Friday, March 16, 2007

Contending for The Truth - Day 2.1 John MacArthur

Great morning, little faster worship, but still kinda dragging. I had some cinnamon dulce steamed milk this morning, but now I get to listen to Dr. McArthur.

The Bible and Science

Whoever created the universe and everything that exists, understands it perfectly. Its nature and operation. Doesn't have to wait for scientific discovery to discover its operation. The Creator perfectly understands it. SO, if he wrote the book - you would think it would be accurate enough. Is certainly intelligent enough to write a clear assessment of that. He would be able to communicate it clear and concise and true and accurate.
Whoever created reality would never say truths that do not appear in the earth (like the Hindu holy writings - elephants, honey, flat, etc). Buddhists' book say other earthquake falsities. Adam fell so that men may come into existence (Mormon). If we want the truth about man - than we need to go to the source. Check the holy books and look for accuracy.
True creator is going to tell us Truth. He is a communication genius with no mistakes in His book. He's not going to say stupid and ridiculous things. The Bible claims to be this book. It self claims to be accurate, inerrant, true in everything b/c God knows.
If it can't be trusted in scientific matters - it can't be trusted in spiritual matters. The real issue is the nature of God. If you measure the Bible against true science - you will find that the author is the Creator God.
It is no accident that Gen 1 says so many times "and God said". He has spoken in His creation in far more sophisticated ways then past generations could ever understand. The discovery of DNA - coded information - is a discovery that God has spoken. Blueprints always come from intelligent means. Information doesn't self-design or self-assemble.
5 Herbert Categories (also Gen 1.1)
Time (in the beginning)
Force (God)
Action (created)
Space (the heavens)
Matter (and the earth)
Irreducible Complexity
Fred Boyle - "a super intellect has monkeyed with the evidence" (That is God)
If we can trust Him for creation, we can trust Him for the BOOK.
Hydrology: waters of the earth. Hydrological Cycle - 17th Century. No alterations (gain/loss). Is 55.10, 11 - For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout,giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Ps 135.7: He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth, who makes lightnings for the rainand brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
Job 26.8: He binds up the waters in his thick clouds,and the cloud is not split open under them
Ps 33.7: He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;he puts the deeps in storehouses
Kepler, Galileo, etc.
God always gets it right
Ps 103.11: For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him
Job 22.12: Is not God high in the heavens? See the highest stars, how lofty they are!
Stars cannot be counted, stars differ from each other,
1 Cor 15.41: There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory
Ps 19.6: Its rising is from the end of the heavens,and its circuit to the end of them,and there is nothing hidden from its heat (The sun has its own orbit).
Job 25.5: Behold, even the moon is not bright,and the stars are not pure in his eyes
Is 40.12: Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his handand marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measureand weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance
Job 26.7: He stretches out the north over the voidand hangs the earth on nothing
Job 28.25 - Galileo said that air had weight. When he gave to the wind its weight and apportioned the waters by measure.
Prov 30.1-6 - Good way to end!
Even though MacArthur did a good job - I do not think this was the right topic for 830a! Maybe it was the only time he could come!

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