- Feminism: a young empowered girl, breaks with her father’s patrilineal authority and conservative boundaries to go on an adventure. The father figure is overly conservative, fearful and is benevolently yet misguidedly authoritarian.
- paganism: a “goddess” as “creator”, a demigod, powers etc.
- Bad theology: the “goddess” who “created the world” is destroyed by man’s mistake and must be rescued herself to save human kind and the environment. In fact the “goddess” “creator” becomes the devil and must be saved from herself.
- Humanism: humans made the mistake but human’s rescue the “god[dess]” who has lost her heart and has become evil. Moui (the demigod/human) must learn that self confidence and initiative are the solution to human problems. Humans fix the problems, save the world and get the credit etc.
- Environmentalism: humans have destroyed nature and must self fix the problem. The ocean, in weirdly pagan undertones, is personified and helps the young girl save the world and its creator. The ocean in fact chooses the girl for this mission.
- Disobedience to parents: the heroine disobeys her father’s rule to cross the boundary reef to save the world.
Did you protest with the #feesmustfall movement? Did you demand that the statue of Rhodes must fall? Then you must take a stand against something much more deeply outrageous.
Calling African people monkeys is racist, actually thinking that African people descended from one is outrageous. Yet this is what most South African, and international, universities teach.
Darwin’s theory of ‘evolution’ not only teaches that humans descend from ape like ancestors, but also that African and Australian Aboriginals were more closely related to monkeys than white people. Darwin actually claimed this explicitly.
This idea had success only for the same reasons that Nazi ideas were successful among academics in 1930s Germany; a convenient idea. Because the evolutionary idea arose in a time of Colonialism when people were looking for an opportunity to oppress others, it became wildly popular amongst those who had intellectual sway in the English speaking world because England now had it’s justification for colonialism. English colonialism could now throw off the constraints of the Biblical teaching that all humans descend from Adam (a single common human ancestor) and that human beings were to love their neighbour as themselves.
Prior to the theory of evolution we see greedy colonialists muffled and restrained by the Bible. After the theory of evolution we see blatant hatred for fellow man: apartheid.
Today, the racist theory of evolution lives on, perpetuated by greed. Corporations want you to live for immediate pleasure rather than transcendent purpose (better marketing). Universities want money donated to their research not to the church. Immoral consumers want an excuse to live like kings without care for the third world because “hey, survival of the fittest”.
And if you think someone is more related to an ape than you, you might call them a monkey. Racism is rife.
Every time you hear the news celebrating how humans came “out of Africa” you are hearing racism. Every time you hear that Africans are the “oldest” (hint least evolved), you are hearing colonial era racism spewed out. Each time they claim another “missing link” (really an extinct ape) to “support” their theory that all humans descend from an ape’s ancestor you are hearing the reinforcement of a wicked theory bent on treating humans as animals.
Racists began abusing fellow humans centuries ago by likening them monkeys. Today they they just say they are more closely related to the monkeys to alleviate their conscience because in a dog-eat-dog world of Darwinism only the “fittest monkey” gets to survive. This racism must end.
God made us in His image.
1. Evolutionists claim that humanity descends from an “ape like ancestor” which in a rather loose way is often called a monkey.
2. “Survival of the fittest” is a rather crude alternative phrase to ‘Natural Selection’. It is the idea that the animals most suited to their environment (fitter and stronger) that reproduce more successfully will compete effectively against rivals. While this is a truism, it does not support the idea that we ‘evolved’ from apes. “Survival of the Fittest does not explain the Arrival of the Fittest” (Carter).
3. Although many justifications were given for the apartheid, the intellectual justification was Darwinism. Why would the more evolved share and intermarry with the less fit. With many cases people were trying to reconcile their greed with their worldview, however Darwinism logically flows to racism; the idea that different ‘races’ are inherently different is the fruit of Darwin’s ideas.
This new year, recall God’s blessings of the previous year, seek God’s blessings for this year amd trust alone in Him for 2018.
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We hope you will have a blessed and God glorifying year.
Let us consider the admonition of James 4.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:13-17)
Atheists obviously differ with creationists. Amusingly, they will masquerade their idea that the universe caused itself as ‘science’ and the idea that the universe was created (caused) as ‘religious’. Yet scratch the surface and their incoherency shows.
What creationists and atheists may agree to
- The universe had a beginning. No one who seriously engages with the evidence really disputes this.
