The Choice that Confronted Adam

The Choice that Confronted Adam

The Choice that Confronted Adam

God planted a great number of trees in the garden of Eden, but “in the midst of the garden’’, that is, in a place of special prominence, He planted two trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Adam was created innocent; he had no knowledge of good and evil. Think of a grown man, say thirty years old, who has no sense of right or wrong, no power to differentiate between the two!

Would you not say such a man was undeveloped?

Well, that is exactly what Adam was. And God brings him into the garden and says to him, in effect, “Now the garden is full of trees, full of fruits, and of the fruit of every tree you may eat freely.

But in the very midst of the garden is one tree called ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’; you must not eat of that, for in the day that you do so you will surely die.

But remember, the name of the other tree close by is ‘life’.

What then is the meaning of these two trees? Adam was, so to speak, created morally neutral-neither sinful nor holy, but innocent-and God put those two trees there so that he might exercise free choice.

He could choose the tree of life, or he could choose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

Now the knowledge of good and evil, though forbidden to Adam, is not wrong in itself.

Without it, however, Adam is in a sense limited in that he cannot decide for himself on moral issues. Judgment of right and wrong resides not in him, but God.

Adam’s only course when faced with any question is to refer it to Jehovah God.

Thus, you have a life in the garden which is totally dependent on God.

 These two trees, then typify two-deep principles; they represent two plans of life, the Divine and the human. The Tree of Life Is God himself, for God is life.

He is the highest form of life, and he is also the source and goal of life. and the fruit; what is that? it is our Lord Jesus Christ.

You cannot eat the tree, but you can eat the fruits. no one is able to receive God as God, but we can receive the Lord Jesus Christ. The fruit is the edible part, the receivable part of the tree.

So, may I say it reverently?

The Lord Jesus Christ is really God in a receivable form. God is in Christ we can receive.

If Adam should take of the tree of life, he would partake of the life of God. Thus, he would become a son of God, in the sense of having in him a life that derived from God.

There you would have God’s life in Union with man; a race of men having the life of God in them and living in constant dependence upon God for that life.

But if instead Adam should turn the other way and take of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, then he would develop his own manhood along natural lines apart from God, as a self-sufficient being, he would possess in himself the power to form independent judgment, but he would have no life from God.

So, this was the alternative that lay before him, choosing the way of the spirit, the way of obedience oh, he would become a son of God, living independent upon God for his life.

Taking the natural course, he would put the finishing touch to himself, as it were by becoming a self-dependent being, judging and acting apart from God.

The history of humanity is the outcome of the choice he made.

I think this excerpt from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee is extraordinary in its clear explanation of the origins of mankind and its effect upon history.

We were designed by God for God and for His glory and yet mankind chose his own manhood along natural lines apart from God.

This is my great challenge as a Christian.

Every morning that I wake up I must choose the way of the Spirit, the way of obedience so that I can become a son of God, living in dependence upon God for my life.

My self-dependent living will not bring me eternal life and all of the wonderful things that go along with it in Christ. You can partake of the fruit from the “tree of life” by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

He loves you and gave up His life for you.


 

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Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

Why does God Allow Satan to Accuse Believers? Part 1

 

Revelation 12 verse 9 and 10 he is continually deceiving and seduces the entire world political systems false religions idol worship hedonism and verse 10 he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges of sinful Behavior against them before our God day and night.

Can you imagine a being who can come before Almighty God and tattletale and accuse and continually bring charges against the children of God?

Accuses and continually brings charges against the children of God?

It’s interesting to realize that there is no possible justification for Satan, no possibility of forgiveness, no future redemption or glorification. Only reminders of his loss.

He lost his Beauty, his glory that God gave him, his status he lost everything and here are the Poor Pitiful, tempted, tried, imperfect, tormented, conflicted, in mature little children of God who have no idea of how far they fall short all of the glory of God.

You could even say that we saw we fall short of his glory, even minute by minute and within ourselves and our own power we are no different than Satan in nature.

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We are rebellious, prideful, obstinate, stubborn, self-sufficient and self-glorifying.

Mankind under the best of circumstances could not even together save themselves out of this other Corruption of nature.

The very fact that we are deceived and blinded about our own condition is proof enough.

And so Satan goes before God and points the finger at me Dash if he were to go over the whole list of my failures, my hypocrisies the hardness of my heart, the lack of love for you oh God, the sum total of my failures of falling short of your glory ( your attributes, character, submitting to my rightful position as a created being, to be like an reflect Jesus Christ and his example he set for us as the Son of God ( what does God Almighty say to Satan?

