Okay, moving on from Part One where we were talking about Darwin’s false theory of evolution.
Now, as a scientific fact, due to fossil records and such (I know some “Christians” even dispute this), for instance, it has been proven that horses in the prehistoric ages (the laws of science that God created have proven there indeed were prehistoric ages besides the “hard” evidence), these horses were the size of dogs. They have evolved and adapted to the sizes they are today. There are still small horses, but they are still horses, they haven’t changed into dogs for instance or some other species of animals, they will always be horses. Elephants, on the other hand and their ancestry were huge, in fact they were what we now know to be Mammoths and Mastodons, yet today they are getting smaller and smaller as a species, this is being proven as the years go by, yet they are still elephants and they will always be of the species of elephant. The same can be said of all of the other many, many species and yet there is no Law of Nature, no specifics and no hard facts or evidence that shows us one species changes into another. Yet, we are asked to believe that the THEORY of evolution is factual!
Now here is something as reasoning people, I would like for you to consider; for instance if Darwin’s theory were even remotely true, we would continue to see evidence ALL around of transitional mutations with one species STILL in the process of turning into another. It would be an ongoing phenomenon. Yet scientists today aren’t looking around them because they know they won’t find anything, yet they are still trying to chase the prehistoric record to find that “missing link!”
Well, I propose a hypothesis that it’s missing because it never existed no matter how scientists try to twist the facts or the truth! Charles Darwin’s evolution is a theory, only that; an unsubstantiated theory with no facts to back it up. Survival of the species does not show one species changing into another, rather it just shows individual species adapting to their environment and changing to meet the environment’s demands, yet as a species it remains the same! Adaptation and evolution are two extremely different principles and yet the god of this world has blinded those that should be in awe of the Greatness and Majesty of the Lord! Remember what Matthew put in his Gospel about the blind leading the blind, they all fall into a pit! (Matthew 15:14).
Now, to put this in the terms of the Bible, I want to give you a Scripture that is so taken out of context that for generations it has become the traditional thought behind the Lord’s timing. Remember this also, this was put to pen, centuries later than Moses wrote the Lord’s creation account. “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8.
It is widely taught that because the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to write about creation happening in days, and much later He inspired Peter to pen this Scripture that it must BE absolute truth that a day to God is one thousand years. So I always counteract that misuse of Scripture with Paul’s inspired writing:
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” – 2 Corinthians 3:5-6.
When taken in context, which so many well-meaning people DON’T do, especially with the Bible, you can see that Peter is answering the question of the Lord’s time and most especially when it comes to the lost and His willingness to give mankind time to repent! How come it is that some people are so quick to take certain Scriptures as a literal meaning while others they are willing to ASSUME that it is just an analogy or metaphor for something else? You HAVE to rightly divide the Word of God!
Paul wrote this to his protégé Timothy; “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15.
This was written with not just Timothy in mind, but every person who was ever to pick up the Word of God! Some things are just not that significant concerning whether we are saved or not, BUT, they are significant in us understanding the character AND nature of our Heavenly Father! How in the world can you hope to have a relationship with One that you have not even a little understanding of?
The Bible does NOT contradict itself and if the Bible doesn’t line up with your theory, then I’m sorry, but it’s YOUR theory that is wrong and needs to change. Maybe, just maybe, you need to get God out of that box you have put Him in and expand your faith to encompass a God that is beyond our comprehension and understanding! We are to fear God, which literally means to be in AWE and WONDER of Him. If you continue to make God into your image, then before long He loses the allure of the mystery and wonder of His character and nature. I for one am amazed that time itself means NOTHING to God. It was created the moment He started creating because we, human-kind were always in His plans and thoughts from the very first moment He spoke and chased chaos away and replaced it with order!
