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17. What about Creation, Flood, and Language Division Legends?

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Chapter 17

What about Creation, Flood, and Language Division Legends?

Troy Lacey (with Bodie Hodge)

Introduction

Nearly every culture around the world has a creation legend and just as many have worldwide flood legends, and, believe it or not, there are even many language division legends around the world in different and diverse cultures.

In todays highly secularized culture, there are attacks on the Bible using these legends. Those who do not trust what the Bible plainly says often speculate that the Bibles discussion about creation, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel are just more legends and determine that the Bible cannot be trusted. What these attackers fail to realize is that these legends are a great confirmation of the Bible and that the Bible retains the true account recorded by God in His Word. From an historical perspective, this makes perfect sense and is consistent with a biblical worldview, but it is hard to explain all these legends from a secular evolutionary worldview people supposedly evolved and slowly filled the earth with a gradual changing of languages and no global Flood. Why then should we find so many common threads in so many accounts from all over the world? The evolutionary explanation fails to provide a reason for commonality, whereas the biblical one does.

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29. What about Design Arguments Like “Irreducible Complexity”?

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Chapter 29

What about Design Arguments Like Irreducible Complexity?

Dr. Stuart Burgess

What Is the Design Argument?

The design argument says that design reveals a designer and the attributes of the designer. In the same way that the intricate design of an aircraft shows the skill and care of a human designer, so the intricate design of creation shows the skill and care of the divine Designer.

There are many verses in the Bible that contain the design argument. The most famous verse is Romans 1:20 which says, 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. This verse teaches that Gods handiwork in creation is clear for everyone to see and no one has an excuse not to believe in a Creator.

Another example of the design argument can be found in Hebrews 3:4 where we read, For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. In the same way that a house requires intricate design to make it suitable for humans to live in, so the earth requires intricate design to make it fit for human habitation. In fact, Isaiah 45:18 says that God deliberately designed the earth to be inhabited.

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20. Did Jesus Say He Created in Six Literal Days?

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Did Jesus Say He Created in Six Literal Days?

Ken Ham

A very important question we must ask is, What was Jesus view of the days of creation? Did He say that He created in six literal days?

When confronted with such a question, most Christians would automatically go to the New Testament to read the recorded words of Jesus to see if such a statement occurs.

Now, when we search the New Testament Scriptures, we certainly find many interesting statements Jesus made that relate to this issue. Mark 10:6 says, But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. From this passage, we see that Jesus clearly taught that the creation was young, for Adam and Eve existed from the beginning, not billions of years after the universe and earth came into existence. Jesus made a similar statement in Mark 13:19 indicating that mans sufferings started very near the beginning of creation. The parallel phrases of from the foundation of the world and from the blood of Abel in Luke 11:5051 also indicate that Jesus placed Abel very close to the beginning of creation, not billions of years after the beginning. His Jewish listeners would have assumed this meaning in Jesus words, for the first-century Jewish historian Josephus indicates that the Jews of his day believed that both the first day of creation and Adams creation were about 5,000 years before Christ.[1]

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22. Did Life Come from Outer Space?

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Did Life Come from Outer Space?

Dr. Georgia Purdom

The simple answer is NO! The Bible states that God created all living things on earth by His spoken word on days 3, 5, and 6 of the creation week. However, the concept that life originated in outer space and was then transferred to earth is popular in today’s society. Some believe that bacteria (considered "primitive" life) or organic molecules necessary for life came from other planets, meteors, or comets. Some even suggest that intelligent extraterrestrial aliens sent life to earth. Many people are eager to believe in any ideas concerning the origin of life as long as they exclude the Creator God and the truth of His Word.

Why Life from Outer Space?

Why do scientists want to push the origin of life into outer space rather than believe that life originated on earth? The answer: complexity and time.

Complexity

Life on earth is very complex. Bacteria are considered to be the simplest life form. However, several examples from the bacterial world make it clear that the word "simple" is a relative term. Some of the "simplest" are endosymbionts — organisms that live entirely within other organisms. Candidatus Carsonella rudii, a bacterium that lives within the cells of the psyllid insect Pachypsylla venusta, is considered to have the smallest genome of any endosymbiotic bacteria.[1] It has 159,662 base pairs (DNA), which encode approximately 182 genes. The genes encode proteins for amino acid (components of protein) biosynthesis, which the host insect cannot get from its diet. The host insect provides necessary proteins that are not encoded by the bacterial genome.

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7. Cavemen . . . Really?

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Chapter 7

Cavemen . . . Really?

Dr. David Menton, Dr. Georgia Purdom, and John Upchurch

As far as stereotypes go, cavemen make easy targets especially when transplanted into the 21st century. Their brutish way of dealing with contemporary situations earns a laugh on commercials and TV shows. They just dont understand us modern humans, and their misunderstanding strikes humor gold.

But when we cut away the laugh track and the bumbling ways, were left with something of an enigmatic figure a being without a settled place in our understanding of history. Perhaps, in fact, its our discomfort with not knowing what to do with cavemen that makes us laugh. So just who were they?

Would the Real Caveman Please Stand Up?

Before we go spelunking, we need to limit our scope somewhat. At its most basic, the term caveman simply means a person who dwells in a cave, which isnt unheard of even today. But thats rarely what we mean when we use the word. Instead, were usually talking about a group of ancient cave hoppers who left behind animal artwork, rough-hewn weapons, and bones at least, thats the common assumption. While the collective opinion of history and science has moved beyond considering these early humans as animal-like brutes, the term still carries with it the baggage of a being somewhat lesser than modern Homo sapiens (us today). And thats unfortunate as well see.

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