What is His response to these accusations?

Check back in a few weeks for the answer.

 

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The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

The Wise and The Foolish Virgins

 

The foolish are those who had oil in their lamps but none in their vessels. By the foolish in the text, therefore, we may understand those who have the light of knowledge in their heads and the lamp of profession in their hands, but no oil of grace in their hearts.

They are foolish because they know neither God nor themselves, neither sin nor salvation, neither the depth of the fall nor the greatness of the remedy.

Foolish, as regards themselves, in thinking that light and knowledge will save them, without life and grace; And they are foolish as regards others, for want of an experimental acquaintance with the heart.

They know nothing, therefore of the temptations of a child of God; how he is beset on every hand; how Satan is ever thrusting at or enticing him; how his own heart is continually prompting him to evil, and how snares are in every direction laid at his feet.

The foolish know nothing of these trials, they are Pharisees, who make clean the outside of the cup and platter, who whitewash and adorn the sepulcher (tomb) without, while within it is full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

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David knew well, and every child of God knows well…

…that if he were allowed to slip if he were suffered to say or do anything unbecoming, these would be the very first to make him an open reproach.  

The foolish can and will make no allowances for the least slip of tongue or foot, for they are ignorant of the weakness of the flesh, the subtlety of Satan and the strength of sin, and the power of temptation.

Was he to stumble and fall, the foolish would be sure to point the finger of scorn at him?

Lord, of whatever temptations I may be called upon to endure, whatever snares of Satan or lusts of the flesh may be set my path behind in before, O keep me, keep me that I may not be the reproach of the foolish that they may have nothing to accuse You.

The story of the 10 virgins is found in Matthew 25


 

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Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God 

I first meet Alan Tai at my local RTB (Reasons to Believe) monthly group in Phoenix, Arizona, on our Zoom meeting a month ago.

Reasons to Believe is a progressive creationist group that promotes day-age forms of old-Earth creationism.

Alan Tai received his Ph.D. in physics, specializing in quantum well research, from Boston College, and a graduate certificate of completion in biblical foundations from Grand Canyon University.

Alan has worked at various medical ultrasound technology companies, including Philips as an engineer and GE, and recently joined our local RTB science group. 

He has been a welcome addition to our local organization, which is an offshoot of the larger Reasons to Believe group, headed by Hugh Ross, an astrophysicist, creationist and Christian Apologist in Covina, California.

Alan and I connected after or meeting about upgrading his website (I am a website designer and graphic artist by trade). I soon found out he recently wrote a book about God coming from a scientist’s point of view.

I write blogs for many different businesses and groups, so I decided to do a book report on it for my Christian Apologetic website that I share with a couple of other authors.

Sorry, I could not help myself but to harken back to my school days and call it a book report, but it is really a book review that I, and our local group, find very interesting.

We like to dig deep into finding God, what makes him tick, and how He has designed this universe the way He did.

He is an Intelligent Designer to the very highest degree and is behind everything with meticulous planning from the very smallest to the largest with precise detail.

I think it’s a form of worship to research God this way.

I found out Alan was born and raised in Hong Kong where he experienced and learned many different cultures and beliefs as he was growing up.

Alan says he is a “scientist and not a politician” and tries to stay away from political topics, which I find refreshing considering our political climate today.

The book itself is not very big and to tackle the subjects that he did, he had to be somewhat brief while at the same time writing it into layman’s terms so someone like me, not in the field of science could understand.

 

A Physicist’s Perspective on God

The book’s subtitle is “Roadmaps to Wisdom Through Science and Life” is very interesting, to say the least.

He broke down different sections of the book to easily find topics for reference. The table of contents attracted me to where I wanted to go first. I did go back and read the rest of the book, by the way.

I did comments on some of the chapters but left some open because the titles were somewhat explanatory and you need to read for yourself. 

 

Part One: ‘Introduction’  

1.) ‘My background to Realize the Wisdom in Science’

This is Alan’s way of explaining who he is and why he should be listened to as a scientist.

2.) ‘My Path to the purpose the Wisdom in Science and Life’

3.) Communication through the Scientist and their Lives’

I enjoyed these three chapters because I felt I had a chance to meet Alan and a unique view on how scientists grow up and what he has gone through in his life.

 

Part Two: ‘The Wisdom Communicating Through Invisible Qualities’

4.) ’Unseen Things’

5.) ’Law of Physics’

 Interesting take on how a scientist can look at the same data and come away with different points of view of the results especially on how it relates to God. This is also how most humans think and absorb information.

