Daily Archives: July 10, 2014

Questions about Creation: What Is the Definition of Darwinism?

 

In 1860 Thomas Henry Huxley introduced the term Darwinism in relation to Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species, published the year before. Darwin’s book presented natural selection as the means of biological evolution, as seen in the full title, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Darwinism, then, is correctly understood as the body of theory dealing with biological evolution in general and evolution by natural selection in particular.

In 1864 the philosopher Herbert Spencer summed up Darwinism with the phrase “survival of the fittest.” Darwin approved of this summation as an accurate and convenient expression of his basic theory. The concept of survival of the fittest was challenged by Henry Drummond of the Scottish Free Church, who pointed out that even in the animal world survival is not simply a matter of stealth and strength. Care and compassion also play an important role.

Charles Darwin published a second book on evolution in 1871, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. In it he theorized that nature itself determined the development and progress of all living things. The implication was that any man-centered or God-centered view of the world is merely wishful thinking.

Darwinism has been applied to areas other than biology. “Social Darwinism,” for example, is the application of the Darwinian principle of struggle to the struggle for dominance within society; from this emerged the “science” of eugenics. By the end of the 1950s, the term Darwinism had been updated to incorporate natural selection with population genetics and Mendelian genetics. Historians often use the term Darwinism to differentiate Darwin’s theory from other evolutionary theories that existed around the same time.

The modern scientific community uses the term Darwinism to distinguish Darwin’s original theories from modern evolutionary theories (sometimes called “neo-Darwinism”). Scientists today do not rely solely on Darwin’s original ideas with regard to modern biology.

Some creationists misuse the term Darwinism by applying it to atheistic evolution in general. Technically, Darwinism has no connection with cosmic evolution, the Big Bang theory, or the origin of life, per se. Biological Darwinism does not deal with how life started, only with how life progressed and diversified.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Questions about the Holy Spirit: What Is the Spiritual Gift of Healing?

 

The spiritual gift of healing is the supernatural manifestation of the Spirit of God that miraculously brings healing and deliverance from disease and/or infirmity. It is the power of God that destroys the work of sin and/or the devil in the human body, such as the healings that Jesus and the disciples performed (Matthew 4:24, 15:30; Acts 5:15–16, 28:8–9). The gift of healing given to the church is primarily noted in 1 Corinthians 12, where the spiritual gifts are listed.

Spiritual gifts are powers, skills, abilities, or knowledge given by God through the Holy Spirit to Christians. Paul tells the church that the purpose of gifts to edify other believers, and ultimately, to glorify God. God gives these gifts for His use, but in the Corinthian church, they were apparently a type of status symbol or being used to indicate superiority. Interestingly, 1 Corinthians 12:9 refers to “gifts” of healing in the plural, which may indicate that there are different gifts of healing. The gifts of healing could mean a very wide range of skills or abilities. This could be from the power to do miraculous or dramatic healing, like making the lame walk, or the use or understanding of medicine. It could even be the ability to empathize and show love to others to the point of removing or healing an emotional wound.

There has been much debate about the usage of the spiritual gift of healing among Christians. Some believe the gift of healing and some other sign gifts are no longer operative today, while others believe the miraculous gifts are still in operation today. The power to heal was never in the gifted person himself/herself. The power to heal is from God and God alone. Although God does still heal today, His healing through the gift of healing belonged primarily to the apostles of the first century church to affirm that their message was from God (Acts 2:22; 14:3).

God still performs miracles. God still heals people. There is nothing preventing God from healing one person through the ministry of another person. However, the miraculous gift of healing, as a spiritual gift, does not seem to be functioning today. God can certainly choose to intervene in whatever manner He sees fit, whether “normal” or miracle. Our salvation itself is miracle. We were dead in sin, but God entered our lives and made us new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17). That is the greatest healing of all.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

Miscellaneous Bible Questions: Who Is S. Michael Houdmann?

 

S. Michael Houdmann is the Founder, President, and CEO of Got Questions Ministries, the parent ministry for GotQuestions.org. We rarely receive questions about S. Michael Houdmann, and that is a good thing. He does not want GotQuestions.org to be about him. He does not want people to accept or reject the answers given at GotQuestions.org because of name recognition. Rather, his hope is that people will accept or reject GotQuestions.org answers because they have read them, compared them with the Word of God, and prayed about them—and determined them to be true and biblical.

The following are the questions S. Michael Houdmann is most frequently asked.

What gave you the idea to start GotQuestions.org?

Ultimately, it was God’s idea. I had graduated from Bible College and Seminary and did not feel a clear calling from God into any of the traditional forms of ministry. So, my wife and I began praying, asking to give me a ministry that was a unique fit for me. We can’t remember whether God first gave the idea to me or my wife, but we felt the Lord leading us to create a Christian website where people could come and ask any question they have about the Bible. That was the beginning of GotQuestions.org.

