Archive for July 24th, 2019

A Quick look into Church History About the History of the Earth

There is a danger in saying “because it was always done this way, so why change?” However, it is more valid when based on the idea of Occam’s Razor: (to paraphrase) the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.
The plainest, least convoluted way to understand the Scriptures is that God created the Earth several thousand years ago. Jumping through theological, philosophical, grammatical, and logical hoops to make scientific theory fit ultimately leads to the truth that many do in fact come to: One of them must be wrong.
Seeing as one keeps changing regularly (such as the age of the Universe recently being up for grabs again, by as much as 2 BILLION years on the lower end), maybe it is not the safest bet to follow.
Thanks to our Orange friend for compiling these thoughts.

Daniel

A Bit of Orange

The following is from a conversation I had with a Catholic friend I like and admire: 

You made a passing comment about the lack of uniform belief in a literal week about 6,000 years ago through church history, and of course I cannot deny this. But then, no church had a doctrine of transubstantiation for the first thousand years of church history, and most today still do not.

One must build a case for what the Bible does and does not teach by the Bible, not by popular vote.

As AiG answers this better than I could, I shall just do a little cut and paste action here to explain why this is not an argument against my position, but rather, the history behind this question is a case against the OEC position.

From AiG:

Is Genesis non-committal on the age of the earth, as Sproul and many other scholars…

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We can know the words of the Old Testament Part 3

The Domain for Truth

We can know the words of the Old Testament Part 3

Review: Last two lessons we saw a total of nine reasons why we can know the original words of the Old Testament

  • Reason #1: God’s Word says the Word of God will endure forever
  • Reason #2: The Old Testament was written down.
  • Reason #3: Temple officials were intentional in checking the manuscripts
  • Reason #4: Masora Finalis
  • Reason #5: Jesus affirms the words of the Scriptures will endure
  • Reason #6: Masora Parva
  • Reason #7: Dead Sea Scroll
  • Reason #8: Oldest Hebrew Witness
  • Reason #9: Other language translations

Purpose: In this session we shall consider more reasons why we can believe why we can know the actual words of the Old Testament so that we will have faith in God’s Word being God’s Word.

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Yep

VerseD: Isaiah 54:17

“no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17, ESV

As Christians, we have the truth. No argument can defeat God’s truth.

And even if people try to hurt or kill us, we still have eternal life waiting for us in Christ.