Today is November 7, 2018

Verse of the Day — John 6:47

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God doesn’t make it difficult for us to be saved.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

This is one of the clearest and most succinct verses in the Bible describing the way of salvation. It’s not by works, not by law-keeping, not by church membership, not by being good, but simply by believing by faith that Jesus paid for your sins on the cross.

The simplicity of the gospel is accentuated even more in the following verses:

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may have eternal life. —John 3:14-15

The Biblical account of the snakes biting the Israelites in the wilderness is very simple (Numbers 21:6-9). Moses was told to put a bronze snake high on a pole. When someone was bitten, all they had to do was “look” at the pole with the snake and they would not die. In the same way, anyone who sees that they are sinful (snake bite) and by faith looks to Jesus for salvation from his/her sin, will be saved.

And PTL, you can’t have eternal life today and not have eternal life tomorrow!

The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived. —Numbers 21:6-9


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In a recent GML you mentioned that the Bible indicates that the world is about 6000 years old. I’m not positive, but haven’t we found dinosaur bones dating much further back than 6000 years? I’m really perplexed by the issue of dinosaurs and prehistoric man in general. I’ve never heard anyone address this. How do we explain this as Christians?


ANSWER:

Many, if not most, people believe that there is scientific proof that the world is billions of years old, but it is simply not true. For starters, we believe the Bible is one hundred percent accurate; therefore, we can trust what Jesus said over any scientist. And Jesus said the earth started with two humans, not two rocks that evolved into humans.

from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. —Mark 10:6

But when faced with purportedly “scientific evidence” that the world is billions of years old, should we declare the Bible wrong, or should we look closely at the “evidence?” We think the latter. We’ll take Jesus’ words over any mortal human. Hey, we’ll take Jesus’ words over anything . . . period!!!

There is no “proof” that the earth is billions of years old. You may have heard that carbon dating was used to prove the earth’s age, but that is impossible. Carbon dating, based on the ratio of Carbon-14 and Carbon-12, sometimes referred to as Carbon 14 Dating, CANNOT date rocks. It can only date something that is or has been a living organism.

In a simple explanation, carbon has unique properties that are essential for life on earth. A bone, or a leaf, shrub or tree, has a measurable amount of carbon. As soon as something dies, the amount of carbon begins to decrease. Working backwards, anything that has detectable carbon 14 MUST be less than 40-50 thousand years old because the carbon would have diminished/disappeared altogether by then.

However, not all organisms lose their carbon at the same rate. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere has NOT been constant. For example, it was higher before the Industrial Revolution when massive amounts of fossil fuels began burning, which caused the carbon to decrease. This caused things which died at that time to date older when carbon tested. Volcanic eruptions affect the carbon content. And, of course, the flood of Noah would have changed the earth drastically—and there’s no way to measure the “before.”

The best carbon dating tests come from dated graves, but even so, because of the many anomalies, even non-Christian archaeologists regard carbon dating as unreliable.

There are other methods scientists use to date rocks, but assumptions have to be made. For instance, to measure isotope concentrations, you must first ASSUME that rocks have been around for billions of years. Then the amount of isotopes is linked to that ASSUMPTION. If you assume that the rocks are 6000 to 10000 years old, you obviously have a different set of results.

Compass has a very informative and quite entertaining DVD that gives a lot of scientific information in this area. It’s called Exposing Naked Fossils, by Mike Riddle.

You can download and watch this DVD from the Compass Digital Store by clicking on the title below—no credit/debit card needed. Enter the discount/coupon code “GML” and it will be free.

Exposing Naked Fossils – Mike Riddle

Or you can order this DVD to be mailed to you also by clicking the title above and choosing that option or by calling 800-977-2177.

An additional resource is Scientific Evidences For A 6000-Year-Old Earth by Russ Miller.

You can download and watch this DVD from the Compass Digital Store by clicking on the title below—no credit/debit card needed. Enter the discount/coupon code “GML” and it will be free.

Scientific Evidences For A 6000 Year-Old Earth – Russ Miller

Or you can order this DVD to be mailed to you also by clicking the title above and choosing that option or by calling 800-977-2177.

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