God made the heavens for good, yet sinful humans idolatrously misuse the heavens.

I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests, and them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham, and them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.  (Zephaniah 1:4-6)

Sinful mankind, on repeated occasions, has idolatrously worshiped the sun and/or moon and/or stars, rather than thanked God for making those heavenly objects for God’s glory and for mankind’s benefit. (See Genesis 11:4; Deuteronomy 4:19 & 17:3; Psalm 19:1 & 148:3; 2nd Kings 21:3; 2nd Chronicles 33:3; Jeremiah 19:13; Zephaniah 1:5.)  “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1a), yet those liars who refuse to give God credit for creating the cosmos, also dishonestly refuse to give God credit for the glory that they see displayed within the heavens.  Consequently, such impious observers (of the heavens) steal credit that is due God, and misapply that credit to the material components of the universe  —  thereby worshiping the creation instead of its Creator (Romans 1:25).  This idolatrous worship of the heavens began early in human history (see, e.g., Genesis 11:4; Job 31:26-27; Deuteronomy 4:19, etc.).

This idolatrous cosmogony continues to this day, especially in the form of the so-called “big bang” theory of cosmogony (a pseudo-science myth illustrating 1st Timothy 6:20, largely hatched as the “cosmic egg” theory by Roman Catholic priest Georges Lemaitre, professor at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), a Bible-rejecting myth that pretends that the universe is accidently self-made.  The ultimate result of this modern mythology is that “big bang” proponents (as they reject the perspicuous truth of Genesis) irrationally admire and adore the material universe itself, for (supposedly) “creating” itself, instead of rationally admiring and adoring the great and glorious God Who actually created (and sustains) the vast heavens in all of its component glories (1st Corinthians 15:40-41).  Yet the heavens themselves declare God’s glory!

God made the cosmos about 6000 years ago.

For in 6 days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the 7th day;  therefore, the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  (Exodus 20:11)

God created and made the heavens and the earth, during Creation Week (1000s of years ago, not billions), just as is reported in Genesis  —  so the cosmos is relatively “young”.  (See Genesis chapters 1-11, especially chapter 1;  see also Exodus 20:11; 1st Chronicles 16:26; John 5:44-47; Psalm 33:6.)  For an analysis of how many have misunderstood — and underestimated  —  the Genesis chronology, and its relevance to calculating an absolute timeframe range for the age of the earth (and also for the cosmos in general), see my analysis in “How Young Is the Earth:  Applying Simple Math to Data Provided in Genesis”, ACTS & FACTS, 37(10):4-5 (October 2008), posted at http://www.icr.org/article/4124 .

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

See https://leesbird.com/2017/04/16/happy-easter-he-is-alive/ .

This confirms that the Lord Jesus is the Scripture-prophesied Messiah (1st Corinthians 15, especially 15:3-4), Who was promised since the prophecy of “the Seed of Woman” (Genesis 3:15).  Hallelujah!

Cosmic-Egg Cosmogonies are Cracked and Crooked Conjectures

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. (2ndPeter 3:5)

 

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COSMIC-EGG COSMOGONIES ARE CRACKED & CROOKED CONJECTURES

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Big bangers boast bogus “inflation”,
Yet no facts fit their explanation;
“Dark energy” they chatter,
“Oort clouds” and “dark matter” —
All bunk! — to flee truths of creation!

COMMENTARY: Those who accept the revelation of God understand that the cosmos was spoken into being by God, in the beginning (Hebrews 11:3). Yet many dishonestly dodge the clearly-seen proof of God’s Creatorship, as they willingly evade and ignorantly reject the written record that God has given of His deeds of creation (2nd Peter 3:5). While the heavens continually document the glory of God, showing the artistic works of His fingers, scoffers foolishly and inexcusably deny His truth. (Compare also Psalm 19:1 with Psalm 14:1.) But, as for me, I happily accept the proof of His truth — everyone must make a choice with to do with the truth-witnesses God gives, including His heavenly witnesses (Joshua 24:15).

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Eagle Nebula star cluster (DailyGalaxy.com); Small Magellanic Cloud’s NGC346 region (DailyGalaxy.com); Solar System (fair use) image credit:  ScienceABC.com

O Edinburgh (Remembering the Great Forthside Port)

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.  (Psalm 119:46)

O Edinburgh (Remembering the Great Forthside Port)

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

O Edinburgh, great Forthside port,
Old city, where Knox preached in court;
Just to walk your Royal Mile,
Warms my heart, makes me smile –
O Edinburgh, of famed kirk and fort.

