January 14

HISTORY

Jesus Christ is not a mythological character.  Evidence of His existence can be verified by many sources.

First, there is the testimony of the New Testament documents.  All 27 New Testament books were completed within 60 years of Christ's resurrection.  Ten of these books were written by Christ's personal friends.  At least thirteen were written by Paul, an eyewitness of Christ's life.

Second, the Jewish Babylonian Talmud and the writings of the famous Jewish historian Josephus bear witness to the historical presence of Christ.  Their testimony to Christ's existence is all the more valuable, because the Jews not only rejected Christ, but were extremely hostile toward Him.  Many of these writings contain lies and distortions, but the very fact He merits attention supports His historical existence.

Third, ancient nonreligious historical writings also bear record of Christ.  For example, Pliny, the governor of Bithynia (around 112 A.D.); the Roman historian Tacitus (115 A.D.); and the popular Roman writer Seutonius (about 120 A.D.) all acknowledged the existence of Christ.

A Study Course in Christian Evidences,  p.140-141

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem... Matthew 2:1

January 24

HISTORY

Starting in the early 1800's, geologists have chosen to interpret fossils and sediments based on a presupposition of slow accumulation, or more recently, multiple local catastrophes of over billions of years (uniformitariansim).

Thousands of geologists have been indoctrinated in this belief and have spent the last 150 years fitting the evidence into this interpretation of Earth history.  Yet there remain many facts unexplained by this interpretation of geology.  Almost all of these mysteries disappear once the reality of a recent Woldwide Flood is acknowledged.

In addition to the Bible, which clearly presents the Worldwide Flood as a factual event of history, every culture in the world has a flood story.

The very symbol in the ancient Chinese language for "boat" is a combination of the symbol for "eight", "people", and "vessel".  Every culture from the Chinese to the Aztecs, Aborigines to the ancient Greeks, Eskimos to the Africans, have an ancient account of a universal Flood.  Many of these stories include details of a righteous man being saved on a floating vessel and attribute the event to judgement from God.   If this really happened, people would have spread across the globe after the catastrophe.  As centuries passed, the account of the Flood would have been distorted, but remembered.  This is exactly what we find.  The Worldwide Flood is a fact of the past as revealed by archaeology, geology, and the Bible. 

Search for The Truth, p.65

And on that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. -Genesis 7:13

April 15

HISTORY

Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and feeds on grass like an ox. What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly! His tail sways like a great cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit. His bones are tubes of bronze... Under the lotus plants he lies... When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth (Job 40: 15-23). No known animal except the dinosaur had a huge "cedar-like" tail. If man had never seen those reptiles, why do ancient peoples all over the world have similar stories of enormous reptile-like creatures roaming and flying on the earth? These ancient cultures merely had a different name for such creatures - dragons.

According to the Bible, man and dinosaur lived on Earth at the same time. According to evolution, dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago and apelike creatures turned human "only" one to four million years ago. Yet virtually every culture on Earth has stories about creatures which sound exactly like dinosaurs, which range from cave drawings in the Grand Canyon to carvings found on Central American stone artifacts. Eyewitness accounts in Italy, Ireland, India, China, Arabia, Australian, etc. indicate that dinosaurs have been seen by humans around the world. As the Bible shows from this passage in the book of Job, dinosaurs were clearly known by mankind at the time this passage was written:

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible, p. 36-49.

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems.... And there was evening, and there was morning- the fifth day.... So God created man in his own image.... And there was evening, and there was morning- the sixth day.  - Genesis 1: 21-31

May 15

HISTORY

Man has always treasured his ability to see. As far back as records allow, we find that mankind has practiced eye surgery. The oldest record of eye surgery dates back 4,000 years. The Code of Hammurabi said that a surgeon who saved a man's eye was to be paid the same fee that was given to a doctor who saved a man's life. On the other hand, if the eye was lost during surgery, the law required the surgeon's fingers to be cut off! Not only were men intelligent enough to do eye surgery, but the consequences for failure indicated that they were apparently very skillful.

The Bible says Adam was created in God's image. It is only the false preconceptions of evolution, clouding people's minds with images of "ape-men," that have caused people to believe that ancient man was any less intelligent than modern man. Our technology has built upon the discoveries of the past, and there is every indication that ancient mankind was as intelligent as modern man.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 173

Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. - Ecclesiastes 1: 1"

June 3 

HISTORY

If a great flood did indeed wipe out everything on the earth about 5,000 years ago, then the oldest human records should only date back that far. This is exactly what we find. All civilized cultures on Earth seem to have appeared suddenly approximately 5,000 years ago.

Even more revealing is the fact that most ancient cultures began in an advanced state. There is no trace of "primitive" generations leading up to the sudden explosion of advanced civilizations across the world. Take, for example, the great Pyramid of Cheops near Cairo, Egypt. The intricacy and stability of this monument of human engineering is unbelievable. The detailed planning necessary to construct this massive monument is phenomenal. Legends from surrounding people insist that the forefathers of the Egyptians (before the Flood) were even more knowledgeable! It has been widely reported that the Egyptian culture extends back 9,000 years or more, but the current trend among Egyptolgists is to revise these dates to a more recent date. This agrees well with the biblical timetable.