6.) ’Universal Order’

I like how he used diagrams to explain things. I am a visual learner, so this helps someone like me.

 

Part Three: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Eternal Power’

7.) In the Beginning. 

Interesting Alan started this out as the Bible.

a.) There was a beginning in time in the universe.

b.) God existed as He was before the beginning of time.

c.) God has the power to create material things.

d.) Before the beginning of time, there were no material things (nothing) apart from God.

e.) The earth existed at the first in chaos.

f.) The Spirit of God was preparing to bring order.

g.) When God said there should be light in a certain time and space, light shone.

8.) ’The Vastness of the Universe’

Alan explained it this way “Reducing the scale of our entire solar system to the size of a quarter gives us perspective about the size of the Milky Way with respect to our solar system. On this scale, the overall size of our Milky Way galaxy would be close to the size of the United States!” 

How does one wrap his head around that?? 

He also gave more models to give understanding, but I had to stop and contemplate what he was saying in each instance. 

 

Book Review: A Physicist’s Perspective on God

A size meme I designed to give the illustration of the quarter (our solar system) and the United States (Milky Way).

9.) ‘The Uniqueness of the Earth and Humans’

Alan goes into great detail on how our planet earth is unique in the cosmos and how we, as humans, are even more so.  

 

Part Four: ‘The Wisdom Communicated Through Divine Nature’

10.) ‘Love and Light’

He explains this way at the beginning of the chapter, ‘The general revelation of nature shows us the power of the creator.’

11.) ‘Spirit and Wisdom’

God is not limited by physical space and time.

 

Part 5: The Wisdom Communicated Through Special Revelation’

12.) ‘The Bible’

Alan said the turning point for him in appreciating the Bible came after he encountered Jesus through the four gospels in the New Testament and opening his spiritual eyes.

13.) ‘Jesus Christ’.

God’s salvation plan centers around His son, Jesus Christ.

 

Part 6: ‘Conclusion’

14.) ‘The Combined Roadmap’

15.) Triune God and You’

 

I found Alan’s book informative especially for individuals that did not have much of a science background. He explained things very well in layman’s language so anyone can understand. 

It’s not a large book, but I do not think he meant it to be. It was enough to whet your appetite to find out more about each subject.

If you were an atheist, the book would give you things to think about and if you were a believer in evolution, it would also give you a different point a view from a scientist that believes in God.


 

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His website is here Science and Life

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Can Good Come from Evil?

Can Good Come from Evil?

Can Good Come from Evil?

 

I am sure this is a question that will tie many people in knots both for Christians and non-believers.

It has also been around since the beginning since humans have walked this earth and could think and analyze questions in a deeply meaningful way. 

Life on our planet is very hard for many individuals and at times seems like evil has had free reign at times. 

I know I am stepping into the realm of God, but I think that it is OK because I am not shaking my fist at Him and being accusatory and blaming Him for many hardships in life but one of sincere interest and wanting to find out how God ticks.

I remember what Dr. William Lane Craig once said about our existence here on earth “Is this the best possible of all worlds?”

Given the freewill additive in the mix, how would you answer this?

Remember this is not a question of good and bad but one that is essentially asking “Can good come out of evil?”

Is this the best possible of all worlds?”

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To atheistic evolutionists, the question,“did man spring from low life forms”, is a nonstarter. They would argue that there is no evil or good and bad but just “is”

To them, nothing can be wrong because they have a mindset of “survival of the fittest” but, as Christians, we come from a place of ultimate authority and view the universe from an intelligent designer perspective and not one that evolved by happy accidents throughout the millennium. 

Being an atheist for the first part of my adult life, I understand the atheist mind, because I was one. 

Yes, I had ulterior motives in those days because of the childhood I suffered through, but I believe it made me intellectually smarter because I had to tear down a preconceived bias that I held dear to my existence.

How could there be a God, with all this crap going on in the world?

I was not willing to flip the question and look at the positive aspects of this question because all I could see was the bad in the question “Is There Good in Evil?”

If there is a God, how could He allow evil in the first place much less, bad?

From our limited perspective, we ask these questions, without hesitation, because of our arrogance and human understanding.

What Are the Benefits of Being Grateful?

Are we qualified to make that judgment?

We are know-it-alls from our birth until we die. Maybe that is why the bible says we are in a state of rebellion from the get-go.

Our sinful state is something to be overcome. 

