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Chapter One

 

Once, a few hundred years ago, people trusted in the clergy. The clergy insisted that the sun revolved around the earth. Galileo (a believer in Jesus), provided proof that this was not true. Note that the Bible does not say the sun revolves around the earth—this was just a tradition of the authorities at that time. Galileo took issue with the leadership—he did not have an issue with Jesus or the Bible. But, the result was that people began losing trust in the Bible (the supernatural), and began to trust science instead (the natural).

Fast-forward to today—people are trusting in science more than ever. From the beginning, many Christians (including Galileo and many other scientists), searched for the truth, while others held to tradition. Ironically, science today has assumed the role of the clergy of old—trusting in tradition, over scientific proof. Science is speculating about the origins of the universe and the origins of life, just as the clergy of old speculated about the earth and sun. Science has actually chosen to ignore evidence which contradicts the conventional evolutionary hypothesis of origins of both the universe and life (just as the old church ignored evidence—holding to tradition). Therefore, people today, are once again trusting in man’s beliefs, and not the truth.

Any physics textbook, when referring to the origin of the universe, will state as Einstein did, that during that first short period of time after the “Big Bang,” the laws of physics were suspended (translation—it was supernatural—not natural). So also, with life. Even the Noble scientist in DNA research, Dr. Francis Crick, has stated that there is no “natural” way for DNA to have arisen—DNA is a four-bit binary code, and needs to be organized and programmed. His only explanation for life is that it must have come from outer space (again, leaning to some “natural” origin even though it remains “unknown”).

Today, people are not trusting in a solid foundation of rock (actual scientific proof), but upon the sand of opinion (hypothesis, speculation, and tradition). The Bible does give us actual proof of its supernatural origins. Great prophecies such as that of Daniel 9, Ezekiel 4, and others (verified by science and history with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date prior to Jesus and the restoral of Israel in 1948), give us conclusive proof of prophecies being fulfilled exactly—in many cases to the very day—over hundreds of years. The exact fulfillment of these prophecies proves the authenticity of God’s Word, whereas, science can only offer hypothesis and even ignores much of the scientific evidence.

Christians are in the place that Galileo was in, centuries ago. The authority in control (clergy then, and science today), are suppressing the truth. Fortunately, (for Galileo and for us), the Bible has always offered the truth for those interested. Galileo trusted it, and I trust it.

To quote Albert Einstein, “Science without religion is lame, and religion without science is blind.” We need both to see clearly.

we go through various interpretations of science and the Bible, one will note that one of the all-time greatest scientific and historical landmarks of humankind is totally absent from God’s Word. Furthermore, this absence must be deliberate on God’s part, because if writing the Bible were left to humans alone, we couldn’t help but focus on this landmark.

This landmark forms the foundation for much of science and history, including astronomy, mathematics, anthropology, etc. This landmark is one of the seven wonders of the world. This landmark dates back to when humans were just emerging from the Stone Age. And, yet, the Bible, which also traces its history back thousands and thousands of years, and makes hundreds of references to Egypt, both in the Old and New Testaments, never once mentions the Great Pyramids or the Sphinx.

Why?

Some scholars refer to the biblical passage in Isaiah 19:18-22 as an indication the pyramids were built by the early generations of Adam and Seth. However, this text fails as a biblical reference to the pyramids because it does not specify the altar as a pyramid structure and, more importantly, the context of the passages are in reference to the future end times.

Why should such a dominant part of human history and culture be totally left out of the Bible, when much of the Bible’s setting is in Egypt itself?

This anomaly will become crystal clear as one explores all the books in this series: The Flat Earth & Genesis, Revelation, Apostasy, End-Times, & “This Generation,” God’s Plan / Satan’s Plan, and The Book of                      ..Chronologies & Time Charts.

In the last one hundred years or so, the governmental educational establishment has made a conscious decision to approve of “conventional” science, and to dismiss the Bible and the evidence supporting it.

Those who dismiss the Bible accept the view or paradigm of conventional science. Scientists fall into one of two “paradigms,” meaning one of two various views of measuring time and age. One view, or paradigm, uses evidence to show a young age for the world. I will call this view Paradigm B. Another view, or paradigm, which is the dominant conventional view today, tries to weave only “acceptable” evidence into a theory of long time periods of evolution of the universe and life, while ignoring the evidence against long time periods. This I will call Paradigm A.