When did you start GotQuestions.org?

God first gave us the idea in December of 2001. We tried a few other options before finally deciding to purchase the GotQuestions.org domain name in February of 2002.

What were things like in the beginning?

I would describe the beginning as “in way over our heads.” In the very beginning, I had no idea GotQuestions.org would ever be anything more than a hobby. I thought it would be something I did in addition to whatever other full-time ministry God called me to. God obviously had much bigger plans in mind for GotQuestions.org than I did.

What do you like best about being the CEO of GotQuestions.org?

I thank God every day that I get to serve Him doing something I absolutely love and enjoy. If I were to write a job description of my dream ministry, it would describe precisely what I am doing, except for perhaps less administrative work. I have always loved technology. I have always been able to express myself better in writing than in speaking. So, a ministry that allows me to write, edit, develop, research, and publish content is a perfect fit for me.

What do you like least about being the CEO of GotQuestions.org?

The Haters. There are some incredibly rude and demeaning people out there who will say nasty and hateful things about us. As much as I know such things are to be expected (Matthew 10:22; John 15:18), it still hurts sometimes. Whenever I am having a particularly tough day, a visit to our testimonials page always lifts my spirits—http://www.gotquestions.org/testimonials.html.

How did you come to faith in Christ?

I came to faith in Christ in my late teens. An uncle who was a pastor came and visited our family for a week or so. While he was staying with us, he shared the Gospel with me and patiently answered all of the questions I asked him. While I am not 100% certain I came to faith in Christ at that time, he definitely planted seeds in my life. Several months later, after I had begun attending the youth group of a nearby church, the youth pastor clearly explained the Gospel. That night, I got down on my knees and received Jesus Christ as my Savior, by grace alone, through faith alone. From that moment I knew I had definitely received Jesus Christ as my Savior.

What is your education?

I received a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Calvary Bible College and a Masters of Arts in Christian Theology from Calvary Theological Seminary. During college and seminary, I did not feel a clear calling from God into any of the traditional forms of ministry. So, the degree programs I chose were somewhat general. Looking back, they were the perfect programs to prepare me for answering questions at GotQuestions.org. They provided me with a strong foundation in understanding the Bible and Christian theology, and in knowing how to teach it to others.

Is the GotQuestions.org logo, the head-scratch guy, you?

No, it is not, But I get asked this question often enough that, on the next redesign of the site, we might just use the back of my head instead.

How can we pray for you?

What a great question! Thank you! Please pray that I would always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Pray that God would always give me the wisdom and discernment I need. Pray that I would be a good steward of the ministry He has entrusted to me. Pray that I would remain humble and would always give God the glory for what He accomplishes through GotQuestions.org.[1]

 

 

[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

OF INTEREST: Independent Thoughts from around the Internet July 9, 2014

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INDEPENDENT THOUGHTS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET: Make that "our corner of the Internet"INDEPENDENT THOUGHTS FROM AROUND THE INTERNET: Make that “our corner of the Internet”

A WEDNESDAY ROUND-UP

From the Websites we find of interest (for whatever reason).

Links are given as is, without endorsement, sometimes with comment; sometimes not. Independent thought is usually rewarded, though not always.


July 9, 2014

Your Eternal Destination is not in Heaven

The Foreknowledge of God part 1 – Since this subject has been discussed lately in these parts, this series is eagerly looked forward to.

And here is where we get into the weeds. Here is when some of the more in-your-face holders of the Calvinist doctrine will come out of the woodwork and call me a heretic, one who is irredeemably reprobate, and one whose doctrine is evermore erroneous to the utmost.

Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms Rip Through Northeast: At Least 4 Killed, Thousands Without Power

Should the Book of Tobit be included in the…

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What Kind of Church to the “Nones” Are You? – Church & Culture Blog

Much attention has been given to the rise of the nones and rightly so. They are currently the single fastest-growing religious group of our time and currently represent 20% of the population. This person needs someone or something to facilitate the process of moving him or her toward being able to even consider the life and message of Christ. The following types of environments are among those that a church can present.

