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"The end of learning is to repair the ruin of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge, to love Him, to imitate Him, to be like Him." - John Milton, Puritan Poet

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Does It Really Matter What We Believe? Young Earth Creation vs. Evolution and Other False Teachings

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  Romans 1:16

Ahh... Creation vs. evolution... Why is it that such a topic brings about so many different emotions in people?  I know that for some, it just makes their blood boil.  For others, they just cringe and try to ignore it.  Then there are those who have the idea that it really doesn't matter, just as long as everyone remains calm and happy.

But is this the way it should be?  Should we, who call ourselves Bible believing Christians, sit on our comfy little seats in Church and ignore the fact that there are so many out there that just don't know what to believe?  And I'm not just talking about non-believers, either!  I'm talking about Christians!!!   Those who call themselves born-again, faith-walking, Bible-talking Christians!

Sure, we all can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus died on the Cross and was raised from the dead on the third day... all to save me and to save you from our sins.  Praise God!


BUT... What does that mean??  And what does it have to do with Creation vs. evolution... and others, anyway?


I am not ashamed of the gospel...  


So, here's a question.  When exactly does the Gospel begin?  I mean, in the Bible.  Does it begin at Matthew 1:1?  Mark 1:1?  Luke 1:1?  John 1:1? 


Or, could it possibly begin at Genesis 1:1??? 


If we don't have a clear picture of how sinful sin is, and an even clearer picture of the holiness of God, we will never truly understand what it is we are being saved from.  The word "sin" is used so flippantly in the world today that no one really understands what sin really is and what sin is to God Almighty!! 


A little sin here and a little sin there, but God is a God of love, so He will forgive me.  Right? 


Well, that's not exactly what the Bible says.  Yes, God is love, but His Word says that He also hates workers of iniquity!  Yep, that's right!  He hates people who are workers of iniquity!  Look it up...Psalm 5:5.  Before I go on, and before you stop reading all together, consider this... Does God's Word lie?  Is God the same today, yesterday, and forever?  Did God say that, or not?  But you say, "God doesn't hate!  He can't!  God IS love!"  Well, yes, but you can't ignore Psalm 5:5!  Also consider James 4:4 and Exodus 20:3-6.  God says He is a jealous God. 


Now, let's look up the word iniquityNoah Webster's 1828 dictionary defines iniquity as Injustice; unrighteousness; Want of rectitude in principle; a sin or crime; wickedness; Original want of holiness or depravity.

That was me!  God actually hated me... before I trusted in Christ to pay a ransom for me and save me from my sins.  That was you, too, until you trusted in Christ to save you!  


Now, let's look at the Gospel again.  When does the Gospel begin exactly?  Dare I say that it begins at Genesis 1:1??  The very FIRST verse of the Bible that you and I trust in to be THE WORD OF GOD.  That's right.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ begins at Genesis 1:1 and remains until He comes back!  


This whole thing... argument, debate, or whatever you want to call it, about Creation vs. evolution is not about Creation or evolution.  It is... and it isn't.  


What its really and ultimately about is the Authority of God and His Word!!  The Gospel means nothing until we really understand Who God Is and who we are.  And if we are questioning God's Word from the very first verse, then who's to say that the rest of His Word is true?  If we question the account of creation from Genesis 1 as being literally six days, then why don't we question the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as a literal account???  Have you ever thought about that?  Why is it that we so easily believe the resurrection account, but yet we question creation?  Isn't it the same God that raised Jesus from the dead the same God Who says He created the world in 6 literal days?  Does God lie?



This is where the problem stems.  Questioning God and His Word.  


But what, or shall I say, who, does this sound like?  Does it not sound familiar to you about questioning God and His Word?  Was it not Satan himself who caused Eve to question what God had told them in the Garden?  In the Beginning?  


See, its the same ol' trick of the enemy.  If he can cause us to question the Authority of God and His Word, especially from the very first verse, then certainly he will succeed in getting us to question the rest of His Word.  Isn't that his plan?  To seek us out, to steal, kill, and destroy our hope and faith in our Living Savior!