- All things that begin to exist require a cause. Science presupposes this, reason does too and everyday experience agrees.
- Thus, the universe had a cause.
The unnecessary controversy
It is logical to believe that something was caused by something that preexisted it. On the other side, it is incorrect to think that something could preexist itself in order to cause itself.
It is illogical to believe that the natural world managed to preexist itself in order to cause itself. That is ridiculous.
The universe (all of nature) must have been caused something, or someone, beyond nature. Since the universe is all time, space and matter, the universe must have been created by something other than itself, ie timeless, spaceless and immaterial.
It is incoherent to say that the natural world was caused by the natural processes, that are themselves derived from nature. Yet this is exactly the claim of atheism.
It is correct to say that the universe was caused (ie created) by God.
If you take one look at the Wikipedia article for “creationism”, you will find that the numerous internet atheists will argue differently. They will tell you that the logical idea that the universe could not have made itself is a religious idea. They will then boldy proclaim that the universe did in fact somehow make itself, which would have required it to exist before it existed to act as its own cause. They will argue that this is ‘science’. Whatever they mean by this science, it’s not what put planes in the air or men on the moon – it’s just incoherent atheist bias.
The universe was created by God (Gensis 1:1).
On 16 September 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, a Christian author and apologist passed away a year after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. He was 34. An excellent overview of Nabeel’s conversion from Islam and his life’s work is outlined here by the Gospel Coalition. Eulogies in written form and a video from his memorial by his mentor and friend Ravi Zacharias give a powerful picture of Nabeel.
When Nabeel got his diagnosis last August he posted the news on Facebook and I remember reading it in disbelief. “Not Nabeel”, I thought, “he is so young, he has a baby girl, he is doing so much for the kingdom”. As his Facebook post says, he shared his journey with the world via a YouTube vlog. This article is based on his courageous vlog and his sermons after his diagnosis among other sources.
The Bible gives us many examples of people of faith and steadfastness. The example that I think most closely resembles Nabeel, is Job. James 5:10-11, “As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” In Job we see a man who was very blessed by the Lord and Satan accuses his faithfulness to God as merely coming from his blessings. Job 1:9-11, “Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” Satan also accused Job of fearing God because he had his health, “Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.” (Job 2:4-5). And as we read the book of Job, we know that he did not curse God even though he lost his possessions, children and health. Hence he is such a great example of faith and steadfastness for us. But how does that look like today? Do we see or know of such examples in the modern world? A tangible example, someone we know or know of, our own peer. Such an example is Nabeel Qureshi.
Nabeel shared in sermons and talks that he gave after he received his diagnosis, that at the time of his diagnosis he was pursuing his dream PhD program at Oxford University, had a 1 year old daughter and a baby on the way, was a New York Times best seller and spreading the gospel throughout the world. He emphasised how well things were going for him, how everything he was doing was succeeding. But then he needed some tums for his stomach, that’s only how bad it had gotten and to find out it was stage 4 stomach cancer was a shock. To say that Nabeel was hated for leaving Islam is an understatement and when he announced his diagnosis he was told by some that he was cursed by Allah for leaving Islam. Some went as far as to claim that if he went back to Islam he would be healed. An enormous amount of pressure was applied but he stayed steadfast. He was steadfast when he first got his diagnosis until his death. In his vlog he explained why he wouldn’t go back to Islam regardless of what people were saying and he did this with love, gentleness and precision, like he always did. In one sermon, Nabeel stated that he believed God would heal him, as He’s a healer, but if not he doesn’t care if people laugh at him. Reminds me of Daniel Chapter 3, where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were facing death by a fiery furnace for not worshipping king Nebuchadnezzar’s god, “If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18). No, he would not turn away from the Lord.
As time went on and the treatment didn’t work, Nabeel held fast to his faith even when the healing didn’t come and the pain got progressively worse. In a sermon 3 months prior to his death he said, “I will not forsake His name in the face of any pain, in the face of any suffering, I will not forsake His name”.
Eating caused him pain, which, as something his friends attested to (one example is Abdu Murray’s piece here) that he really enjoyed prior to stomach cancer. An enjoyment he had was taken away, in fact his enjoyment turned to pain at every meal and the time it took to digest that meal. But he did not complain. In fact, he prayed to thank God on behalf of those who did not feel pain when they ate. At Nabeel’s memorial, his mentor, Jim Tour, who had been with Nabeel nearly daily in the months leading up to his death, spoke about how he didn’t complain about the pain (and that he did not deny Christ). That he only knew of it when the nurse would ask Nabeel to rate the pain he was having. He had been through multiple surgeries, including the removal of his stomach on top of the pain caused by the cancer and yet he didn’t complain. Didn’t say, “why me”?