Very few people dig deep, research, and seek out answers from both the original biblical texts in Hebrew or Greek, and the total of scientific evidences from various disciplines.

The purpose of this series of books is to develop a deeper understanding of God’s Word, rather than just dismissing it, as is the trend today. To do this, one must look at science as well as the Bible, and, where the Bible is concerned, one must focus on both Genesis and Revelation, to see the relevance science has to the Bible.

The bottom line is that Jesus was resurrected from death, and then, over the next several weeks, Jesus appeared to hundreds of people, to prove He had overcome death and now lives (Acts 1:1-8, 1 Cor. 15:1-8). Evidence of this abounds (84, 90). People born after 1970 have no problem believing a man walked on the moon, even though there was only one eyewitness. There were hundreds who witnessed Christ alive after he had been executed. Furthermore, Jesus made frequent references to the Old Testament, and these references by Christ, who was able to overcome death, support the authority of the Old Testament.

Christ also showed us how things are created mature, created with age, therefore, showing us how our universe and life could also be created with evidence of age from the very beginning (John 2:3-11; Matt. 14:17-20).

Science is at a loss to explain God, and therefore, must theorize that the universe and life began from some mythical “spark,” even though science cannot explain where the “original material” codes came from that formed complex DNA, or the universe, for that matter.

One can deny the Bible all one wants, but evidence being gathered by scientists actually supports what the Bible says.

The Bible is completely understandable, without any scientific knowledge. Time and time again, the Bible makes reference to things like weather patterns, ocean currents, and wind currents, which weren’t scientifically proven until the time of Benjamin Franklin. The Bible referred to these, thousands of years ago (Eccl. 1:6; Job 36:27-28; Ps. 8:8). Until 1993, and the C.O.B.E. satellite mission, science couldn’t provide evidence of the universe being stretched, but the Bible told of this phenomenon thousands of years ago (Isa. 40:22, 42:5, 45:12, 51:13; Jer. 10:12). In 2 Peter 3:10, we read of elements melting away, and back then, people could not believe that the elements could ever be destroyed.

The Bible also made reference to the earth being a sphere (not flat), long before science could prove it, or anyone even believed it (Isa. 40:22).

Science knows that some unknown force (called “dark matter” or “dark energy”) holds all atoms and the entire universe together. The Bible gives the source for that force in Colossians 1:13-17—God.

Studies under way in 1996, and cited by David M Rohl, in a book titled: “Pharaohs and Kings,” indicate that the conventional Egyptian dating method may be off by 300 years (more or less), around the period of the twenty-first dynasty. This is giving new support to the authenticity of the Bible, all the way back to Genesis. It would appear that Egyptology had the science of chronology wrong all these years and the “new” chronology actually proves the Bible was correct all the time.

Conversely…… Science is not understandable without the Bible. Theories of age, evolution, geology, and catastrophic occurrences are not properly understood without the Bible as the reference point. Even today, there is no scientific theory for where the matter for the supposed “Big Bang” came from. It’s just somehow there. One will note that all scientific studies of age still are referred to as theories, and are not proven. Some theories are “preferred” over others, and these preferred theories receive funding for study.

One notable scientist shared a theory with other scientists, which closely follows the Bible’s description of destruction in Revelation. His name was Albert Einstein, and the theory is crustal displacement. This same theory is used to explain the existence of fossil forests frozen under (over a mile of ice in Antarctica), an ice layer which is still growing today, even though the northern ice cap is shrinking.

Albert Einstein’s premise is somewhat unconventional in the scientific community, as were many of his theories, and therefore, it hasn’t attracted much money for studies. Grant funding tends to go towards the more conventional areas of the Big Bang, or black holes, which are popular today. Theories such as Earth-Crust Displacement (detailed in the geology section), which Albert Einstein and others supported, are still not part of the “conventional” scientific approach. These “unconventional” theories fit with the biblical understanding of earth, life and age, but the “conventional” scientific community has not approved of any paradigm outside their own.

