January 11, 2013

Berit Kjos 

Part 1: God's Wonderful Word:

Mocked, Hated, Twisted and Banned

       "...by Him [Jesus] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. "  Colossians 1:16-17

      "...since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made . . . although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts... Professing to be wise, they became fools..." Romans 1:20-22

There was a time in America, when people flocked to Bible-based churches to hear God's encouraging Word and follow His Way.  Back then, God's timeless Truth brought peace, hope, faith and amazing wonder. But times have changed!  Today it's hard to find a church that doesn't compromise the Bible and bend it to fit human inclinations and unbiblical fads.

Each year, fewer pastors are prepared to base their teaching on the victorious Word of our Lord -- the true Creator of the world. Instead, they simply dismiss the less popular parts of the Bible such as the first chapters of Genesis.  After all, a "short earth" makes little sense to those who replace God with human scripts for a universe stretching millions of years into the past.

Many, like the famous evolutionist Richard Dawkins, simply hope one day to discover a higher intelligence that can solve the puzzles that continue to perplex even the most renowned atheistic evolutionists.

Ben Stein Exposes British Evolutionist,  Richard Dawkins

Back in 2008, Jewish author Ben Stein interviewed the prominent British atheist and author, Richard Dawkins. Please watch this short excerpt from the much longer DVD titled Expelled:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trUUv_ZDoMo  (You can order the full-length video from Amazon and/or watch the short YouTube here)

As you will see, Dawkins simply could not make sense of the evolutionary speculations on which he had built his worldwide fame and fortune. Notice his grandiose claims and flawed explanations. He was totally unable to validate his own assertion that evolution is a proven reality.  After all, an atheist -- especially a world famous atheist author -- cannot accept a creationist's faith in God's mighty work without losing credibility!

After watching the full length video back in 2008, Dinesh D'Souza wrote an article exposing Dawkins ignorant and irrational speculations. Here are some excerpts:

"So Stein puts to Dawkins a simple question, 'How did life begin?' One would think that this is a question that could easily be answered. Dawkins, however, frankly admits that he has no idea. One might expect Dawkins to invoke evolution as the all-purpose explanation. Evolution, however, only explains transitions from one life form to another. Evolution has no explanation for how life got started in the first place. Darwin was very clear about this.

"In order for evolution to take place, there had to be a living cell. The difficulty for atheists is that even this original cell is a work of labyrinthine complexity. Franklin Harold writes in The Way of the Cell that even the simplest cells are more ingeniously complicated than man's most elaborate inventions....

"[This] absurdity was recognized more than a decade ago by Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix. Yet Crick is a committed atheist. Unwilling to consider the possibility of divine or supernatural creation, Crick suggested that maybe aliens brought life to earth from another planet. And this is precisely the suggestion that Richard Dawkins makes in his response to Ben Stein. Perhaps, he notes, life was delivered to our planet by highly-evolved aliens. Let's call this the "ET" explanation.

"Stein brilliantly responds that he had no idea Richard Dawkins believes in intelligent design! And indeed Dawkins does seem to be saying that alien intelligence is responsible for life arriving on earth....

"Basically Dawkins is surrendering on the claim that evolution can account for the origins of life. It can't. The issue now is simply whether a natural intelligence (ET) or a supernatural intelligence (God) created life. Dawkins can't bear the supernatural explanation and so he opts for ET. But doesn't it take as much, or more, faith to believe in extraterrestrial biology majors depositing life on earth than it does to believe in a transcendent creator?

"All he can do is hope there is another 'god' or 'intelligence' somewhere who might have set evolution in motion."[1]

Did you catch that message? Both Dawkins and Crick agree that life must have begun with some kind of living cell. But they can't explain how that essential and foundational living cell came about!  And so, in desperate search for an answer, they turn to a vague hope of extraterrestrial life still to be discovered. Since both are determined atheists, they refuse to believe in our God -- the actual Creator of all life!  

"Ben Stein Vs. Sputtering Atheists"

On April 18, 2008, Brent Bozell -- founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service -- presented his review of Expelled. He began by exposing the standard bias and hostility of evolutionists toward those who reject evolution.

"It is a reality of PC liberalism: There is only one credible side to an issue, and any dissent is not only rejected, it is scorned. Global warming. Gay 'rights.' Abortion 'rights.'...

PC liberalism's power centers are the news media, the entertainment industry and academia, and all are in the clutches of an unmistakable hypocrisy: Theirs is an ideology that preaches the freedom of thought and expression at every opportunity, yet practices absolute intolerance toward dissension. Evolution is another one of those one-sided debates....

"Ben Stein's extraordinary presentation documents how the worlds of science and academia not only crush debate on the origins of life, but also crush the careers of professors who dare to question the Darwinian hypothesis of evolution and natural selection.