The most God glorifying moment (in my view) of his vlogs was the one he announced that he was placed in palliative care. In it he said the doctors had given up on treating him and that he was told that his body was in the last stages of life. At the end of the video he prayed and asked for healing and then said, “If it’s not your will, if it’s not your sovereign will at the end of the day… I trust you and I love you anyway”. What an example of faith.
In one of his earlier vlogs Nabeel described a dream he had about Jesus and through it he realised that Jesus was cleansing/purifying him through his trial. I am reminded of James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Nabeel’s trials that he graciously made public for us to witness and his example of firm faith and steadfastness is so needed today as it becomes more and more harder to see real faith in action. May we all also be faithful to our Lord. I am grateful that in the sermons and talks he gave during his final year of life he encouraged the Body of Christ to believe God’s word and to have faith in all of what it says.
Nabeel suffered through the loss of his family due to his conversion and suffered in the end due to cancer but he never wavered once in his faith and love for his risen Saviour. He remained steadfast under trial and received his crown from God. I will close with probably the most quoted Nabeel Qureshi quote, from his book “Seeking Allah, finding Jesus”, which fits his passing perfectly, “All suffering is worth it to follow Jesus. He is that amazing”.
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People everywhere seek satisfaction. Despite this, very few have found the secret of satisfaction. People look for satisfaction in relationships and experiences that make them happy or jobs and enterprises that make them more wealthy. Finding the secret of satisfaction, is something so critical in people’s minds that they invest much of their life in doing it.
A philanthropist is a wealthy person who discovered wealth does not satisfy.
Wealth does not satisfy. Ask a philanthropist. They have spent their days seeking to have ‘more’ wealth, until one day they discovered it was not going to satisfy. Think about how ‘wealthy’ changes meaning depending on who you ask. If you ask a person living in a hut and a person living in a two story house they own with a car and job what ‘wealthy’ means to them and they will give two different answers. Each will explain ‘wealthy’ by describing someone who has ‘more’ than they do. There is no standard for wealth, no point at which you can say ‘I made it.’ The rich man always wants ‘more’. The real meaning of wealth for someone who wants it is ‘more’. It never satisfies and the rich man who finally kept getting more with no satisfaction realises that wealth is a false promise. A philanthropist is a wealthy person who discovered wealth really doesn’t satisfy.
Happiness is an enigma. When you are looking for it, you cannot find it.
Happiness is an enigma. When you are looking for it, you cannot find it. Someone said that seeking happiness is like looking at a distant star. If you look at it directly, it is so hard to see, but if you look at the darkness just next to the star, it shines so brightly. The pursuit of happiness is a dead end because happiness is not found in seeking it.
A person already satisfied tends to find wealth and happiness more easily, through he or she does not care for it. A person already satisfied does not spend their resources on the latest care or gadget because she is not filled with a craving for ‘more’. Because they are not busy spending, buying and amusing, they wast their resources. A person satisfied is not constantly trying to make themselves happy, and thereby being disappointed.
The pursuit of wealth and happiness are mutually exclusive. A person seeking wealth will work, save deny themselves for the sake of ‘more’. A person seeking happiness will play, spend and indulge themselves for the sake of ‘more’ happiness. Proverbs 21:17 says “Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.”If you seek one, you must forsake the other. Another proverb says, “The leech has two daughters: Give and Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough”. (Proverbs 30:15)
The secret of satisfaction is not found in the pursuit of wealth or happiness. These things can only be a by product of some other pursuit, but will only offer an empty vacuum of a wasted life if sought. Satisfaction is found elsewhere.
James 1:11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
The Secret of Satisfaction
The secret of satisfaction is found in a far different place.
God has made us to be satisfied in Him. A the psalmist pleads, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”(Psalm 90:14) The steadfast love of God offers us the satisfaction that will fill us with gladness and rejoicing for ‘all our days’. Real satisfaction leads to lasting joy.
