been an issue and will continue to be a non-issue. My goal is to teach them about God and his attributes. Also if it were up to me I would pull out as soon as I can, but conscience will not let me. The only other leader for the 7:45am service would be completely alone with 20-30 kids and to quit immediately would be a sin. I also would not mind any single person of the church hearing any of my talks with the kids. I am not ashamed of what I believe and I am teaching the Gospel bright and clear.

Friday, July 27, 2007

So sweet I think I have cavities

Just got an e-mail:



Now I really do not hunt for heresy, nor do I claim that this is completely useless. What I am opposed to is sentimentalism:

...asserts that moral truths are known via feelings or sentiments of approval and disapproval.



Here is the expectation: "God will never take away something without giving you something better to take its place."

This moral kind of message forces a "God is just, according to me" standard of thinking that blows my mind through the roof and beyond the stars. Has anyone read Job 38?

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.


I get the feeling that God is asking "Who do you think you are?" What on earth do we deserve, as sinners? God can give and He can take away, according to the good pleasure of His will. If He gives you something, you praise Him. If He takes away, you don't? What kind of God do you serve? Are you a Christian because God is going to give to you what you want, or because He is the king of the universe?

Let me tell you now why I love Calvinism: I get nothing out, save knowing the God who saves me. Everything else is dirty sprinkles. It is all about the glory of God and if I should die, that quickens my transport to Him. He is the goal. He is the reason.

Materialists just should not call themselves Christians. I do not care what you believe, but do not just pick and choose what you like and then associate yourselves with me by calling yourselves Christian. This may sound harsh, but it is sadly true.

Christians are people who accept Christ as both Lord and Saviour. If He is just a saviour then why did he give us commandments to follow? Do not allow yourselves to think you have 'accepted' Christ because you said a prayer or put your hand up. "If you love me, you will obey my commandments." The very fruit of Christianity is obedience.

I am not trying to be unloving, but you should praise God for what you have and for what you do not have. He knows best, not you. If you submit to Him, it may not be a happy road, but it will be a joyful one. The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Emerging truth

The emerging church is a 'new' church that is appearing on the scene.

I have been looking into the movement recently and there are many disturbing issues in what they do. They do not have 'ministers' as we know. There is no sermon, no truth dispensation, just discussion. People are not corrected in their beliefs and there is no summation at the end of the discussion.

They define what truth is, in their own terms. They will then ask you whether truth is objective, which seems a strange question. You go back the the dictionary:

Truth:

The character of being, or disposition to be, true to a person, principle, cause, etc.



Objective:

That is or belongs to what is presented to consciousness, as opposed to the consciousness itself; that is the object of perception or thought, as distinct from the subject; (hence) (more widely) external to or independent of the mind.



The problem is with the disruption of your definition of truth is exactly what is wanted. You must start considering what is truth, really? From Genesis 1:1 the bible makes no claim to ask you what truth is, other than when Jesus appears on the scene: John 14:6 'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' Here is the definition of 'who' truth is. Usually the argument goes along the lines of: "Since the truth is Jesus and you say that truth is objective, that you objectify Jesus. He is a living person, the truth is something that lives."

The problem with believing Jesus is "the Truth" is it does objectify Him. This is now the non-emergents problem. "Am I believing the wrong thing here?" The subjective truth argument becomes ticklish to the ears as can be:

Subjective

1. Pertaining or relating to one who is subject; belonging to or characteristic of a political subject; hence, submissive, obedient.
2. Pertaining to the subject as to that in which attributes inhere; inherent; hence, pertaining to the essence or reality of a thing; real, essential.



The argument is that Jesus is a subject and since Jesus is the truth, that truth must be subjective. We certainly do not want to be objectifying God, do we? That is idolatry and second commandment bad. I have to ask then, why is this such a problem? Just accept that truth is subjective, it is not longer an object, it is Christ himself. This is a struggle of my soul. There is war going on here. This is where you find out who owns you.

While I agree with the sentiment that Jesus is the truth, there is something not so right. There what I would like to term 'half-versism'© going on here.

The definition of half-versism ©:

Of maintaining a view, rather than reconsidering a position, based on a portion of scripture. Usually performed on parts of verses, or by taking several verses of the bible out of context.

Example:
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" [Emphasis added]. People may only preach "I can do all things" or that for Christians, all things are possible. The truth is Christians fail to fly like birds by flapping their arms just as much as secular humanists do. The truth of the context is that people may find contentment in all situations through the strength of Christ, from whom their strength will be gained.