The “conventional” scientific paradigm, however, is slowly changing today. This is primarily due to recent discoveries of meteor and asteroid activity having occurred, not only in the distant past, when the universe was supposedly more active, but activity which has occurred recently in the earth’s history. This recent activity suggests to scientists today that the earth’s history is not just uniform (which was the conventional theory for decades), but that catastrophic events can occur even today, which can dramatically change the earth and life overnight. As of 2005, a small group of researchers at Stanford University began to re-examine this theory of Earth-Crust Displacement.

Theories of evolution of life are changing also, due to evidence that shows that all life forms appeared suddenly in the geologic fossil record. In December 1995, in an article entitled: “Evolution’s Big Bang,” in Time magazine, the problem science faces is clearly stated: “Understanding what made the Cambrian explosion possible doesn’t address the larger question of what made it happen so fast. Here, scientists delicately slide across data-thin ice, suggesting scenarios that are based on intuition rather than solid evidence.” In 2007, evolutionists reporting on Trilobites, recognized that most variability amongst the animals was actually in the past, at the beginning, during the Cambrian “explosion.” Evolution predicts that we should see more varieties as the millions of years progressed, and as the species developed, but actual evidence in the fossil record doesn’t support this. There are many times fewer varieties in existence today, than during the beginning, in the Cambrian. Life is actually devolving, not evolving.

So, the purpose in this series of books, is not to dismiss the evidence, but to try and relate the evidence to what the Bible describes in Genesis and Revelation. Of course, our understanding of Genesis and Revelation is also subject to “conventional” pressures to interpret them in an “approved” way.

One presumption is that the Bible says everything was created in seven days, and that places the age of the earth at 6,000-13,000 years. When one studies the original Hebrew, one soon discovers how we have oversimplified Genesis. Many of us have been raised under a paradigm of this seven-day creation. The seven-day creation is correct. But, is it the whole story? (141)

Another presumption is that science has proof of billions of years for the age of the universe and evolution. In fact, there are two schools of scientific thought on this question of age. Each of these scientific theories has many evidences to support them.

One school of thought requires billions of years, while the other school requires only thousands. The word “requires” is used because there seems to be no in-between. This is because these two paradigms are based on a belief either in billions of years (with mostly uniform slow growth and evolution of life), or, conversely, the biblical seven days. We either have long time periods for life’s evolution, or 6,000-13,000 years of generations found in the Bible. Two different, yet, “conventional” views.

Take your choice.

It is interesting that scientists tend to form on one side of the argument or the other. No in-between.

Most scientists, who accept the theory of billions of years for formation of the universe, also tend to accept the theory of evolution and slow change, requiring billions of years.

Other scientists point to evidence that shows that macro-evolution (a new kind of life – a new set of DNA codes forming from the old life form), could have never taken place, that the fossil record shows no evidence of macro-evolution. These scientists tend to look to evidence showing a very young earth and universe in the range of 6,000-15,000 years.

Of course, the generally accepted conventional theory is billions of years, even though science cannot prove it.

Today, science is arguing with science. This is clearly shown by the “dawn of civilization” conflict. One group of scientists argues that evidence shows that there must have been a high level of knowledge required to build the pyramids, the Sphinx, create the Aztec math and astronomical calendar, and many other unexplainable phenomena, while conventional science argues that early humans, barely out of the stone age, built them all.

When the world was supposedly just emerging from the Stone Age, it’s interesting to note that the Great Pyramid of Egypt had each of its sides constructed with a curvature inward, to signify the exact curvature of the earth. This is significant because, at this early date, most supposedly thought that the earth was flat.

The biblical community is put in a quandary. If one accepts science, “conventional” science, then one must dump the Bible. And, the media and educational establishment make almost no mention of other evidence, other paradigms.

Genesis (origins) is not the only book of the Bible that has a conventional view and a minority view.

Just as one can be deceived by science, concerning Genesis (origins), one can also be deceived by science about Revelation (end times). Science would have us ignore God’s prophecy (in Revelation), of Christ’s return, a final judgment, this world’s destruction and a new heaven and earth. Science sees the world as part of an evolving process up to this point, and it is now beginning to head to destruction, all according to natural processes, with no intervention by a God necessary. Conventional science sees the world ending gradually as the sun grows old, or by the universe either collapsing or expanding forever, or even, perhaps, human beings destroying everything themselves. Science denies any involvement by God in either the creation, or the end of the universe.