The satisfaction we find in God’s steadfast love impacts how satisfaction in life. As Proverbs 13:25 says, “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.” James exhorts us, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8) The righteous is satisfied with what he has, but the wicked man always wants more. The righteous is satisfied and filled. He says “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians_4:11) But the wicked wants more and steals. The want of the wicked is called in the Bible “covetousness”; It is sin.
We are warned “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5) The “love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). But Jesus who is the steadfast love of God “will never leave you nor forsake you” (John 3:16).
Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Mathew 6:33)
The secret of satisfaction is simple. The steadfast love of God is lasting satisfaction. Seek His Kingdom. Everything else will happen as needed. Find out more.
“choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.”
Sales professionals and marketing specialists understand the subtle pull of a fading opportunity. Have you ever seen the sign that says “Hurry! this offer ends soon”? Often people end up buying things they didn’t want just because it was on special and the offer was soon to end. Well, that’s a fading opportunity.
Sometimes we are so much enticed by a fading opportunity that we fail to assess it’s true value. Sometimes it seems that we must seize this opportunity or it will pass us by. This is the nature of sin; it offers “fleeting” pleasures. Simply because we might miss out does not mean a pleasure carries true worth.
It seems to me that many take for granted the goodness and enduring satisfaction they can find in Christ, simply because it is so constant. They don’t value this wealth of pleasure as they should because they are dazzled by the spectacle of fleeting pleasures that they might miss out on. Because who wants to miss out on life, right? By selling ourselves short on fleeting pleasures, we deny ourselves the eternal pleasures and lasting satisfaction found in Christ Jesus.
What people don’t realise is that one day the offer for eternal satisfaction in Christ will end, and all fleeting pleasures of sin will burn. Then what do you do?
The biggest challenge science faces is found in money. The old mantra that science follows the evidence is not necessarily correct. A distinction needs to be made between the scientific method and scientific research (where the method is used). Science tends to follow the money. If you can’t get a grant, you can’t do science. To pay for the costly lab you must beg benefactors for funding.
This is problematic because financially powerful interest groups gain control of what research gets funded. If your proposed work supports their purposes, they will fund you, but if not you wont find funding. Some areas of science languish in the disinterest of the money givers. Others are like a feeding frenzy.
The outcome is that certain areas only get explored if funding bodies are interested and that scientists will find themselves biased towards the political ends of their patrons.
Like anything where there is money on offer, science research is prone to fraud. Not only is it prone to fraud, but alarms are beginning to sound about an epidemic of fraud. Many commentators are aware of this fraud, but doing something about human greed meeting money is fairly challenging.
While fraud can be motivated by greed for money, it can also be motivated by commitment to a dogma. Numerous fraud. have been used to support a single dogma, for example –
- Piltdown man hoax
- the peppered moth
- the Midwife Toad
- Haeckel’s embryos
- Ancon sheep
- the Tasaday Indians
- Bathybius haeckelii
- Hesperopithecus (Nebraska Man)—the missing link that turned out to be a pig
Philosophy has invaded science. Speculation has replaced scientific method. Science uses inductive reasoning. Inductive reason is a structure of reasoning that draws an inference from a range of data based on probability. This is how science works. However, outside of science, there is a speculative type of reasoning called inference to the best explanation. It is un-inductive and therefore unscientific. This reasoning does not follow probability and data to draw inferences but rather speculatively invents plausible explanations and selects the “best explanation” based on its “explanatory power” – however it gets defined. Dogmatic atheists love this reasoning, but it’s not science. They also hold a considerable number of funding bodies hostage to their philosophy. Too bad many “scientific” claims that cause contention are based on this unscientific reasoning.
Science and it’s future a shaped by monetary interests. This motivates fraud and encourages bias towards the dogma of the institutions that give grants. To support various dogma speculation has been used in the name of science. In conclusion we can agree with the scripture which says –
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”
Don’t let science be an idol in your heart. Instead trust the truth of God’s word.
“Life is about pushing boundaries” they say as they rush from one sinful desire to another. They are self professed rebels – they consider themselves “lovers of freedom”. As they charge on from one experience to another, they consider it their pleasure to break down all the boundaries of morality forced upon them. They get bored as the old novelty becomes the new normal. Then they move on to break the next boundary to discover some new life of freedom.
We see the rapid decline of morality in western society as haters of morality pummel each boundary one after the other. Eventually their sport of breaking boundaries will come to an end.
