The Bible Explained, part 19A/40: Creation and Evolution: Your Worldview

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  1. The Bible Explained, part 19A/40: Creation and Evolution: Your Worldview

    Recently published book available for sale.
    Details follow:

    -----<front cover text>

    THE BIBLE EXPLAINED

    A Guide to the Holy Bible
    for Parents and Teenagers

    -----<back cover text>

    Where did you come from?
    What is your purpose?
    What happens when you die?

    These questions--and more--are answered in 'The
    Bible Explained', which is based on the teachings
    of the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is a collection
    of ancient books which claim to be the word of the
    one and only God. This one and only God claims to
    be the sole creator, owner, and sustainer of all
    things; he further claims to hold the one and only
    key to eternal life. Are these claims true? Get
    the facts and then decide for yourself.

    This document is meant to be understood by everyone,
    and is therefore written in plain, simple language,
    avoiding complex religious jargon.

    Understand the Bible like never before.

    -----<table of contents>

    Introduction
    Quest for Truth
    The Holy Bible
    Origin and Destiny
    The Big Picture: Good and Evil
    The Story of Man
    The Purpose of the Earth
    The Standard and the Test
    Work: The Key to Success and Life
    Pyramid Society
    Failure of Man
    Male and Female
    Family Relationships
    Marriage and Family
    Sexual Immorality
    The Value of Life
    Multiplication and Overpopulation
    Racism
    Creation and Evolution
    Government
    Politics
    Justice
    Words, Speech, and Censorship
    Church Matters
    Monotheism, Jews, and Christians
    Temptation
    The Nature of Evil
    Life and Death of Satan
    Reincarnation
    The Rapture
    The End Times
    The Near Future
    Preparing for the Future
    Groups and Labels
    Understanding Judgement
    Preparing for Death
    Conclusion
    Appendix A: Questions and Answers
    Appendix B: The Ten Commandments
    Appendix C: Marriage

    -----<availability>

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    TITLE: "The Bible Explained"
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    ISBN-13: "9781468197068"

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    -----<excerpt from book>

    Creation and Evolution

    The so-called 'culture war' is a manifestation of
    the ongoing battle between good and evil. At the
    heart of this battle are two opposing worldviews:
    Creation and Evolution. Creation is based on the
    assumption that the universe is the product of
    intelligence; Evolution is based on the assumption
    that the universe is the product of chance. If the
    universe is the product of intelligence, what
    should we expect to see? If the universe is the
    product of chance, what should we expect to see?
    Both worldviews assume the existence of knowledge,
    intelligence, and truth, but what is the source of
    truth?

    Authority and Imagination: If you're a parent,
    you've probably had a verbal exchange with your
    child wherein the child repeatedly asks 'why?' and
    you do your best to provide answers -- yet the
    child persists in asking 'why?' to the point where
    you exhaust all your answers and simply blurt out
    'because I said so!' We all believe things because,
    ultimately, someone -- usually an authority figure
    -- said so. In our time, there are two popular
    authority figures: God and Charles Darwin -- the
    father of the theory of Evolution as expounded in
    his book 'On the Origin of Species', which was
    first published in the year 1859. The human mind
    hates a void: if we lack an answer to a question,
    we instinctively provide one -- be it real or
    imagined.

    Making Presuppositions: The Archaeologist and the
    Biologist: An archaeologist unearths a fragment of
    a stone tablet which apparently contains markings
    of about a dozen characters of a supposed human
    language; the archaeologist quickly concludes that
    the markings are the product of intelligence. Why
    did he not conclude that the markings are the
    product of time and chance? A biologist observes
    the intricate genetic code contained in a cell --
    more information than which is contained in many
    copies of the Encyclopaedia Britannica; the
    biologist concludes that the code is the product of
    time and chance. Why did the biologist not conclude
    that the information is the product of
    intelligence?

