Christian Apologetics Study

APOLOGETICS: PALEY’S WATCHMAKER ARGUMENT

Jul
31

William Paley became famous for his teleological watchmaker argument in the 19th century. According to Paley, if we image we are walking along a beach and we come across a watch. We know that chance cannot make something very complicated and intricate as the watch. No over lapping waves on shore could have created anything like it. Therefore, we must conclude that someone made the watch with skill and care. Now when we consider the universe, we realize that the cosmos is much more complicated than a watch. Thus, it is less likely that chance created the universe. This observation means that there must be an equivalent to the watchmaker such as a Divine Creator and Designer God.

Skeptics such as David Hume challenge Paley’s watchmaker argument by saying we don’t know what made the universe. We know what sort of things watches are and where they came from; therefore, of course watches point to a watchmaker. However, we have no idea what sorts of things create universes. Experience is silent on that history. However, Hume’s argument is decorated with false assumptions. He believes that human beings are not capable of identifying non-human intelligent design. Hume’s argument ignores the fact that observation and experimentation demonstrates that the universe requires a maker because the cosmos is decorated with information, complexity, predictability, and organization.  Modern science has demonstrated that Hume’s argument is simply irrational.

Modern skeptics such as Richard Dwakins believe that Darwinism has overthrown Paley’s watchmaker argument. He argues that Darwin’s evolution theory explains how complex life evolved without a divine engineer. However, this is simply a false assumption because Darwinism cannot explain the origin of information, the origin of life, and transformation of life. Because life is a biochemical self-replicating information system, life could only have originated from Intelligent Design. The laws of nature cannot create life. Natural selection and genetic mutations cannot create new genetic information because that process only facilitates plant and animal variation. Dr. Jonathan Wells and Dr. Michael Behe and many other intelligent design theorists have all demonstrated the impossibility of Darwinism. Today, William Paley’s argument has been restored back to its rational and logical place because of the science of intelligent design.

Intelligent design theory seeks to discovery complex objects that are specified to some pattern. This is the design arguments essence, and we can best detect design when we can exclude some rival hypothesis, resembling Darwinian evolution. Darwinism no longer triumphs ov

er modern design arguments. Darwinism fails to explain the evolution of irreducible complex biological systems naturally and this fact represents the collapse of Darwinism temporary triumph over Paley, and the modern intelligent design argument. While Hume argued that there is insufficient analogy between biological design and human design, his outdated objection cannot withstand Behe and Dembski’s rigorous observations and quantifications for the information produced by an intelligent agent.

 RELATED SOURCES: The Mystery of Life’s Origin, Charles Thaxton in 1984. A Theory in Crisis, Michael Denton in 1986. Darwin on Trial, Phillip Johnson in 1991. Creation Hypothesis, Dean Kenyon in 1994. Reason in the Balance, Phillip Johnson in 1995. Darwin’s Black Box, Michael Behe in 1996. The Design Inference, William Dembski in 1999. Icons of Evolution, Jonathan Wells in 2000. The Design Revolution, William Dembski in 2004.

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BIBLE CODES SHOW IRAN’S BUSHEHR NUCLEAR FACILITY

Jul
25

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The bible code appears to show that Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Reactor will be destroyed within the near future.  The Iranian Bushehr Nuclear Reactor has a long history, beginning in 1975, during the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, when its construction was begun. During the Iran Iraq war, 1980-1988, the facility, not completed, was bombed. In 1995 , Iran and Russia signed a contract for the construction of a new reactor facility at Bushehr. That contract came to completion in August 21, 2010 when Russia delivered to Iran 80 tons of Uranium for the reactor and the transfer of the Uranium into the reactor facility was begun.

From Real Bible Codes: The problem with Iran is not its nuclear reactor, but its motivation, its vitriolic talk, its belligerent actions, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its idea that the Iran should lead the Islamic world into a messianic End of Time apocalyptic war against Israel and the Western powers. In short, Iran is neither a peace loving or peace promoting country. Since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, the revolutionary regime has pursued aggressive bullying and destabilizing policies in the Middle East in its attempt to gain a domineering and leadership role. It has been one of the main state sponsors of terrorist activities.

From Real Bible Codes: The U.S. State Department says Iran is the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism. U.S. officials say Iran continues to provide funding, weapons, training, and sanctuary to numerous terrorist groups based in the Middle East and elsewhere, posing a security concern to the international community. Iran’s declarations that it has successfully enriched uranium and developed new missile technology have heightened alarm in the United States and a growing number of other states. Iran asserts its rights under an international treaty to pursue nuclear power and that it is only interested in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. But it has faced growing sanctions, through the UN Security Council as well as international financial bodies, out of concern over its motives.

Analysis of equidistant letter spacing bible codes found in the Book of Ezekiel revealed the Hebrew words for Iran, Elam, Brusher, atomic, nuclear, missiles, destroy, Israel, war, radiation, and death. The bible codes were as large as negative 6,064 and as small as positive 1. The ELS codes were all in close proximity, which is usually an indication of a statistically significant code.  In other words, the bible codes appear to say that there will be an Israeli strike on the Bushehr nuclear facility by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the region of Elam located within southern Iran. This strike will trigger a Mideast war where tactical nuclear weapons will be employed against Israel’s enemies.