The problem is they will eventually run out of boundaries to break down as everything becomes “normal”. It is an insatiable pleasure – the more they invest their life in the pleasure of rebellion the more they want to rebel. But the boundaries forced upon them by morality are merely finite. When this happens, how will they alleviate their boredom? As they break down all the boundaries that they could both in society and in their own life, the insatiable pleasure they get in their nature from destroying boundaries will no longer reward them. Then what will they do?
The second problem is that this will lead to violence. The boundaries of morality prevent harm and violence against one another. At some point, those addicted to breaking down boundaries will reach this moral boundary. Then what they do comes by nature.
The third problem is that while they consider this freedom, they are slaves of addiction. “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19). These people profess to be free, but in fact are slaves of rebellion. They claim to be freedom fighters, but they are actually slaves to fighting morality and breaking boundaries.
“What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog that returns to it’s own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”” (2Pe2:22)
Save yourself from the pointless pleasures of rebellion and find in Christ the plentiful pleasure that satisfies forever.
South Africa’s President Zuma was delivering the Reconciliation Day address when the warm sunny day turned into a huge storm that suddenly lifted the north side of the giant tent he was speaking in high into the air. As attendees fled for cover and Zuma’s bodyguards rushed the President to safety, everything was in chaos.
Reconciliation Day is South Africa’s day of celebration of national reconciliation. Sadly, this national reconciliation falters as South Africa struggles through greed, crime and disunity. Ironically, Reconciliation Day arises on the day of the Battle of Blood River, where many Zulus lost their lives, and the formation of Mkhonto weSizwe (MK), a militant arm of the ANC. Neither event was an act of reconciliation but the day is to look forward to the future, rather than the past.
As South Africa grapples with the legacy of racism in the daunting shadow of greed and crime, it is important to make a few observations. First, South Africa’s focus on reconciliation has been marked by human icons. From Mandela to the MK, human icons have dominated the political and social landscape in South Africa as it strives to make progress to what it sees as reconciliation. Second, reconciliation still seems poorly defined within public dialogue. To some it looks like separate traditional groups remaining separate but equal (how is this different to the old regime?). Others think that the old ways impede progress and are willing to cast aside tradition for what they view as western progress. Another way reconciliation is poorly defined is by adding to the idea of ethnic reconciliation ideas of ‘social progress’ such as gay marriage, abortion and other social agendas. Third, the road to reconciliation is obscured by how reconciliation must be achieved and with whom. It is this last point that this article will concentrate.
When we agree that reconciliation is required, we acknowledge that we were once alienated. Reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations. To require restoration of friendly relations there must have been some falling out. Some animosity has come about but now they now want peace. Therefore the ‘who’ of reconciliation is enemies or alienated persons.
Therefore, as South Africa strives for reconciliation it must ask itself whom have we alienated and how must we make peace? We need to keep three truths in mind.
The first truth that we need to keep in mind is that God “made from one man every nation of mankind” (Acts 17:26). The Bible says God made each human group from one human common ancestor, unlike the evolutionary philosophy that claims humans have emerged from different nonhuman ancestors. Genetics has recently supported the Biblical viewpoint by showing that all humans have a single common human ancestor only some thousands of years ago. The false philosophy of evolution has supported racism and radical adherence to the Bible has refuted racism. Reconciliation of diverse ethnic groups depends on knowing and affirming the truth. The root of racism is found in false views about where we came from. Truth is the foundation if true unity.
But the above passage does not simply stop there. It continues and gives us the purpose of God’s creation of various human ethnic groups. It goes on to say that He “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.” We have found ourselves separated from God, but he wants us the find reconciliation with him. While “all have sinned”(Romans 3:23), “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them…” (2Corinthians5:19). This reconciliation with God means that the “dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14) is now broken down which once divided Jew and Gentile, Black and White from God.
This reconciliation with God is desperately needed. “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” The storm that interrupted Zuma’s speech will be nothing compared with the “day on which he will judge the world”. We must be reconciled with God before he returns to judge. God’s judgment will come more suddenly than the storm that surprised the President. You can’t delay and you don’t know when it will come.
If reconciliation is to be meaningful and real, it must begin with making peace with God. Thankfully Jesus settled the dispute on the cross when he paid the penalty of our trespasses and rose again defeating death, the primary symptom of sin. Since God commands everyone everywhere to “repent”, let us turn to God through Jesus his Son. Abandon your sins and trust in Jesus.
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