    Your Worldview: How do you view the world? There
    are essentially two worldviews: Creation and
    Evolution. Your worldview determines how you
    interpret information. The creationist sees design
    (not chance) in everything; the evolutionist sees
    chance (not design) in everything. The creationist
    believes in the existence of law and order; the
    evolutionist believes all things are products of
    chance and randomness over time. If an evolutionist
    claims to believe in the existence of law and
    order, then he ought to ask himself some probing
    questions: Where do laws come from? What are laws
    made of? Why are laws consistent throughout time
    and uniform throughout space? Why do laws continue
    to exist? What upholds them? On the other hand,
    creationists believe in the existence of an all-
    powerful, omnipresent, immaterial (spirit) being
    who created and upholds all things: "In the
    beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
    [Genesis 1:1] "...and upholding all things by the
    word of His power..." [Hebrews 1:3]

    The Scientific Method: The scientific method is a
    means of obtaining knowledge by way of testing all
    things and holding on to the truth while discarding
    lies: "Test all things; hold fast what is good." [1
    Thessalonians 5:21] The scientific method is based
    on the assumption that truth exists -- and that
    truth is absolute, eternal, and omnipresent, since
    truth cannot vary from place to place or from time
    to time.

    Observations and Assumptions: In the realm of
    natural science, it is common to assume that
    present-day processes extend indefinitely into the
    past. However, science is not based on assumptions;
    science is based on observation. Consider the
    following scenario: Suppose you walk into a room
    and see a table with an hourglass on it; the sand
    in the hourglass is flowing at a steady rate from
    the top compartment into the bottom compartment;
    both compartments contain an equal amount of sand.
    You may conclude that the sand has been flowing for
    half an hour -- which seems reasonable; however,
    notice the assumptions made: You've assumed the
    hourglass was set in motion with the top
    compartment completely full and the bottom
    compartment completely empty; you've assumed the
    rate of flow has been constant from the beginning
    and is equal to the current rate of flow; you've
    assumed that nothing has tampered with the
    hourglass since it was set in motion. Of course,
    you've also assumed that the hourglass is the
    product of intelligence -- and can therefore be
    understood; and that you possess the intelligence
    to understand it, meaning that you've also assumed
    that you yourself are the product of intelligence.

    Past, Present, and Future: Present-day processes
    cannot be extrapolated indefinitely into the past,
    since the universe is in a state of decay -- and
    this decay could not have been ongoing forever:
    there was a point in time when the decay started.
    When? Why? Knowledge of the past is based on
    assumptions; knowledge of the present is based on
    observation; knowledge of the future is based on
    speculation. Science is based on observation;
    science is not based on assumptions or speculation.
    Of course, we expect the laws which operate in the
    present to continue operating in the future, but
    why? Because the universe is subject to chance and
    randomness? -- or because the universe is subject
    to law and order?

    Setting Limits: In your quest for the truth, do you
    set boundaries where none exist? The natural
    scientist begins with the assumption that nothing
    supernatural exists. Therefore, his conclusion is
    set from the very beginning: nothing supernatural
    exists. Are you willing to scrutinize your dearly
    held beliefs? Are you willing to pursue the truth
    at all costs -- even if it leads you from the
    natural world into the supernatural realm? Are you
    willing to follow the truth -- even if the path
    takes you to a "religious" text?

    -----<availability>

    The above book is available for purchase at:

    http://www.amazon.com

    Search for:
    TITLE: "The Bible Explained"
    AUTHOR: "Arrant Knave"
    ISBN-10: "1468197061"
    ISBN-13: "9781468197068"

    Or try this direct link:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Bible-Explained-Parents-Teenagers/dp/1468197061

    -----<copyright notice>

    The above excerpt from 'The Bible Explained' is copyright
    2010 by Arrant Knave. All rights reserved. No part of this
    document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system
    or transmitted in any form or by any means without the
    prior written permission of the publisher, except by a
    reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be
    printed in a newspaper, magazine, or journal.

    All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are
    taken from the New King James Version (R). Copyright (C)
    1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights
    reserved.

    -----<end of book promotion>
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