Help! My sister is being deceived! - 04/15/2004
Dear Contender Ministries, I received an email from my cousin and I answered all that I could but I would really appreciate it if you would help me out because he has alot of influence on my little sister and her friends. Also if you could list how you get the facts that you have and your qualifications ot be speaking on such a matter because I know he will try to say that you are biased and are bending facts to fit Christianity.
Here is exactly what he sent to me:
and the bible is not clear at all. to understand how worthless it is as a factual book you must look at how it was passed down. it was transcribed, and retranscribed, and translated, and transcribed etc. people threw in whatever they wanted to. cardinals had their own way with it. very little can be looked on as fact anymore. im sure jesus was a great guy and all, but half of that stuff never happened. ill bet my soul on it. im hardly what you'd call religious to a western faith. the only people that are so devout are people that need something to lean on and cant deal with their own lives. im cold, but i know what i think. im sorry, but getting kicked out of a garden because a snake told a girl to eat some fruit? Man's original fall? you dont see that as ridiculous? even taking it as the metaphor as Adam means man and Eve means life...man was tempted by life. but still. its ridiculous. what kind of god would deny his favorite beings knowledge of life? You'd think he'd want them to flourish an your god made everything in 6 days? What kind of calendar is that. He may have made the basis for man, he didn’t just plunk one guy down and go, "Here ya go, fend for yourself." What kind of sick joke is that? You sound like a religious zealot saying dinosaurs never existed and that they’re a cruel joke played by scientists and that carbon dating is a joke. We've been here a helluva lot longer than 10,000 years kiddo. Everyone knows that. You want proof we evolved? Hand an 80 year old man and a monkey a camera. They’ll both end up flashing it in their eyes and be confused, the only difference is we don’t throw our crap at people afterwards. That’s what evolution has done. We don’t throw our crap. Its a beautiful thing really. And I’m done with this ridiculous discussion cuz seriously, its dumb.
Please help me out, I don't want my little sister to be deceived by him!
Thank You in advanced for your help now and all the help your website has provided me with, I really appreciate it! God Bless you and your noble cause.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Katy. Thanks for writing to us. I'm sorry you're having these problems.
Your cousin sounds hard-hearted, and it may very well be that all you can do
is pray for him -- which is a lot, really.
the contents of his email, I hardly know where to begin. He jumped around
quite a bit, and I may have to as well. I'll try to answer everything
start with evolution. Dinosaurs DID exist. That much is fact. They did NOT
exist millions or billions of years ago. Creation scientists believe they
were killed off during the great flood. Either there was no room for them on
the ark (which satellite photos show on Mt. Ararat in Turkey under the ice),
or the flood decimated a great deal of their food supply, or the atmospheric
changes that occurred were responsible for their death. The Old Testament
refers to large creatures referred to as "Behemoth" and "Leviathon" that
scientists believe were dinosaurs. The fact that fossils of human footprints
have been found within dinosaur footprints confirms that man and dinosaurs
co-existed. Some noted evolutionists confirm that it takes at LEAST as much
faith to accept Darwinian evolution as it does to believe in "the mysteries of
religion." So why don't more evolutionists admit that Darwinism is
unscientific? Because they commit the scientific error of starting with their
conclusion that there is no God. When they start from that point, they
exclude all evidence that indicates otherwise. There are a lot of scientists
out there who believe in creationism though. The
Center for Scientific Creation, and the
Institute for Creation Research have a lot of literature your cousin might
want to read. He should also read the book "Darwin's Black Box" or "Darwin's
God." These books were written by scientists, and are full of scientific
evidence that debunks evolution. There's an article on the site about the
problems with C14 dating. There's also a good article on that at
Creation Worldview Ministries. Anyone that is educated in the C14 dating
process will tell you that C14 dating is only accurate for a few thousand
years. Even then, there are frequent errors, because the process assumes a
steady ratio of Carbon 12 to Carbon 14 in the atmosphere throughout time.
However, an event such as the great flood would have caused a drastic change
in that ratio. Your cousin's "defense" of evolution is obviously uneducated
and silly, not to mention wrong.
Scientist L.T. More said,
“The more one studies paleontology, the more certain one becomes that
evolution is based on faith alone; exactly the same sort of faith which is
necessary to have when one encounters the great mysteries of religion…the only
alternative is the doctrine of special creation, which may be true, but is
Dr. David Raup, curator of
geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago states that the
“250,000 species of plants and animals recorded and deposited in museums
throughout the world did not support the gradual unfolding hoped for by
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Robert A. Millikan, in a speech before the
American Chemical Society, said, “The pathetic thing about it is that many
scientists are trying to prove the doctrine of evolution, which no science can
above quotes and more are listed in another email response you should read
http://www.contenderministries.org/mail/evolution06162003.php And your
cousin should also check out "Questions
cousin is also uneducated in the transcription and translation of the Bible.
He refers to changes made by the Roman Catholic Church, but those changes only
effect the Latin Vulgate Bible, and hence, the English translation of the
Vulgate. The NIV and NASB are excellent translations based on texts that date
to the third century AD. In fact, some of the New Testament manuscripts date
to the 2nd Century AD!! This was before the Roman Catholic Church existed!
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has confirmed the accurate transcription
and translation of the Old Testament. There ARE some slight textual variants
between manuscripts, but they add up to less than 1% of the Bible, and they
affect no key doctrines! Again, if your cousin wanted to form an educated
opinion on this, there are many worthwhile books he can read.
cousin's final contention has to do with the nature of God. Many people who
believe there is a God, believe only that God is love. That's true, but God
is also just. As such, like a loving parent, He established rules for us to
live by. Those rules were designed to protect us, not test us. Being a
loving God, He gave us free will. Being a just God, He set down consequences
for disobedience (sin). The consequence of sin is an eternity in hell.
Mankind chose that by disobeying God. Yet God is love, and gave us one last
chance to have eternity in Heaven, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Having free will, this is a chance we must CHOOSE to accept. The alternative
is condemnation. Your cousin may choose not to believe that, but he chooses
that at his own peril. I may choose to believe that the law of gravity is
silly. After all, I can't see it, touch it, taste it, or smell it, and it
really gets in the way when I trip over my shoelaces. However, the law of
gravity does not depend on my belief or disbelief. God's nature and His law
are eternal and unchangeable as well. They don't depend on someone’s belief
or disbelief. There's a concept called "Pascal's Wager" which may come into
play with your cousin. Pascal's wager, as it pertains to God's law, is this:
If we as Christians are wrong, what happens to our soul when we die?
Nothing? Yet if we are right, and your cousin refuses to accept that, what
happens to his soul when he dies? The answer is an eternity in hell.
Pascal's wager would dictate that submission to God and acceptance of
salvation through Jesus Christ costs nothing, but could save us our very
souls. Your cousin thinks that God and faith are a crutch. In a sense, he's
right. Humans are predisposed to screw everything up on our own accord. Look
at the last century alone -- two World Wars, numerous other wars, two nuclear
weapons detonated, the extermination of millions of Jews...a great testament
to the nature of man, don't you think? We NEED God if we are to not only
spend eternity in Heaven, but also to survive ourselves.
qualifications for speaking on this? Prayer, and years of reading and study.
You can do this too, Katy. Everyone can. All this information is out there,
and you don't need a master’s degree in divinity or theology to learn it. A
few bucks in late fees on your library account will go a looooong way! :) And
God promises us wisdom if we simply ask for it. That means prayer. Pray for
your cousin and your sister, Katy. The truth will prevail. God
bless you as you contend for the faith.
Ben and Jennifer Rast