You see, the true story of creation is the foundation of our faith!!  The very foundation of the Gospel!  And if our enemy can make our foundation crumble, then it will be easy for him to ultimately destroy us!!


God is not a liar, our enemy is.  If God said He created the world in 6 literal days, then I believe Him.  God did not leave any room for anything else.  There's no room for millions of years.  There's no room for even the so-called "intelligent design."  God said HE did it and He told us How He did it!!  Plain and simple.


We just have to make the choice if we are going to believe Him or not!


Do you believe Him?  Or have you been caught up in the lie of millions of years?  Do you even care?  Do you think it even matters?  If the subject is brought up in your presence, what is your first response?  Do you get angry, defensive, or do you ignore it?


Feedback.  Tell me your thoughts on the matter.  Leave me a comment.  I want to know what others are saying and believing on the subject.  


So, what do you say, does it matter what we believe??
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Part 2 of this series will be coming soon.  Have you been "evolutionized"?  And how does that affect our everyday thinking?

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Blog Party Time!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Welcome fellow homeschool bloggers, and anyone else who may be stopping by from the party hop.  If you've never been here before, please stick around and take a peek at what I have to say.  Homeschooling is a journey worth taking with your family.  It can be difficult at times, but well worth it.

That Narrow Path is never easy, but God gives us grace to face all of the challenges.  May He have all the glory!

So, again I say, welcome and I hope you decide to visit again.  Please leave me a comment and I will be sure to visit you as well.

Blessings to You!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Am Saddened By This

Yes, we went to the big homeschool convention in the South East and had a blast.  We just love going to these things.  Not only do we get to shop for more curriculum, books, dvds, games, and the like, we also get to hear some encouraging seminars by those who have gone before us, and who are still on the path.  We had a great time!  And to tell the truth, we spent a lot of money!!  I LOVE books, my dh loves books, my kids love books.  So you can guess that we bought a lot of books!!  Among other things...

So, what is it that saddens me so?  Well, (with a big sigh), I am so sad to find out that Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis has been kicked out of these conventions!!!  WHY? 

For being bold enough to speak TRUTH!!  Believe it or not, in a "Christian" homeschool convention, he is accused of being non-christian, among other things!!  To get the full report on this ridiculous account, you can read about it here

I am so sick about this.  I am so sick of the Church willingly falling into the same old trap of the enemy!  I can say this because myself, and my family, fell into it.  The compromise trap.  Yes, we were deceived by our enemy, but because the TRUTH of the origins of the earth and creation and the age of the earth is NOT preached from the pulpit!!!!!!!  And by the grace of God, we learned of our errors, which in reality is SIN!  Then we repented of our sin, and decided to actually believe the Bible for what it says.  For what Jesus says in HIS Word.  I will be posting more on this later...

Any way, I am declaring that I am a young earth creationist, Bible believing Christian!  But why does that even matter?  Well, I will be posting about that, too.  Since so many Christians just don't seem to get it.  I realize that this may sound harsh, but so be it.  Truth can be hard to swallow.  I know it is for me sometimes.
 
So, I will leave you with this to ponder...  If your child was in the middle of a pool drowning, would you jump in and save them?  Or would you just stand there and yell to them, "Well, I thought you learned how to swim.  You better try to learn now, on your own, because I've got better things to do." 

I think we all know the answer.

And by the way, my dh got a picture with Ken Ham.  Without me!  What a shame.  Maybe next time, when we go back to the Creation Museum!!!

More to come...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Woo-Hoo! We're Going!!

Greenville Homeschool Convention

Yep, we're going this Thursday and we are so excited!  We're gonna see Tim Hawkins, Ken Ham, and Doug Phillips... Just to name a few.  Plus its gonna be fun perusing through all of the curriculum vendors.

The only downside to this is trying to figure out how to work in all of the seminars I want to go to and handle a nursing baby!!  I've never done anything like this and had a baby tagging along.