How am I to interpret the rest of the statement in John 14:6:

"I am ... the way"
"I am ... the life"


Is Jesus some sort of pathway? A means to an end? If He is a means to an end that is not love, that is fire insurance. Or is He saying that only by following Him can we find the right way? That is what the verse is saying. Jesus is the source of all truth, but that truth is an object (making it objective). It is an element of His being, but not the only element to his being.

When He says he is the life, he is saying that life can only be had through Him. Consider John 6:51

"...I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." [Emphasis added]


Must we literally eat of His flesh to be saved? Well then the world is doomed, since He is not with us.

Consider John 8:12:

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." [Emphasis added]


Is Jesus purely light? Is He this torch that we use? No, so therefore he must be telling us something about His divine nature, which is an object of His.

These things must be measured in scripture and a stand must be taken. I believe that any man is free to believe whatever he wants to believe. I also do not claim to know all truth. I do know this: I am not an emergent. I do not wish to engage in their 'services'. To them I will remain lost.

I believe that truth is 'subjective' (submissive) to God only, what comes out of God is objective. What objective is, is true. You cannot trace from truth to God, you must go from God to truth. This cannot and will not change. Jesus is a subject, being a knowable, affectionate and trustworthy God. He is consistent and kind. He knows what is best and one day will return, with judgment for some. He is also infinite and therefor to know Him completely is impossible for us.

This may seem like a 'storm in a teacup' as a good friend put it, but remain warned. The Bible is under attack and the enemy does not come from without, they come from within.


Comment: I do not claim to know everything about the emergent church. If I am in error over something, please inform me. However, a lot of this blog comes from a recent argument with an emergent. If you are misrepresented, I apologize, but surely you will be able to empathize with me, as Christianity has been poorly represented in the past as well.

Not out to make friends

I hate being critiqued. I have to admit that there is a thorn that is thrust into me and causes me to gasp when someone starts correcting me. However, I will always see it as a method that God uses to grow us. Whether the correction is rightful or not, I must remember that it is obviously something that plagues someone's heart.

The best manner to handle it is this - assume that it is true. Take it in and consider yourself. Then go back to scripture and then consider God's word. This makes you comply with James 1:19 "Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;" and you will be displaying humility, which is best. My worst times are when people correct me on anger, sometimes I even get angry over that.

However sometimes the harsher the words, the greater the effect. I have been noticing that strong words are not necessarily bad words. You can be harsh and be loving. Consider John the Baptist in Luke 3:7 - 9:

'He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."'



John was angered over the people 'doing the deed' rather than living the life. These people were going for works-based salvation. He insists that fruits must be produced that display repentance, which is so important.

If you consider Spurgeon, talking to ministers:

"There are some preachers who care very little whether they [their congregation] are attended to or not; so long as they can hold on through the allotted time it is of very small importance to them whether their people hear from eternity, or hear in vain: the sooner such ministers sleep in the churchyard and preach by the verse on their gravestones the better."



As Jack Hughes said: "I'm glad he said it." Some things may sound harsh, but sometimes a harsh word will sink deeper than one that is too careful. We must pray, however, that we present God in the most loving manner possible. But as Christians, we must take a stand on the truth. We must issue God's word, his truth. But remember that God loves the sinner, not the sin and we must love likewise.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Forgive me

I am sorry I believe in God,
the belief that you despise,
Surely you can understand,
As one who is so wise.

(Psalm 14 and 53 verse 1, Romans 1 verse 22)

I am sorry that I hold my bible,
so very close to me,
but if you would look at the world,
it describes the things that be.

(Psalm 31 verse 5, 119 verses 43, 142, 151, 160)

I am sorry I love Christ so much,
brought forth by virgin birth,
for what he did upon that cross,
he did for all the earth.

(Mark 14 verse 9, John 3 verse 17, Romans 9 verse 17, 1 John 2 verse 2)

I am sorry that I am a Baptist,
In the conviction I rejoice,
I am sorry I am a Calvinist,
it really was not my choice.

(Luke 15 verse 6, John 10 verse 29, John 17 verse 9)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Carry over

Recently Bruce da Moose came back to me about my blog on the e-mail. I've had four positive responses so far. But I thought of a way to end chain e-mails once and for all:



PLEASE READ THIS!



"Chain letters killed my dog" - L. Oozer
"Thanks to chain letters, I don't have a job anymore." - M. Oron
"Chain letters have removed the meaning of life for me" - Q. Balsdon

STOP THE MADNESS!



Chain letters are destroying our society, they break down friendships and cost people their lives. The poor people in Imaginaryville, CA have gone back to a completely tribal way of life because of chain letters. They have no schools, no roads, nothing that we take for granted every day of our lives. We could be next!

