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Darlene Zschech reflects on new era of worship music:
Songs used to be uptight, they're fearless now
A pioneer of the modern worship era, Darlene Zschech says worship music has changed considerably compared to what it was just 10 years ago. “In some ways it's just gone ahead in such amazing leaps and bounds. I love some of the lyrical content that is around at the moment,” Zschech..... More
Loud storms surround me, but by heart is tranquil
Hiero-confessor Roman Medved1 was born in the year 1874. From 1907, he served as a priest in Sevastopol2, spiritually caring for the sailors of the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, Father Roman moved to Moscow, and was soon appointed the rector of the (now destroyed) Church of the Holy Hierarch Alexiy on Glinishchevskiy lane. Since then, for more than 10 years, the main mission of his life was the creation of a church community and the spiritual care of Muscovites. ......More
GOD AND SCIENCE ARE NOT ENEMIES - PART III
A final look at the fascinating book “The Case for a Creator,” by Lee Strobel. This time in the field of biology.
One of the biggest discussion points is the issue of how life actually started. How did we get from lifeless chemicals, to the simplest single-cell organisms? One famous experiment, by Stanley Miller in 1953, claimed to have simulated the creation of life by “zapping” an approximation of the primordial soup with electricity. This formed amino acids, which are the raw material of protein molecules, which in turn are the building blocks of cells. For a while, this experiment was held to provide solid evidence that life could have been the result of random chemical interactions, thereby removing the need for a Creator.
When the dust settled however, it was discovered that Miller’s recipe for the primordial soup was almost definitely wrong, and that if we were to replay the experiment with a more accurate recipe, no amino acids would be formed. The levels of nitrogen required to form amino acids were most likely not present in the soup. Additionally, Miller’s experiment produced only 2 or 3 of the protein-forming amino acids out of the 22 that exist. Yet another problem was that the amino acids that did develop, promptly reacted with other chemicals in the soup to form a brown sludge that was very unfriendly to the development of life.
It has been calculated that, for one protein molecule to form by random chance, the odds would be 1 in 100,000 trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion! And a single, minimally complex cell requires somewhere between 300 – 500 protein molecules!
This led biochemist Franklin M. Harold to say “We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical system, only a variety of wishful speculations.” As a sidebar, I have to say I admire the man’s faith! By his own description, you need a lot more faith to believe in pre-biotic natural selection, than to believe in God.
Let’s just say we get over the hump of life actually starting, there remains another fascinating hurdle for Darwinian evolution – something called irreducible complexity. Think of an eye. It has thousands of working parts. And the eye will not work at all without a large number of those parts. Darwinian evolution states that random mutations occur in life forms all the time, and those that are beneficial to the mutant give it an increased chance of survival, therefore an increased chance of procreating its own (mutated) genes, therefore spreading its mutation out into the species, thereby making the mutation mainstream. The problem is this – the chances of a life form without an eye, mutating an entire eye all at once, are so astronomical as to be safely in the realms of fantasy. The thousands of components that make up an eye would need to be mutated separately – and no single part of an eye is beneficial to a life form by itself. A mutation that was just one part of an eye would not give the creature a survival advantage, therefore it is highly unlikely that the mutation would be perpetuated into the mainstream of the species. A mutation of one part of an eye would die out before a second part of an eye was mutated, let alone the thousands of parts required for an eye to actually work and become an advantage for the life form. It is impossible for an eye to evolve under the rules of natural selection.
And it doesn’t just apply to incredibly complex things like eyes. The example of a flagellum is quoted in the book. This little thingy acts like an outboard motor for bacteria, and requires 30 – 35 proteins to form. Some of these proteins form the propeller (which, incidentally, can rotate at 10,000rpm – try getting the family sedan up there and see what mess you make!), others attach the propeller to the driveshaft, and others act as bushes, so that the driveshaft can penetrate the bacterial wall and connect to a “motor” inside! Each of these proteins would need to form by evolutionary mutation, and would be useless without the other proteins. It seems that natural selection is not really viable at the molecular level either.
I’ll finish with three great quotes contained in the book:
Darwin himself was honest enough to say in The Origin of the Species, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
George Sim Johnson, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said “Human DNA contains more organised information than the Encyclopaedia Britannica. If the full text of the encyclopaedia were to arrive in computer code from outer space, most people would regard this as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But when seen in nature, it is explained as the workings of random forces.”
Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA, said “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”
And finally, a MISQUOTE from the December 31, 1999 issue of Time Magazine, and a quote from the Bible:
“Charles Darwin didn’t want to murder God, as he once put it. Don’t worry, Charlie, you’re off the hook!”
“The wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Isaiah 29:14.
DHS Arrests American Priest in Philippines for Allegedly
Sexually Assaulting Alter Boys
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has arrested an American priest living in the Philippines for allegedly sexually assaulting at least seven altar boys. American officials apprehended the 77-year-old Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks on Wednesday in the community...MORE
UK Home office finally admits reason for underrepresentation of Christian refugees
The UK Home Office has finally acknowledged that Christian refugees in the Middle East are “reluctant” to enter the refugee camp system, but refuses to state this is because of persecution.
In response to a Freedom of Information request sent by a Barnabas Fund supporter, the Home Office admitted, “Minority groups may be more reluctant to go to camps. Many Christians live outside the camps and rely on churches and Christian support groups. .....More
Christian Persecution is Ignored Because There's No Word to Adequately Describe It, Says Bishop
While Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world, it's generally ignored because, unlike Muslims and Jews, Christians have no good word to describe it, a UK archbishop has said. Anba Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, said because there is no Christian equivalent for words such as "anti-Semitism" and "Islamophobia,"....More
Derby Cathedral banned vicar for not paying diocese "protection money"
A prominent evangelical vicar banned by Derby Cathedral from preaching at the Derby University Christian Union carol service says that cathedral
authorities blocked him from the pulpit because his church stopped paying contributions to the Diocese of York in 2017....More
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Is China's Totalitarian Social Credit System Coming To The US?
Recently, The Organic Prepper reported some shocking news of China's newest rollout: a social credit system. It's a system of surveillance and
governance using a social scoring system based on the state's perceived trustworthiness of the individual. Not only are social media and financial accounts tied into a person's "score" - much like a credit score ....More
Why Did God Create Woman?
This isn’t a popular thing to say in today’s culture, but God created man and woman. Gender was a deliberate thing. It is part of who we are and how we are made. Does that mean that all men act the same? Or all women act the same? No. Does it mean that a little girl that likes playing sports is a boy inside? ....More
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Turkey refuses entry to N. American Christian evangelist
Turkish immigration authorities refused to permit Canadian-American Christian David Byle to enter Turkey when he returned to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport last week. After living and ministering in Turkey for the past 19 years, the 49-year-old evangelist was told by police officials on his arrival on 20 November that a permanent re-entry ban had been filed against him......More
Anne Graham Lotz on finding strength in 1 Samuel 16:7 amid 'humiliating trauma' of losing hair to chemo
Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz has shared images of her shaved head after losing her hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and expressed her
thankfulness that God values other things above outward appearance. On Monday, Lotz posted an update on her battle against breast cancer..More
Australia: religious freedom in the balance
In Australia, religious freedom is facing its most serious threat to date. Throughout the nation’s short history, the idea that religious freedom is a fundamental human right has simply been taken for granted. Consequently, no legislation has ever been enacted to protect religious freedom.....More