The sudden appearance of advanced civilizations supports what the Bible states: man was made in God's image (Genesis 1: 26). From the beginning, man was a rational, creative, and very intelligent being. Anthropology, the science of origin, culture, and the development of human beings, confirms this fact.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation, p. 182

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. - Acts 17: 26

July 7  

HISTORY

Skeptics are forever trying to discredit the Bible. In the 1800's an interesting puzzle was proposed as proof that the Bible could not be trusted. The book of Luke states that Quirinius was governor of Syria when Christ was born. Other passages would indicate that this birth took place in the year 4 B. C. Non religious historical records, however, show that Quirinius governed Syria after 6 A. D. This ten year discrepancy was used by Bible critics in the nineteenth century as proof that the Bible could not be divinely inspired.

The puzzle was solved with further archeological evidence which confirmed the Bible. In 1912 an inscription was discovered which said that Quirinius was governor in Syria and Cilicia around 10 B.C. Apparently Quirinius ruled Syria and Cilicia twice. He was ruler at the time of Christ's birth, exactly as reported in the Bible. How much damage was done to people's faith based on partial evidence and false assumptions?

Through in depth study, every so called contradiction in the Bible invariably proves false. Throughout all of human history there is no book which comes close to the Bible in accuracy or influence.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol., 3, p. 261

(This was the first census that took place whine Quirinius was governor of Syria) -Luke 2:2

August 4  

HISTORY

The Bible claims that Adam and Eve were the first humans and that three of Adam's sons were named Cain, Abel, and Seth. In the first recorded murder, Cain killed Abel. Since these were the first people on Earth, this question is often asked, "Where did Cain find a wife?" This question puzzles most people, not because the answer is complicated, but because they have been trained to think based on evolutionary assumptions.

Evolution begins with the assumption that nature has always functioned similarly to how it is operating today. Evolution also teaches that things are increasing in complexity and improving over time. The Bible teaches the opposite. Adam and Eve as originally created would have been perfect with no genetic mistakes in their DNA. Genetic mistakes started to occur after the Fall and have quite rapidly built up over time.

Today, whenever both parents have the same genetic mistake, their children develop the resulting genetic problem. This is why brothers and sisters cannot marry. It was mankind's disobedience that brought this imperfection into God's creation. The biblical way against brothers and sisters intermarrying did not exist until 2,000 years after creation (approximately 4,000 years ago). Abraham (alive approximately 3,000 years ago) was married to his half-sister. The Bible states that Adam and Eve had other sons and daughters. Jewish tradition even suggests that they had 46 children. Cain merely married one of his sisters.

Search for the Truth, p. 32

After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and he had other sons and daughters. -Genesis 5:4

HISTORY

August  12 

Thomas Huxley, arguably history's most influential proponent of evolution, stated that, "It is clear that the doctrine of evolution is directly antagonistic to that of creation... if consistently accepted, it makes it impossible to believe the Bible." This statement could not be truer. Creation requires accountability to a greater power. Evolution ultimately implies that we are accountable to no one but ourselves.

The straightforward application of the principles of evolution has resulted in some of the greatest atrocities in history. For example, Hitler accepted the evolutionary platitudes of Nietzsche: the idea of a super race. Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life is the subtitle of Darwin's book on evolution. Hitler's master-race mentality was merely a natural consequence of evolutionary thinking. Mussolini frequently quoted the Darwinian catch phrases and carried the survival-of-the-fittest mentality to its logical conclusion, believing war was essential for progress. Karl Marx asked Darwin to write an introduction to Das Kapital, since he believed that Darwinism provided a scientific foundation for communism. Communist governments worldwide push evolution in an effort to remove God and accountability to Him. This conveniently leaves government as the only source of authority and provides the justification for the murder of millions. Truly, evolution is a poor trade for the truth of the creation.

Why I Believe, p. 52-53

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather train yourself to be godly.  -1 Timothy 4:7

HISTORY

August 27  

There is extensive evidence for an Ice Age with glaciers covering much of our planet and altering landscapes. But where does the Ice Age fit into biblical history?

Earth science textbooks state that there have been numerous Ice Ages over millions of years. But all of the evidence for multiple events and the long time period between the Ice Ages is circumstantial. The Ice Age is best explained as the result of changes to the earth's environment after Noah's Flood. No other model adequately explains the cause of this drastic climate change.

In order for the earth to experience any Ice Age, enormous amounts of water would need to evaporate from the oceans and fall as snow onto the continents. This would form huge sheets of ice spreading toward the equator. The oceans after Noah's Flood would have been considerable warmer due to extensive volcanic activity. Warmer oceans would result in increased evaporation. Increased evaporation in combination with volcanic dust high in the skies would have resulted in massive snowfall at the polar regions which would not have melted during the summer. This build up of ice, year by year, would have continued for centuries.

The Bible does not directly talk about the Ice Age because the focus of Scripture is Israel, where there were no sheets of ice. But the Ice Age was a direct consequence of the worldwide Flood. No model of Earth history explains the cause of the Ice Age as well as the worldwide Flood of the Bible.

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Creationism, "The Evidence for Only One Ice Age," p. 191-200

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail? ...from whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens when the waters become hard as a stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen? -Job 38:22, 29-30

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