Now, that scripture from Peter alone has caused so much misunderstanding and controversy concerning the truths of science and the Laws that govern it, and there ARE Laws that govern the sciences. Remember, our God Almighty, our Creator is a God of order and there was a reason for that. Many Fundamentalist Christians, and I claim to be one, believe this proves that the Lord created the heavens and the earth all in six days and thus the earth and all in it and the heavens above are six thousand years old! I DO NOT agree with that view. I believe what Moses wrote and later what Peter wrote was to show us the magnificence of God and to understand that to Him time doesn’t matter! We have so many Christians that are staking their salvation on this fact alone as if this is an important issue in their salvation! There is only one thing important to a person’s salvation, the knowledge that Jesus died for their sins and His sinless sacrifice to pay their debt, and a person’s true belief AND confession of that fact!
Yet, what you believe IS important in your walk and in you life of faith. Faith is one thing that SHOULD evolve from believing into knowing as you learn more about the character and nature of our Heavenly Father. So, I am not trying to detract you from believing in what is factual, but I am doing all I can to increase your faith and your knowledge of the Greatness and Awesomeness of our God!
Moving on, so, science tells us, not because of theory, but because of the very orderly laws that God created to govern the universe, that our universe is billions of years old. Now those of you who can reason and still have faith, if our Heavenly Father never had a beginning and shall never have an end, what is billions of years to Him? Stretch your thinking and think about the awesomeness of God; wouldn’t that be just a breath to the Lord, maybe just a heartbeat if even that? Our finite minds cannot comprehend that and thus it is written so we can understand the concept of time in relation to our Heavenly Father.
Okay, here’s why I believe Peter chose that example as compared to say “a million years is as a day.” Moses, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit shared with us the generations of man and their ages in chapter five of Genesis, there is no one that lived one-thousand years. Some came close, Methuselah was four years shy, but this was the longest that man could fathom and of course by the time Peter was living the age was far less than one hundred. Peter, who also was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit spoke what men at that time could imagine was a long time. The time of the person who lived the longest on the earth was as a mere day to the Lord! The people of his day could fathom the awesomeness of that statement. Not many could fathom a million years or even a billion years. Today man can’t truly comprehend that.
In this day and age where millions and even billions are talked about in just about every marketplace it is a number that to most people is something they can try to imagine. Think of this; to those who have a million dollars for instance a billion may seem so far out of reach. Personally I can’t imagine that much in money, but time-wise we throw that amount around all the time. It has lost it’s mystique! So, don’t forget the Spirit of the Word of God. That same Scripture that Peter wrote should be awesome in even today’s world! It was written with the Spirit that time to the Lord means nothing.
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22.
Now people today look at this as a metaphor that we are to forgive as much as necessary, although I will tell you, I knew a Pastor in Arizona that preached this figure literally! (True story!).
But in truth you see, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t to forgive just seven times, but neither are we to forgive only 490 times! This is a principle that Jesus was trying to teach Peter and those around him because Peter was feeling pretty good about himself when he suggested forgiving seven times. (The rabbis taught that it was only necessary to forgive three times and then you were no longer obligated).
Okay, here’s why we can believe that the example of the thousand years times one day was given to demonstrate that time doesn’t mean anything to the Lord. The knowledge that we have today, the scientific fact, was prophesied that we would have it. Daniel prophesied that we would have more knowledge; he didn’t prophesy however that we would necessarily be smarter or wiser! Now, if I were to share with someone today about time as compared to the Lord, I would tell them that a billion years is as a heartbeat to the Lord!! For us, it gives the same idea of unlimited “time” as it did to the people of Peter’s day!
Are you going to lose your salvation if you believe the literal letter of the Word? I don’t believe so for a moment. But I also believe it is our responsibility individually to account for how we believe and why we believe. Remember what Paul wrote as quoted above in 2 Corinthians. We NEED to consider the Spirit of the Word and not JUST the letter. When God tells us to love Him and love our neighbor, we are to do the letter of that command, but if we do it without the Spirit behind it, it is no more than what James describes as works without faith and vice versa!
More to come.