"Stein asks a simple question: What if the universe began with an intelligent designer, a designer named God? He assembles a stable of academics -- experts all -- who dared to question Darwinist assumptions and found themselves "expelled" from intellectual discourse as a result. They include evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg (sandbagged at the Smithsonian), biology professor Caroline Crocker (drummed out of George Mason University), and astrophysicist Guillermo Gonzalez (blackballed at Iowa State University).

"That's disturbing enough, but what Stein does next is truly shocking. He allows the principal advocates of Darwinism to speak their minds. These are experts with national reputations, regular welcomed guests on network television and the like. But the public knows them only by their careful seven-second soundbites. Stein engages them in conversation. They speak their minds. They become sputtering ranters, openly championing their sheer hatred of religion.

"PC liberalism has showered accolades on atheist author Richard Dawkins' best-selling book "The God Delusion." But when Stein suggests to Dawkins that he's been critical of the Old Testament God, Dawkins protests -- not that Stein is wrong, but that he's being too mild. He then reads from this jaw-dropping paragraph of his book:

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully."

"It's understood that God had nothing to do with the origins of life on Earth. What, then, is the alternate explanation? Stein asks these experts... One theorizes that life began somehow on the backs of crystals. Another states electric sparks from a lightning storm created organic matter (out of nothing). Another declares that life was brought to Earth by aliens. Anything but God.

"The most controversial part of the film follows Stein to the Dachau concentration camp, underlining how Darwin's theories of natural selection led to the eugenics movement, embraced by Adolf Hitler."[2]

Flowing with the Culture ~ or Standing Firm in Christ?

It's hard to find Bible-based churches these days. Most congregations seem to be choosing the world's perspective. Many give more credit to today's speculative evolutionary "theories" than to God's creation as described in Genesis 1 and 2.

Since the New Testament -- like the Old Testament -- contains plenty of references to God's marvelous life-bringing creation, today's skeptics are prompted to alter the rest of the Bible as well. It's no surprise that the social and spiritual consequences of rejecting God's Truth are all around us. God has been diminished to a name and a place, and relatively few are taking His Word seriously.

The Scripture below is not popular these days. Our postmodern culture wants encouragement, not warnings! We seek comforts, not rebukes; positive thinking, not repentance. All the more, we need to ponder and repeat these much needed verses that are becoming increasingly relevant -- while largely forgotten -- today:

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
       "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools....
      "Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever."  Romans 1:18-25

Does that sound like our times? Are we willing to believe His Word and follow His Way?

Oswald Chambers, author of the beloved book, My Utmost for His Highest, offered these wise and relevant words:

      "Those who deal with the great secrets of the universe imply that our planet is such a tiny spot in the tremendous universe that it is a piece of stupid conceit on our part to think that God watches over us. And to make our planet the center where God performed the marvelous drama of His own history of the Incarnation and Atonement is absurd, they say.
       "But watch a simpleminded person, one who is right with God and not terrified by the reasoning of men, as he looks at the stars and exclaims, 'when I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man, that You are mindful of him?
"  It is said not in despair, but in adoring wonder." Oswald Chambers

Today we are facing a rising spiritual battle. The main struggle is between those who scorn the Biblical message (especially God's Creation) and those who love our Lord and would give their lives to serve Him. Between those opposing forces, there is little room for compromise.

      "Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires... they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..."  2 Timothy 4:2-5

      “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."  John 10:27-28


1. Dinesh D'Souza, Ben Stein Exposes Richard Dawkins," Townhall, April 21, 2008. http://townhall.com/columnists/dineshdsouza/2008/04/21/ben_stein_exposes_richard_dawkins/print

2. Brent Bozell, "Ben Stein Vs. Sputtering Atheists," April 18, 2008, founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2008/04/18/ben_stein_vs_sputtering_atheists/print

3. Oswald Chambers, The Oswald Chambers Daily Devotional Bible, "The Earth also is Yours," (Discovery House Publishers, Grand Rapids, MI. 1929) page 714.

Additional information:

"A lengthy preview of Expelled, where Ben Stein seeks an answer to why Intelligent Design is being suppressed in the Scientific, Political, and Educational communities ."

Ben Stein interviews a number of educated atheists to get their thoughts on Religion and Intelligent Design

Evolution versus God -- an amazing video by Ray Comfort. The "experts" were unable to answer his fact-based questions

Dawkins: "Richard Dawkins Talks Aliens and Gods[" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYb8gliZZEA ] (Notice the foundation of this thesis: imagination and positive thinking -- no genuine evidence of life and multiplication. It's all imagination http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYb8gliZZEA