But recent scientific evidence is beginning to recognize that the earth and solar system can change suddenly. Scientifically, an end to life on earth, as we know it, could occur at any moment.

The truly sad result of these conventional paradigms is that they drown out any deeper understanding of the biblical message and other scientific evidences.

The point of having a clear understanding of creation and the end times is to avoid being deceived into thinking science has all the answers, when science itself is in debate. Too many are abandoning God’s Word, under a false assumption that science has proven the Bible wrong.

Is there any possibility of science and the Bible actually agreeing?

We will discover in these pages that there is plenty of evidence to support only thousands of years for the age of life. The billions of years theory is not proven. The same is true of fossil evidence. There is no fossil evidence of macro-evolution. Life could only be thousands of years old, even if the earth is older. So, these issues are really wide open. Of course, one would hardly know the issues are wide open, if one listens only to our educational and media sources. The scientific community, however, struggles with age, evolution, and the dawn of civilization arguments continually.

Conventional science, while holding firm to long time periods for the universe, is in disagreement over evolution and life. As the knowledge science accumulates keeps unfolding, it seems that macro-evolution (evolution from one life form to another), never occurred. Especially, as no fossil evidence has ever been found. There is no proof at all. The fossil record shows similarities between different kinds, but no transition from one kind to another. To this date, all proposed transitions have proven to be invalid to most scientists.

When science does speak of “proof” of evolution, it is micro– evolution, of the type where birds may produce a different size beak from one generation to the next, as they breed together. This is not the creation of a new kind evolving from other kinds. This micro– evolution is not in conflict with the Bible and life following its kind. A bird with a larger beak can still breed with a bird of the same kind that has a smaller beak, just as humans of any race can marry together; we humans are all one kind.

The same problem of conventional thought also exists in the study of the Bible. Paradigms prevail, including the seven-day creation and the pre-tribulation rapture.

The Bible itself provides us with the indications that, while the creation of Genesis1:3-2:3 is most likely a literal period of seven twenty-four hour days, there are also references to other periods of creation, with no mention of time limits (91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 141, 143). Also, as mentioned earlier, the word “rapture,” in reference to the end times, could apply to an event, either before or after all the tribulation and destruction (142, 144).

Today, there is almost no one who allows that perhaps the universe came into existence at some relatively distant point in time, and that life, as we know it, came into existence only within the last 15,000 years, or even less.

And, few could have conceived that destruction, of the type written of in Revelation, could ever occur scientifically, although, there is currently a new look being taken at catastrophic events in the earth’s recent geologic history.

So, what will it be?

The conventional view of the Bible, a book written thousands of years ago and largely skimmed over today? (A book, by the way, not easily understood and often doubted by many).

Or…..

The conventional view of the earth, with science promoting the theories of the Big Bang, some kind of life “spark,” evolution from fish to humans, and eventually, earth’s destruction? (Not provable theories, but nevertheless, accepted by many).

Or…..

Are science and the Bible reconcilable?

I think one will find we’ve failed in both areas of science and the Bible, trying too hard to prove a point over evolution one way or the other.

The conventional understanding of Genesis and Revelation is too simplistic and tends to try to ignore science, when science actually supports the Bible. If one ignores the Bible, because biblical scholars ignore science, there is a real possibility one will be deceived into worshiping science. And, if being deceived is a concern, then one needs to have a fuller understanding of God’s message and how it relates to science.

The conventional understanding of science and assumptions of evolution, long ages, and the denial of super intelligence existing during the past Stone Age period, don’t really match up with the evidence, either from a physical sciences perspective or from an evidences of civilization perspective. Bible scholars and scientists may be too busy defending their paradigms, and ignoring each other’s contributions, to truly understand God’s whole picture.

But…..

Throughout this series of books, we will examine the relationship of science to the Bible’s view of age, history, and our future, in the context of God’s plan of redemption and reconciliation.

I think one will find we’ve failed in both areas of science and the Bible, trying too hard to prove a point over evolution one way or the other.

Why is there no reference in the Bible to the pyramids and the Sphinx, when Egypt is referred to hundreds of times, both in the Old and New Testament.

 

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