Monday, March 7, 2011

Christian Resources

Well, it's been a little while since I've been able to sit and get some thoughts down.  I do apologize for that!  I always think that after the holidays are over that I will have all of this free time.  But then I realize that is just not the case!  February and March are full of doing taxes for friends and family and basketball practices and games for the kids.  Add to that mix a hubby who is coaching a second and third-grade basketball team, and various parties and get-togethers with family and friends, and you have a very busy family!  I don't really have an excuse for January, although we did get our bedroom painted that month.

Thankfully, things are starting to wind down for us some now. All the taxes for friends and family are done, and this is our last week of the basketball season.  I really do hope to get back to blogging much more regularly.  At least that's the plan for now, until the next whirlwind of activities is upon us!

I have several things on my mind to share, but I think what I want to do is share some information on some Christian Resources that I have been using/following lately.  We have been directed to some of these resources through our church.  One thing that our pastor believes in is getting good, Christian materials and information into our homes.  I have added some links to my side-bar that I hope you will take a look at.  They are great resources full of vast amounts of information. 

Obviously the Bible is our final authority, but you can learn a lot from others who have done in-depth studying, and who have a different perspective. We often have very informative visitors at our church who help to give us a Christian perspective on everything from dinosaurs to politics!  The world today is so secularized, that I think we often forget to go back to the basics and look through everything with a Biblical point of view rather than the worldly view that we are so used to.  It is amazing to me how clear things become when you go back to the Bible basics!

One resource that I am especially excited about is Answers in Genesis.  They recently did a fabulous conference at our church.  Talk about information overload!  I could go on forever about all of the interesting things that we learned, but you can take a peek for yourself if you visit their website.  I personally have never believed that the Earth was millions of years old, and I've only recently learned how the dinosaur fossils fit into the Creation equation, but these people really spelled everything out for us.  The fact of the matter is that we need to go back to the first 11 chapters of Genesis and hold them up to everything that scientists are trying to tell us.  If you do some research, you will find that scientists come up with new theories all the time.  Other scientists will challenge those theories, or even debunk them.  We need to remember that they are, in fact, theories and guesses, and often proven wrong. Christian scientists will show you how the fossil record, the ice age, and other major events on the Earth fit very nicely into the events surrounding Creation and the Great Flood.  They have a wonderful quarterly magazine that you can subscribe to as well as some terrific books and dvd's that you can purchase.  It really is some very exciting stuff!

On the flip side of all the excitement, however, is a much darker side.  If your children are in public schools, as ours currently are, take a look at their Science books.  You will, most likely, find several references to "millions of years ago", but that just does not fit Biblically.  Watch cartoons on television, and you find references there too.  Popular science magazines publish article after article based on new research and tout speculation as fact.  What is a little bit frightening to me is how we all just accept it.  The train of thought that the Earth is millions of years old has really only been around since the 1800's, and it really is nothing more than a theory.  Why then, is this what is being taught to our children, and why is it everywhere, and accepted as fact?  The purpose is to take us farther and farther away from God.  If you study your Bible, you already know that the farther away from God we are, the easier it is for our enemy, Satan, to defeat us.

There are other scientific theories that are damaging not only to a Biblical worldview, but even to a secular worldview they are very dangerous.  Some theories, such as humans being descended from apes, open the door to many ugly thought-processes.  If we choose to consider people to be nothing more than animals, then things such as discrimination, abortion and euthanasia could become commonplace, acceptable and even encouraged.  That may seem like a big jump in from one topic to the next, but take a look at some of the things that are going on in the world today.  Does it seem like life is highly valued based on the news reports we see daily?  The farther we get from God as our Creator, the uglier things get in the world.

I am not very well-versed in all of this, but if you want to be more educated, I highly recommend this website.  Their explanations are very down-to-earth and easy to understand.  They have wonderful resources for adults as well as children.  I would love to get some comments from those of you who check it out!

God Bless!

Here are some verses that I have been thinking about lately:

Genesis 1:1 ~"In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."

Genesis 1:26 ~"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every thing that creepeth upon the earth."

2 Timothy 3:13 ~ "But continue thou in the things which thou has learned and hast been assured of, knowing of who thou hast learned them;"


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