BUT THERE IS HOPE!



Forward this email to at least 500 friends within the next 0.05 seconds and you will finally be free of the curse that is is chain mail! This really works!

"My dog came back to life" L.
"I got a new, better paying job" M.
"I spend more time reading my bible" Q.

We can help so many people here! You can do good now. The purpose of your creation is to do this (Eph 2:10). Only those who are evil in everything would try to stop you. If you expect to be heard in your prayers how dare you ignore this message, which is sent from the same person who can hear prayers!

IT REALLY WORKS!






The author does not claim that any part of this is true, nor does he claim that the concept of a chain letter to complain about chain letters is his own idea.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Thoughts on prayer

I modified a talk I wrote into a blog... any thoughts?

How are we to approach prayer? In what manner are we supposed to come to God? Surely he is a great and mighty ruler, and deserving of the utmost respect. Has he commanded anything regarding to how we should talk to him?

Obviously God commanded prayer. He told so many times that prayer is important. But for whom is it important? Would you really say that to be able to communicate directly to the almighty and omnipitent is for His benefit? It must be for our benefit.

He lets us talk to him so that WE may be blessed. Matthew 6:8 says "... for your Father knows what you need before you ask him". So what is the point if He knows what we need? Simply this: we are commanded to pray by God Isiaha 55:6 "Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near [not that He is even far from you, you may be far from Him]" and Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you". We pray because we are told to and it is obedience to God that is indicative of our love for Him.

So I want to go into some scriptural definitions on prayer. Prayer is definitely important in the Bible. There are (in the ESV) 90 Verses in total mentioning the word prayer (53 in the New Testament). I won't go into all of them but I will try highlight the main points by coming up with a suitable acronym:
P (urposeful)
R (easonable)
A (according to His will)
Y (earning - be filled with compassion and tenderness)
E (arnest or Zealous)
R (epentant or having confession)

What do I mean by purposeful? We can come to God with anything right? What would be the point if we could be honest with God? But remember that self control is a gift of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22 & 23. There must be a BALANCE. There are scriptures that do tell us how NOT to pray: Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward" and Matthew 6:7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words." These verses are warning us against saying what we don't mean, being dishonest and vain in prayer. When we ask for something in His name, we will get it (John 14:13). We must be sure that we truly want it, and that it will be used for His glory, not for our personal agenda James 1:5 & 6 "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind." Why then would we not receive what we ask for? James 4:3 answers this "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions"

The next point is the reasonableness of our prayer. What are the things that we should ask for? Can we not ask for temporal (physical) things? Of course we can! Matthew 6:11 (The Lord's Prayer!) "give us this day our daily bread" - but we must remain humble in our asking for these things, balance our requests out with scripture. We must remain focused on the GIVER of the gifts, not the gifts themselves. Ray Comfort had a really good analogy from his own life: Every day he would come home from work and be greeted by his family. He bought his kids a T.V. to provide them with some entertainment. But soon after this he did not get greeted by his kids because they were to focused on the gift. If God truly is our father, and he knows what is best, then surely, if He really loves us, he will not give us a gift that He knows will take us away from Him. What we should focus on is what he can give us spiritually. Matthew 6:33 provides the promise that when we are truly focused on God, we need not concern ourselves with anything else: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." If you want a list of things to ask God for, look at Galatians 5:22 & 23 (the fruits of the spirit)


Prayer is a mechanism for us to get (NB)ourselves(NB) in line with God's will, forsaking all other wills. We, as Christians, need not concern ourselves with the will of anything but his will. When you pray "...your will be done..." do you really grasp what you are saying? You are saying: "In spite of what I may think or want, you can do what you like and I will love you for it"*. Look at the lives of the Godly people in the Bible, it may seem, at a glance, that it all worked out quite quickly. But this is not so. Abraham was seventy six (If you work it out from Genesis 16) when God promised him a son, and he was one hundred when God delivered on his promise (Genesis 21). Not only did Abraham have to wait 24 years, but he was running out of years as well. But even though Abraham doubted (after 10 years, Genesis 16, would you be able to wait 10 years? I think Abraham was pretty patient) God still delivered on His promise to Abraham. The point that I am trying to make is that regardless of what we might think is God's way, we must be prepared to accept what He wants, and that it is for His good purposes. God works in His ways, not ours. 1 John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us". One more thing - no one/thing can tell you God's will but the bible.