ELAM AND BUSHEHR

According to few biblical eschatologists, Elam, with other rebellious nations, would eventually experience the cup of God’s wrath (Jeremiah 25:15-26). Even its world-renowned archers would prove no match for the Lord of hosts (Isaiah 22:6-12; Jeremiah 49:35; Ezekiel 32:24). Ezekiel’s lament over Elam illustrates the horror of Elam’s destruction (32:24-25). Jeremiah warns the Elamites that they cannot escape the judgment of God. That was made certain by the presence of his throne among them (Jeremiah 49:38).

 

Elam is an ancient geographical region mentioned in the God’s Holy Scriptures. Its present location would be in Iran with a portion in Iraq. It has bordered with the ancient Babylonian Empire. Elam’s actual location would be in the Persian Gulf’s northern end and along Iran’s western coast. Ancient Elam’s main sections would include the Bushehr Province with the Bushehr capital city. Persian Gulf map analysis indicates that Bushehr would be directly across from Kuwait.

Bushehr is very significant today.  It is the location of Iran’s nuclear facility and it has the attention of the globe. Therefore, the physical location of ancient Elam is critical to understand the eschatology for Iran. Many people fear that Iran will use this plant to build nuclear weapons for the Israel’s destruction and Middle East domination. Israel has stated that it will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power, and it is very possible Israel will attack Iran to destroy Bushehr’s nuclear complex. The Third World War could begin over the Bushehr nuclear power facility. This situation explains why ancient Elam has become a focal point in dealing with Israel and why it fits into God’s prophetic plan.

ELAM’S DESTRUCTION

Today Elam (Iran) is Israel’s fierce enemy and it wants to wipe Israel off the map. A nuclear reactor sits in Elam (Iran) simply for the purpose of destroying Israel. Elam is Israel’s most dangerous enemy. Elam (Iran) is also the center of Shiite Islam which wants to conquer the world for Allah. It is the center of belief in the Mahdi who the Shiite Muslims believe will lead Islam to conquer the world. Elam can be viewed as the number one enemy of Israel’s God.  Shiite Islam led by Elam (Iran) is about to violently collide with God’s End-Time prophetic plan as stated in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, God will use the IDF to execute his judgment on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

RELATED SOURCE: The Real Bible Codes; Rabbi Glazerson; 2012. America and the Day of the Lord; John Mcternan; 2008.  As America Has Done to Israel; John Mcternan; 2008. Bible Mysteries; Donald P. Ryan, PhD; 2000. Iran Bible Code Matrix; Eliot Elwar; 2011. Isralestine; Bill Salus; 2008.  The Complete Guide to Bible Prophecy; Stephen M. Miller; 2010. The Last Days; Richard H. Perry; 2006. The Book of Revelation; Larry R. Helyer, PhD and Richard Wagner; 2008.

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GENESIS RECORD: NOAH’S CURSE ON CANAAN

Jul
04

Did Noah curse Ham and all his black African descendants? Ham was the second son of Noah (Genesis 5:32, 6:10, 7:13, 9:18, 22, Genesis 10:1, 20 and 1 Chronicles 1:8). Ham is the ancestor of the Egyptians, as well as the people in Africa, Arabia, and Canaan. After the Great Flood, Noah began cultivating vineyards, and on one occasion exposed himself while he was drunk inside his tent (Genesis 9:20-24). Ham saw his father lying naked and related the incident to Shem and Japheth, who covered Noah up discreetly. When Noah awoke and learned what Ham had done, he cursed Ham’s son Canaan, saying his brothers (Cush, Mizraim, and Put) and Shem and Japheth would rule over him.

However, if Ham is the one referred to in 9:24 as offending Noah, why should the curse fall on his son Canaan? The most likely answer is that it is not Ham who is being referred to here, but Canaan. The expression is “his youngest son,” whereas Ham is repeatedly seen and mentioned as the second son of Noah, not the youngest (5:32, 6:10, 7:13, 9:18 and 10:1). More exactly, Noah’s curse on “his youngest son” refers to Canaan because of some kind of sinful act done to Noah when Noah was asleep in his tent, which was not recorded in the Bible. The word for “Son” was always used for “grandson” and great grandson in ancient times, and it seems to have been used here in this manner. Because Canaan was the “youngest” of all Noah’s grandsons during this period, the curse was clearly on Canaan and his descendants only. The text clearly says the curse  is on Canaan rather than Ham. Canaan and his offspring were to be subject to Japheth and Shem before their complete extermination during the generation of Joshua.

This fact means the correct reading of the Genesis passage should be: “When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son (CANAAN) had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves he will be to his brothers.” (Genesis 9:24-25 NIV).

ANALYSIS OF NOAH’S CURSE

Traditionally, Noah’s curse has been interpreted to justify the institution of slavery over black African populations worldwide. However, Noah could not have cursed Ham because God had already blessed Ham along with his brothers, according to Genesis 9:1. The first great post-flood civilizations in the Middle East and North Africa all originated from the descendants of Ham.  The first rulers of Babylon and Egypt were primarily the descendants of Ham.  The descendants of Ham were great navigators who traveled to North, Central, and South America. They built great post-flood civilizations for generations before the rise of Greece and Rome.

RELATED SOURCES

 The Holy Bible New International Version; 2014. Ancient Egypt; Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D.2002. Middle East Conflict; Mitchell G. Bard, Ph.D.; 2008. The Middle East; Craig S. Davis,PhD; 2003. World History; Peter Haugen; 2009. Got Questions? org; Data derived from: gotquestions.org/curse-on-ham.html

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