Oh, and there is another downside... Self-control!  I will want to buy everything right then and there.  So much to see... and touch... and feel... Oh, what am to do?  I really need to pray for self-control!! 

If you're in this area, hope to see you there!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I Have Been Blessed Today!

I was blessed today by another blogging friend, Day-Dreamin' Optimist!  She gave me an award!  So, this makes my 2nd one for this blog.  And I give all the praise to God, because I want my readers to be directed toward Him!  Thank you, thank you!  And to think its for being a stylish blog.  Who would've "thunk" it?


What to do once you have been given this award:
  •  Thank and link back to the person that awarded this to you
  •  Share 7 things about yourself
  •  Award 15 recently discovered bloggers
  • Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
     
    Seven Things You Always Wanted To Know About Me:
     
    1.  I just turned 40!  And I must be over the hill since being 40 has always been over the hill!  :)  At least that is what I thought when my mom turned 40!! 
    2. I need to lose at least 15 pounds!  Baby fat, of course!  Ugh!
    3.  My sons make me laugh way too hard!  Bad things can happen to a 40 year old, new mommy when she laughs too hard!  Oops, don't tell anyone!
    4.   I wish I had more time to do nothing but read.  I love books.
    5.  I shouldn't go grocery shopping when I'm famished... well, you know where that's goin'.
    6.  I'm extra happy today, because my dh ordered a new computer for me!  Can't wait to get it!
    7.  When I hear a song, it often gets stuck in my head, and I will go to bed and sing it all night while I'm sleeping!  No kidding!

    Now for the 15 bloggers that I would like to award this to...
    1.  Emily @ Strobel's HappeningsI have been following her for a long time, and she is always posting with great pics!  I love her photography!
    2.  Michelle @ Losing MichelleI just found her blog, and I LOVE her title!  I feel we may have a lot in common.  
    3.  Joy @ Five J's.  Talking about stylish AND organized!
    4.  Linda and Arby @ The Homeschool Apologist.  I love to read this kind of stuff!
    5.  Steve Finnell @ Christian-with-a-view.  Straight to the point!
    6.  Lloyd @ Solid Rock or Sinking Sand.  
    7.  Momma Mindy @ Momma Mindy's Moments.  I'm always touched in some way when I read her posts.
     
    Now, I know that this is only 7 and not 15, but these are the ones that I feel I want to share this with.  

    Happy Blogging!!
     

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It Is Our Fundamental Right!!~ Urgent Message!

So, did anyone see The Child documentary?  Well, I did, and I'm fired up!  I knew about this, but I am ashamed to say that I didn't follow up about it by calling our senators and representatives.  This is such a crucial thing that I feel the need to really stress it.

Do you believe that you, as a parent, know how to care for YOUR child?

Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" and responsibility to make the decisions for YOUR child?

Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" to educate YOUR child the way YOU see fit? 

How about health care??  Do you believe that you, as a parent, have the "Fundamental Right" to choose how YOUR child is taken care of when he or she is sick?



If you do, then PLEASE, PLEASE, if you were not able to see it, or just chose not to, please consider checking out the Parental Rights website here, and look into what this is all about.  If you are a parent who loves your children, then you need to see this.  And get involved, spread the message... tell your friends and family to check it out!  We can't let "them" take our fundamental rights away, and lose our kids in the process!!

Stand Firm!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are You Aware of What's Going On? ~ A MUST See!!


Are you aware of the fact that "they" are trying to take away our rights as parents?  And this isn't something that we can just sit back and say, "Ah, well, it won't really happen.  At least not in my lifetime."  Well, think again!!  It's closer than you may think. 

The Lord tells us to be "sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith..."  1 Peter 5:8

"They" want to devour our families.  "They" want to take our children.  "They" want to have the power to say what we can and can not do with our own children.  And if we let them have that power, they will!!

Please watch the trailer to this documentary that will be airing this Monday, March 7th.  You can watch it on the given channels or, like us, watch it on our computer and itouch. 



Be Aware!  Be Brave In Christ!  And Stand Up for What Is Right!