Yearning - When we pray, we must want an answer. I can assure that when you ask for patience, God will not simply grant you the patience you require. You will be put in situations that test your patience and you will pass or fail depending on how much you are paying attention. When we come to God in prayer, we can ask him to reveal our mistakes to us, and he will. If we ask him to help us, and we sincerely mean it, we will remember it when we are next in a situation when we need him, and we will be comforted and blessed. This boils down to how big God is in our lives. If we consider him always, we will at least be convicted to try and be more like Him. If we forget about Him and His promises, then we do not really want an answer. John 14:14 "If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it." Be careful not to use this verse to test God. When I first read this verse I thought, "Ok I'll ask God to end world hunger, it's a great cause and I personally may not benefit from it. But then I would simply be testing God, to see if he did it."

Earnestness. James 5:17 "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth." God answers an earnest prayer. If we are serious and not joking, God will hear our prayer. This falls back on asking according to His will, but it also exhibits that we must not be joking or foolish in our requests. We must also be zealous in our prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 summarizes this concept up really well "pray without ceasing". We can pray anywhere: 1 Timothy 2:8 "I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;" and in everything Philippians 4:6 "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." This verse also highlights the need for thankfulness in our prayers.

Repentant or having confession. Romans 3:23 states "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". We are all sinners, we cannot be Christians without knowing we are sinful. 1 John 1:8 says "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." We must be sure that we repent to God, as clearly as we can of our sin. In the same manner, we must forgive others. If we expect to be forgiven, then we must forgive the way God forgives: Matthew 6:12 "and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors". If God forgives in an instant, so should we. I'm not saying that we do, but God is strong enough to lift any burden and Jesus forgave in an instant. We accompany our prayer with confession because we know we fall short of God. Just because we can't think of particular sin, does not mean we do not sin. God knows our hearts, whether we know our hearts or not, and whether we like it or not: Hebrews 4:12 & 13 "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account." How awesome is God, that we can take refuge in Him! To be honest I don't think any man can forgive by himself . I think forgiveness is available to all men because of God's common grace.

God knows us. There is nothing hidden from Him. Prayer is an awesome gift that he has provided for us to be edified in His grace. We can have a personal relationship with an eternal God who loves us. There truly is no one like Him. One of my favourite songs to sing has the lyrics "Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin, would look on me with love and watch me rise again". God is awesome and great. He is the provider of all things that are good James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." He will always keep you near, as promised by John 10:28 & 29 "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand." We have security in Christ, and we need no other.

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*Luke 14:26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Luke 14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
Luke 14:30 saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'

Luke 14:33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Stars so far away I can't see them

Genesis 3:5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Ignorance was truly blissful once. Now everything I see I must explain through scripture. What I find so interesting is that peoples attitude toward scripture is revealed when they simply look at Genesis 1.

I have no problem with light from stars millions/billions of light years away. Please remember that all evolution is, is a theory. Just as what I am about to introduce is a theory. Mine, however, is a biblical theory. I find that because I refuse to compromise on scripture, if I find evidence, it must not affect my opinion of scripture. The evidence I see must conform to the truth of God. This means that most times I must go back to the original language of the text, to determine proper context and meaning. This instance is not the case.

Just so you know, I am a young earth creationist, so everything TRUE must conform to what the Bible says. If there is ABSOLUTE TRUTH that does not conform to the Bible, then God has mumbled and we all might as well believe that there is no heaven, because there is no way of getting there. Thankfully I am actually of the reverse opinion. The Bible IS absolute truth, and therefore nothing that is true contradicts the Bible. I will willfully enter into the Kingdom of heaven crawled up (possibly crying) in a corner saying "I do not understand how the Bible and this truth do not contradict" than try to rationalize the Bible as non-truth. In other words, I think God knows more than I do. If I see a truth in the world, then it is true. If I see a verse in the bible, then it is true. And to quote C.H. Spurgeon rather liberally, then "it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other."1

This should be a relatively short blog. It is simply something to say that scripture explains all that is sufficient for us now. Lets get to the point.

Stars. So far away. How could the universe possibly be young? Light travels a certain distance at a certain speed and that is that. Or is it? Here are two points:

1. The speed of light (SOL)2 is a measurement of DISTANCE, not of velocity, due to the fact that light may be slowed down and sped up 3. What am I saying , that the SOL is NOT a velocity? No. I'm saying it's not the biblical constant you once thought it was. It can be changed 3.

2. Has God told us everything? No. Does the Bible reveal the truths of Calculus? No. What I contend is that WHATEVER THE BIBLE SAYS IS TRUE. Whatever is not specifically mentioned is left for man to discover. God has truly blessed us. To quote Ken Ham of AiG: "If God told us everything we'd never graduate" 4 I'm not saying we roll over, die and just say "God did it, I don't care how!" What I am suggesting is that when we do not understand something, it is scripture (God's word) that we trust, not in the fallible things of man. Why should we fall just because we are deceived, we deceive ourselves. 1 Corinthians 3:18 "Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise." The first step (as always) is to rely on God.