JOHN KNOX (St. Giles Kirk statue): Electric Scotland photo credit

COMMENTARY: Unforgettable – visiting Edinburgh’s Royal Mile during the summer of AD2002.  That memorable trip (which trip included the privilege of meeting historian-scholar Dr. Bill Cooper face-to-face!) was part of a tour bus-facilitated excursion that was part of a cruise, aboard the NORWEGIAN DREAM, with my wife and mother-in-law.  The great Calvinist/Presbyterian Reformer, John Knox, faithfully preached the Scriptures in St. Giles Kirk (cathedral), during the AD1500s, and also repeatedly confronted Scotland’s Queen Mary with the Protestant Reformation’s truths.  Knox’s biogenetic descendants include Dr. John Witherspoon, who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence and who also taught Biblical Hebrew to John Madison, the chief author of the U.S. Constitution and Bill or Rights (and 4th U.S. president).

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PHOTO CREDITTS: St. Giles Kirk: Pinterest;  John Knox statue at St. Giles Kirk: Electric Scotland; Edinburgh Castle: MustSeePlaces.com

LITTLE GUYS (ALMOST) ALWAYS LOSE IN POLITICS

And Jonathan said to the young man who bare his armor, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us, because there is no restraint to the LORD to save, by many or by few. (1st Samuel 14:6)

LITTLE GUYS (ALMOST) ALWAYS LOSE IN POLITICS

Though you be tall and “big stuff”,
To City Hall you’re not-so-tough;
Remember this fact:
The card-deck is stacked
So you likely aren’t “tough enough”!

Of course, the example of Dr. Martin Luther, whose public protest in AD1517 — 500 years ago — (and whose subsequent battles thereafter), illustrates the providential exception to this general rule.  God directed Dr. Luther to challenge the ecclesiastical politics (and theological teachings) of his generation, triggering the Protestant Reformation movement that accomplished much more — for time and eternity — than merely defeating a “City Hall”.

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COMMENTARY: As 1st Samuel 14:6 reminds us, God can deliver a cause “by many or by few” – He is not restrained by material circumstances or politics. In general, however, it’s very hard to successfully “fight City Hall”, so ordinary prudence suggests that wise selection of “battles” be limited to those where a success is probable. Of course, sometimes a moral principle is at stake, such as when a Biblical priority requires fighting against the odds. In the end, of course, “the battle is the LORD’s” – a truth that David warned Goliath about just before David adjudicatively destroyed Goliath.

Then said David to the Philistine, you come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel — and all this assembly shall know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear, because the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands. (1st Samuel 17:45-47)

HOT DESERTS: LETHAL TO SOME, YET HOME TO OTHERS

HOT DESERTS: LETHAL TO SOME, YET HOME TO OTHERS

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (ISAIAH 35:1)

In deserts the temps climb quite high,
With scarce rain, those lands get quite dry;
Such climes can be torrid,
For some that is horrid —
Yet yuccas can cope when it’s dry.

Yes, deserts are truly alive;
Harsh heat some critters survive;
Like cactus blooms brilliant,
And lizards resilient —
There sagebrush and rattlesnakes thrive.

COMMENTARY:  As Isaiah 35:1 indicates, the glory of the Lord is displayed even in desert places, where even cactus flowers blossom with bright colors and beauty, attracting pollinators, as their succulent tissues store water for desert birds such as Gila woodpeckers. God’s glory is displayed in the magnificent variety of creatures and habitats that He has decorated the earth with.   God designed Earth to be inhabited — to be “filled” with diverse creatures, artistically demonstrating His love of both life and variety.  It is the adventure and privilege of mankind, created in God’s own image – and redeemed by the blood of God incarnate — to learn of these treasures in God’s creation, and to appreciate God for showcasing His power and wisdom in such humbles creatures as such desert denizens, who daily brave the hot and arid extremes, living and in desert places.


PHOTO CREDITS:

Gila Woodpecker with nest-hole in Saguaro Cactus:  North Mountain Visitor Center (Phoenix, Arizona)

Gila Woodpecker sipping nectar form Saguaro Cactus Flower: Birding Information website ( BirdingInformation.com )