Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How old is the universe... biblically speaking?

How old is the universe... 

biblically speaking?

How old is this universe according to scripture? Can we look to scripture to even help us understand this?
(This article is not exhaustive but an overview using the information available in scripture to frame a basic understanding)

Archbishop James Usher, a great scholar, who lived from 1581 to 1656, added all the genealogical chronological records of Scripture and said that he felt that the creation occurred in 4004B.C. So is the world, the universe...6000 years old?

Starting from chapter 5 onwards we see a sequence… "he lived so many years and had a son, then he lived so many years and had a son". Six days from the creation of the universe to the creation of man. From the first man Adam to the Flood we have 1,656 years. 

Then Genesis 11 gives the chronology from the Flood to Abraham. It starts out with the children of Noah (verse 10) and goes right down to Abraham, that's 225 years. 
Six days + 1,656 years + 225 years. So under 2,000 years and we are at Abraham.

Genesis 12 starts with Abraham and go through the Old Testament historical books. Proceed through those books and you have the chronology from Abraham to the Babylonian captivity.

From Abraham to the Babylonian captivity..   430 years in Egypt + 40 years in the wilderness + 7 years conquering Canaan + 350 years of the Judges + 110 years of the United Kingdom under Saul, David and Solomon + 350 years under the divided kingdom of Judah and Israel + then we have the Babylonian captivity, 70 years + the return and the rebuilding 140 years. 

So, from Abraham to the return and rebuilding of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the nation Israel is about 1,500 years (1,497 added up).

Following the rebuilding and the restoration, at the end now of the Old Testament, we have 400 years of silence. 
So total about 2000 years, 

From the creation to Abraham is about 2000 years. 
From Abraham to the New Testament is about 2000 years. 
From the beginning of the New Testament to now is about +2000 years.

So even if there were "gaps" in the chronology the overall sequence from creation to date gives us a fairly clear picture of how old the world, this universe is.

[With thanks to John MacArthur for the historical data]

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Old Earth Creation (OEC), is it Biblical?

Is the OEC view Biblical?
(By 'Biblical' I mean by accurate exegesis of the scriptures alone)

4 reasons why I don't believe the OEC view is biblical:

1. The Scriptures (66 books of the bible) do not support a 4.5 byo earth/creation

2. The Hebrew word "yom" which could mean 'a long period of time' but is always means 'day' when accompanied by a number, cannot be forced to mean 4.5 billion years

3. Everything God did as recorded in scripture had a purpose. There is no Doctrinal purpose for a 4.5byo Earth (or a 13.7 byo universe) in scripture.

4. Science is necessary to explain the OEC view. However science is not a hermeneutic for interpreting scripture. Science is not a principle of interpretation, therefore science is not required in interpreting Genesis or any other potion of scripture - Understanding this is key to the above challenge!

Because of the above 4 reasons I believe the OEC view should not be considered Biblical or part of the Christian worldview.

The above does in no way challenge the authenticity of the faith & salvation of those who hold the OEC view.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Repentance and Salvation

Repentance is a synonym for Salvation.
There can be no believing without repentance.
There can be no salvation without repentance.
[Acts 17:30-31, 20:21, 26:20, Rom. 2:4]

- John MacArthur

The doctrine of repentance is the missing note in many otherwise orthodox and fundamentally sound circles today. 
Professed preachers of grace, who, like the antinomians of old, decry the necessity of repentance lest it seem to invalidate the freedom of grace.

Shallow preaching that does not grapple with the terrible fact of man's sinfulness and guilt, calling on all men everywhere to repent, results in shallow conversions. And so we have myraids of glib-tongued professors today who give no evidence of regeneration whatever. Pratting of salvation by grace, they manifest no grace in their lives. Loudly declaring they are justified by faith alone, they fail to remember that faith without works is dead, and that justification by works before men is not to be ignored as though it were in contradiction to justification by faith before God.

- Dr. Harry A. Ironside [From the book 'Except Ye Repent]

There must be a true and actual abandonment of sin and a turning unto righteousness in real act and deed in everyday life. repentance to be sure must be entire. How many will say "Sir, I will renounce this sin and the other but there are certain darling lusts which is must keep and hold" Oh Sirs, in God's name let me tell you. 

It is not the giving up of one sin nor fifty sins which is true repentance. It is the solemn renunciation of every sin. If thou doest harbor one of those accursed vipers in thy heart, and doest give up every other, that one lust like one leak in a ship will sink thy soul. Think it not sufficient to give up thy outward vices fancy it not enough to cut off the more corrupt sins of of thy life, it is all or none that God demands. Repent says HE, and when He bids you repent, HE means repent of all thy sins otherwise He can never accept thy repentance as real and genuine. 

All sin must be given up or else you will never have Christ. All transgression must be renounced or else the gates of heaven must be barred against you. Let us remember then that for repentance to be sincere it must be entire repentance. True repentance is a turning of the heart as well as of the life. It is the giving up of the whole soul to God to be HIS forever and ever. It is the renunciation of the sins of the heart as well as the crimes of the life.