Now that we have this in mind, there should be no doubt that God is King of Kings, Lord of Lords. You should not need a THEORY to compel you to scripture. Listen to me on this: IF MY THEORY TURNS YOU BACK ON THE 'RIGHT' PATH YOU WILL FALL OFF IT AGAIN IN THE SAME WAY YOU ORIGINALLY FELL OFF. I should not have to provide evidence for God and Jesus to a Christian (actually I offer none to anyone - I will offer you scripture though). No one will ever be able to explain everything to you. There will be a time when you have to simply "Be still, and know that [He is] God" (Psalm 46:10).

Here is a theory of the 6 day creation working WITH distances of stars. Be careful, this is quite complex:

Isaiah 40:22 "It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; "

Perhaps I am too simple, but I like the fact that scripture is simple(I will defend the first non-underlined portion later). If you do not understand what I mean by using this verse, here it is:

If the universe is constantly expanding 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (a THEORY on which even the big bang operates 9 - I do not wish to discuss why the big bang won't work now - I can't do everything) then we need to consider this: Is the expansion constant10? If it is not, then surely we cannot determine the age of the universe in a simple manner. If it is, then obviously a calculation will suffice.

Consider the ramifications of a constant - how do we know our constant is right, especially if you consider billions of years. Is 100 years enough to determine an astronomical constant? I do not think it would be. That's like trying to do trigonometry with a triangle with one angle being 0.0000000000000000009 degrees. The problem is astronomers do not know how to calculate the Hubble constant 10. It must be calculated per star or galaxy 11, which suggests it is anything but a constant.

If the universe is young, however, this explains how stars' light can be seen from earth. They were once closer and are moving away slower than the speed of their light(that is the theory bit). Notice that in 6 days God created all things, including the stars. It would have to be AFTER this event that he "stretches out the heavens like a curtain". The next step in the theory is to check how fast the stars are actually moving away, which is dependent on the Hubble constant, which is indeterminable for ALL the universe.

So what are we left with? The same situation the scientists are left with: "We do not know" but at least what we do know and part of we summarize is scripturally sound, as far as I can tell. Praise God for his word.

Please note that this, much like the 'science' that is taught to us, is a theory. This is just a Biblical theory. I am fully open to the fact that I could be wrong. However, scripture is not wrong.

Defense of Isaiah 40:22
"The circle of the earth" - this is not saying the earth is flat, merely circular (which can, if you are honest enough with yourself, mean spherical). Consider this verse in contrast: Isaiah 11:12 "He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth". Now this seems to say the earth has CORNERS, implicating a SQUARE (not round) shape. Not only does this contradict, it contradicts in the SAME book! Once again a clean attitude is required when dealing with scripture.

First: This is so clear a 'contradiction' that it simply cannot be one. If I were going to write you something to lie to you, would I really say this in this manner? The Bible proves its consistency sometimes by how difficult it is to interpret (For over 2500 years we have had this text and no one thought to 'correct' this 'mistake'?). This is an easy case though.

Second: The Hebrew word for corner 'kaw-nawf' has several meanings: "an edge or extremity; specifically (of a bird or army) a wing, (of a garment or bed-clothing) a flap, (of the earth) a quarter, (of a building) a pinnacle". From this we determine that when the context relates to the earth it actually means quarter. Examining this verse with renewed understanding suggests that God will gather Judah from everywhere around the earth. Believe what you will, but that could actually have been obtained from the English text anyway when the right attitude is applied to this scripture (hyperbolic speech - an English idiom "all four corners of the earth"). God told us the earth was 'round' before we had to figure it out. This is not a new belief for Christians who stayed close to the text.

May He keep you and guide you.

References
1 Spurgeon Quote

2 Wikipedia Speed of light

3 Light that travels faster than light

4 Quote from "Six days and the Eisegesis problem"

5 Support for an expanding universe - FAQ in Cosmology

6 Support for an expanding universe - Hubble Site Reference Desk

7 Support for an expanding universe - Sloan Digital Sky Survey

8 Support for an expanding universe - Metrc Expansion

9 Support for an expanding universe - Big Bang

10The Hubble constant

11Rotation of Spiral Galaxies

12Strong's Hebrew Dictionary: Kaw-Nawf

UPDATE 16 April 2008: Errata notes [HERE]