Freewill does have its limitations and distractions.

God knew from the beginning, we would be this way but yet, He still puts up with us.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28.

In times of chaos and strife, we have to hold onto God’s word and His promises.

We have to know that there is nothing that He cannot do when He has a mind to do something.  

As humans, we do not have the power on our own to overcome our sinful state but with God in control, we can.That takes the burden off my shoulders and gives me hope to start again and again and again…

 

R.C.Sproul at Ligonier Ministries, had an interesting take “How Can God Bring Good Out of Evil?”

 

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Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Many scientists say evolution is a done deal. Is it really? To this day, scientists have not been able to produce life coming from non-life, even in the most perfect conditions in laboratories the world over.

It’s not for lack of trying.

Many scientists are obsessed with proving evolution actually happened, and have worked on making life come from non-life in their own laboratories.

If they have not been able to reproduce the catalyst or mechanism for life springing from a non-living entity, how can they say that evolution is even remotely possible?

After decades of trying to reproduce life in these perfect conditions, many of these scientists have come to believe life is very complex to the extreme.

Darwin believed life sprang from the primordial soup in a basic non complex form. He had no idea how that would happen because it was way beyond his pay grade of understanding in 1840.

He just believed scientists would figure it out in future generations.

After 150 years they have not.

Not Even Close

There is absolutely no living organism on this planet today that is not complex even right down to living cells.

From the very smallest forms of life to the largest, the complexities are amazing.

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Every year biological scientists gather in a central location in Europe, and review the new discoveries in the field.

Evolution is always on top of the list, and the big question that is asked every year, “has anyone of their colleagues” come up with the solution to reproducing life coming from non-life in their labs.

It would be a real feather in the cap of any scientists who would discover how this happened. They would be revered among all their colleagues for years to come.

Evolution, is many scientist’s Holy Grail or even their god.

Evolutionary biologists believe that evolution is a done deal, and have fooled the general public that it is, but truth be told, there is nothing done about it.

It’s actually quite undone.

Many average people put these great researchers and so-called great thinkers on such a high pedestal and believe everything they say because they do not have even have the basic understanding of the problems these scientists are facing.

Those who believe that natural selection explains the development of new totally different species speak in generalities about evolution and claim that any changes developed over millions of years.

Do the fossils speak to this?

That’s where much disagreement has sprung. How to interpret fossils is far from conclusive. There is something called the Cambrian explosion, an event that happened 541 million years ago, when practically all major animal phyla started appearing in the fossil record.

In other words, animal groups and their great diversity showed up out of nowhere in the fossil record. There were no transitional fossils going from basic life forms, to more advanced ones. Thousands of animal groups just appeared in the fossils.

A broken record to be sure!

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Astronomers and Evolutionary Biologists talk about the conditions in the universe to produce life. With the billions and billions of galaxies in our visible universe surely life must be on some of those.

You constantly hear in the news how it is possible that we have life on other planets in our own solar system like Mars, Venus and some of the moons of the gas giant planets.

All of it is just conjecture and unproven.

In a field that prides itself on reproducible experiments, they have none!

If you are a fellow scientist and bring up the problems with the evolutionary paradigm, you will be attacked by other scientists.

If you are a teacher in high school or college and bring up the problems, they will seek to have you fired.

What is amazing to me, is that many Christians believe in evolution.

Why? Do they not understand or believe what the bible says about who created all life, especially humans? Why do they allow the secular world to dictate what they should believe in, even if it is wrong and unscientific.

I wrote a blog that you should read “Evolution and an Age of Confused Children”

There are many objections by scientists who work in the fields of Microbiology, Biophysics, Bacteriology, Biochemistry, Quantum Chemistry and the study of DNA. They are ringing the alarm that evolution has many problems and they are voicing their concerns. 

I found a website called “Dissent from Darwinism” that lists over 1,000 scientists worldwide who have come together to voice their objections. I was shocked at how many there were and the diverse scientific fields they came from.

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, has written a book that has taken the science world by storm called “Darwin’s Doubt”. A scientist himself, he points out from a scientific standpoint why there are many problems with this theory. It is a hard book to understand, in that he goes into detail on many aspects of how life works and functions. You can find Dr. Meyer’s on his Website.

My advice to you, as a Christian, is do some research of your own on where man came from for the sake of yourself, your family, and friends and try to think deeply on the question of all questions, that has haunted mankind since the beginning.

“Where did we come from?”

Can you answer that with confidence as if your life depended on it?

 

Life from Non-life. Is it Possible?

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