-CH Spurgeon

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Dating Game

Found some good write-ups on C14 dating and it's accuracy.

The Dating Game:

What is Carbon 14 dating?​/pdfs/cabook/chapter4.pdf

Friday, June 10, 2011

O Great God

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

the bruised reed

excerpt from "The Bruised Reed" By Richard Sibbes

God's children are bruised reeds before their conversion and oftentimes after. Before conversion all (except such as, being brought up in the church, God has delighted to show himself gracious to from their childhood) are bruised reeds, yet in different degrees, as God sees fit. And as there are differences with regard to temperament, gifts and manner of life, so there are in God's intention to use men in the time to come; for usually he empties such of themselves, and makes them nothing, before he will use them in any great services.


The bruised reed is a man that for the most part is in some misery, as those were that came to Christ for help, and by misery he is brought to see sin as the cause of it, for, whatever pretences sin makes, they come to an end when we are bruised and broken. He is sensible of sin and misery, even unto bruising; and, seeing no help in himself, is carried with restless desire to have supply from another, with some hope, which a little raises him out of himself to Christ, though he dare not claim any present interest of mercy. This spark of hope being opposed by doubtings and fears rising from corruption makes him as smoking flax; so that both these together, a bruised reed and smoking flax, make up the state of a poor distressed man. This is such an one as our Saviour Christ terms `poor in spirit' (Matt. 5:3), who sees his wants, and also sees himself indebted to divine justice. He has no means of supply from himself or the creature, and thereupon mourns, and, upon some hope of mercy from the promise and examples of those
that have obtained mercy, is stirred up to hunger and thirst after it.


This bruising is required before conversion that so the Spirit may make way for himself into the heart by leveling all proud, high thoughts, and that we may understand ourselves to be what indeed we are by nature. We love to wander from ourselves and to be strangers at home, till God bruises us by one cross or other, and then we `begin to think', and come home to ourselves with the prodigal (Luke 15:17). It is a very hard thing to bring a dull and an evasive heart to cry with feeling for mercy. Our hearts, like criminals, until they be beaten from all evasions, never cry for the mercy of the judge.

Again, this bruising makes us set a high price upon Christ. Then the gospel becomes the gospel indeed; then the fig leaves of morality will do us no good. And it makes us more thankful, and, from thankfulness, more fruitful in our lives; for what makes many so cold and barren, but that bruising for sin never endeared God's grace to them?

Likewise this dealing of God establishes us the more in his ways, having had knocks and bruisings in our own ways. This is often the cause of relapses and apostasy, because men never smarted for sin at the first; they were not long enough under the lash of the law. Hence this inferior work of the Spirit in bringing down high thoughts (2 Cor. 10:5) is necessary before conversion. And, for the most part, the Holy Spirit, to further the work of conviction, joins with it some affliction, which, when sanctified, has a healing and purging power.

After conversion we need bruising so that reeds may know themselves to be reeds, and not oaks. Even reeds need bruising, by reason of the remainder of pride in our nature, and to let us see that we live by mercy. Such bruising may help weaker Christians not to be too much discouraged, when they see stronger ones shaken and bruised. Thus Peter was bruised when he wept bitterly (Matt. 26:75). This reed, till he met with this bruise, had more wind in him than pith when he said, `Though all forsake thee, I will not' (Matt. 26:33). The people of God cannot be without these examples. The heroic deeds of those great worthies do not comfort the church so much as their falls and bruises do. Thus David was bruised until he came to a free confession, without guile of spirit (Psa. 32:3 5); nay, his sorrows did rise in his own feeling unto the exquisite pain of breaking of bones (Psa. 51:8). Thus Hezekiah complains that God had `broken his bones' as a lion (Isa. 38:13). Thus the chosen vessel Paul needed the messenger of Satan to buffet him lest he should be lifted up above measure (2 Cor. 12:7).

Hence we learn that we must not pass too harsh judgment upon ourselves or others when God exercises us with bruising upon bruising. There must be a conformity to our head, Christ, who `was bruised for us' (Isa. 53:5) that we may know how much we are bound unto him.

Ungodly spirits, ignorant of God's ways in bringing his children to heaven, censure broken hearted
Christians as miserable persons, whereas God is doing a gracious, good work with them. It is no easy matter to bring a man from nature to grace, and from grace to glory, so unyielding and intractable are our hearts.

Christ Will Not Break the Bruised Reed

In pursuing his calling, Christ will not break the bruised reed, nor quench the smoking flax, in which more is meant than spoken, for he will not only not break nor quench, but he will cherish those with whom he so deals.

i started a blog...

i started a blog, which started the whole world crying,
but I didn't see that the blog was on me, oh no.
i started to blog, which started the whole world laughing,
oh, if I'd only seen that the blog was on me.
i looked at the skies, running my hands over my eyes,
and I fell out of bed, hurting my head from things that i'd said....

three things to expect from this blog - cry, laugh or a headache.
moto for this blog? 'kiss' - keep it simple senewiratne 
...from the header, typeface to typestyle