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Five Things Christians Need To Know About The Israel-Gaza Conflict

A dramatic escalation in Hamas rocket fire in recent days has forced Israel to take military action against terrorists in Gaza. Gaza terrorists have launched more than 450 rockets at Israel capable of reaching deep into the country since the beginning of 2014. The attacks have sent thousands running into bomb shelters, threatening 3.5 million Israeli lives. Tuesday morning Israel launched what it calls “Operation Protective Edge.” Government officials say the aim is to secure an end to weeks of Hamas rocket fire. Understanding the motives behind the violence can be confusing without proper knowledge of the root causes contributing to the aggression as well as the religious issues, which shape life in the Middle East. Here are 5 Things Christians Need to Know about the Israel-Gaza Conflict:……… Click here for full story

Now Sharing Your Faith Is “Bullying” – Christian Employee Banned From Talking About Faith At Work

A Christian National Health Services occupational therapist has been disciplined and banned from talking about her faith at work following a nine-month suspension for ‘bullying’ a Muslim colleague. Despite the disciplinary’s verdict, Wasteney maintains that she was always respectful to her co-worker and only ever spoke about her faith after receiving encouragement to do so. “I fear I may have been entrapped by a colleague who encouraged me to discuss my faith, who willingly agreed that I could pray for her and who even accepted an invitation to a church charity event,” she says……… Click here for full story

Celebrating Sin – United Church Of Christ To Sponsor Gay Games

In yet another shocking move of ‘firsts’ the United Church of Christ (UCC) has taken the initiative to financially support the upcoming Olympic-style ‘Gay Games 9’ due to be held in the UCC’s national headquarters in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio from 9th to 16th August 2014. This makes the UCC first mainline denomination to provide major financial support to a gay event. As a denomination purportedly representing Christendom, the UCC has also pioneered the affirmation of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples and the first ordination of an openly gay man………. Click here for full story

Pastors not welcome at immigration camps

Pastors and churches have been banned from helping the thousands of illegal immigrant children housed in border detention facilities run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, clergy in Texas and Arizona tell me.

“Border Patrol told us pastors and churches are not allowed to visit,” said Kyle Coffin, the pastor of CrossRoads Church in Tucson, Arizona. “It’s pretty heartbreaking that they don’t let anybody in there — even credentialed pastors.”

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My People, My People

I write articles because there is a need out there to do so to wake-up my black Americans or so-called Afro-Americans. And of course for other folks that want to hear and know the truth. The reason why I concentrate on black Americans is because, one, I’m a black American and two, I’m concerned on why my people (around 80% or more) think that Obama is doing a great job (not to mention that many think that God sent him).

I’m thankful for Jesus giving me the eyes to see, and the ears to hear as to what is coming down the pike. I’m glad that Jesus woke-me-up in time, and that He is allowing me to share what I’m witnessing.

I’m a lone wolf in my family. Most of my family believes that Obama and the pope are great men and that I’m dead wrong in what I see. One family member said if I continue to talk the truth (they of course said “evil”) about Obama, I must leave his home.

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Christian bookstores are the next gay-marriage battleground

If you think all Christian publishers reflexively oppose same-sex marriage, you are very, very wrong

Many of the largest Christian publishers are coming out with books supporting same-sex relationships. More are on the way. These books have spurred praise from pro-gay Christians and strong resistance from the movement’s right flank. All of this indicates that Christian publishing may be the next battleground in America’s explosive debates about gay marriage.

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End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 10, 2014

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End Times Prophecy Report Headlines: Bible prophecy in Today's headlines. Bible prophecy in Today’s headlines.

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HEADLINES
July 10, 2014

CommentaryAnd OPINION

We resume our regular schedule on Friday!

===INTERNATIONAL

INDIA: Almost Entire Indian Village Of Men Train To Become Bouncers At Nightclubs

GERMANY: Germany tells CIA station chief to leave

IRAQ: ISIS takes sledgehammers to tomb of Jonah – An article meant to stir anger in those who culturally identify as “Christian.”

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudis urge Iraqi tribes to reject ISIS

ISRAEL: Netanyahu vows military actions in Gaza to “intensify”

FRANCE: Islamist Plot foiled to blow up Eiffel Tower?

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REPORT: Pentagon planned Robot marines in outer space

Part Of U.S. Capitol Shut Down For ‘Industrial Spill’

NYT: Chelsea Clinton gets $75K per speech – Clinton is part of the ruling elite.  $75K sounds about right.

13 Ways The NSA Spies On Us

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What happens when I die?

At least 6 killed in Houston-area shooting

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Expert: Mideasterners pay $50,000 to sneak into U.S.

A filmmaker with extensive knowledge of the current border crisis says this chaos is exactly what President Obama wants and planned for, and he says the current media fixation on abandoned children means criminals, drug smugglers and terrorists are coming to the United States without even being noticed.

Dennis Michael Lynch directed and produced “They Come to America” and “They Come to America II” and has extensive, daily contact with U.S. Border Patrol agents about the true state of the U.S.-Mexico border. He said there are essentially four groups of people pouring across the border: families of various sizes, unaccompanied minors, drug smugglers and career criminals and terrorists. Lynch said while the media focus on the kids, really bad people are easily slipping into the country.

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Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer

Possessing the Treasure

By Mike Ratliff

11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:11-15 ESV)

At least once every few weeks I encounter a “brother” or “sister” in the Lord whose “ministry” seems to be to generate as much hatred as possible within the visible Church for some other Christian or…

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