Rev. David Rives — Three Reasons

It was a slow news day, but suddenly the Drool-o-tron™, with its sirens and flashing lights, alerted us to the latest video from the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries, posted at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND).

Our computer was locked onto this headline: Why is it so important to take Genesis literally?, but the rev’s video is actually titled: “Is Genesis History?”

The rev tells us that Genesis is actual history, not myth. But why is that important? He gives us three reasons. (1) It’s a question of authority. Genesis says creation took six days! Man’s word is flawed and God’s word isn’t, so who ya gonna believe?

Here are the next two reasons: (2) If we start re-interpreting Genesis, where do we stop? (3) The truth of Genesis is vital, because if there were millions of years of death before sin, then death isn’t the penalty for sin, and the Gospel is meaningless. We can’t have that — it’s absurd!

The rev is dressed in a blue blazer with no necktie, but he has a hanky in his breast pocket. Very classy! There’s no doubt about it — he’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is only 3 minutes long before the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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WorldNetDaily: Scientists Are Doomed

Buffoon Award

It’s always a delight to visit the website of WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early Buffoon Award Winner. We’ve described them as a flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. It’s in their honor that our jolly Buffoon logo adorns this post.

They just posted Will scientists who reject God face greater judgment? It was written by David Lightsey, described as “a food and nutrition science adviser with the National Council Against Health Fraud as well as Quackwatch, combating nutrition and health misinformation on a national level. He is also a voting member with the Creation Research Society [Hee hee!] and an adjunct college professor in nutrition.” We found him listed at Bakersfield College, a California community college. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

There is a question I have had for many years based upon my 30 years of studying, writing, working and teaching in the science field. Are those who have a science degree and have rejected Christ going to be held more accountable before God based upon Romans 1:20? “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

A most serious question, and worthy of your close attention, dear reader. The nutritionist says:

The holder of a science degree has had a high level of exposure to irreducible complexity, information science and special design, clearly illustrating the existence of God and His attributes. How will this impact judgment before God, if one has been exposed extensively to these realities and still rejects Him? … Additionally, how does this rejection impact one’s science discernment and judgment, and is this one of the reasons for so much junk-science?

Wow — irreducible complexity, information, and design — all in one sentence! Ignoring them destroys your judgment, and that’s the cause of junk science. After that he tells us:

[People with a science degree] spend years, if not a lifetime, being exposed to an unlimited amount of detail of special design, and many still reject it. As a result, will their condemnation be greater? I believe so.

It’s only fair. The nutritionist continues:

Many will respond that what they see is death, dying and decay and that this does not present a valid picture of an omniscient God. But considering Genesis 3, it does, and understanding what Genesis 3 [about Adam & Eve getting tossed out of paradise] has done to the original orderliness of creation will assist the scientific understanding of the things around us as well as ourselves, not hinder it.

Then he tells a long story about how cholesterol was once thought to be unhealthy, but now it isn’t. He says:

We are all aware now that the 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines no longer demonize cholesterol, and there is a growing body of evidence illustrating saturated fat is not as problematic as once thought either. As usual, it is always just a matter of time before science catches up to Scripture. If decades ago, researchers used more discernment, which is the ability to think biblically, these long-standing food restrictions would not have been imposed.

Having made his case, the nutritionist ends with a quote from a preacher, identified earlier as “John MacArthur,” presumably John F. MacArthur, a young-earth creationist preacher with a radio show:

As Pastor MacArthur points out, “unfortunately, discernment is an area where most Christians stumble. They exhibit little ability to measure the things they are taught against the infallible standard of God’s Word, and they unwittingly engage in all kinds of unbiblical decision-making and behavior. In short, they are not armed to take a decidedly biblical stand against the onslaught of unbiblical thinking and attitudes that face them throughout their day.”

That’s it, dear reader. The message is clear — you’re doomed to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire!

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Creationist Wisdom #824: Facts Disprove Evolution

Today’s letter-to-the-editor brings us back to the Medicine Hat News of Medicine Hat in Alberta, Canada. According to Wikipedia, the city name is from the eagle tail feather headdress worn by Blackfoot medicine men. The letter is titled Complex world demands an intelligent creator, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Canon Ivor Ottrey, presumably of the St. Barnabas Anglican Church. We recently wrote about one of his letters in that same newspaper — see Creationist Wisdom #818: Scientific Proof. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s new letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Does the fossil record support evolution?

An intriguing question! Then the rev presents six facts. Here they are:

Fact 1. All life in the fossil record appears abruptly and fully formed, showing no intermediate fossils revealing change.

Right. Tiktaalik doesn’t exist, nor do any of the others in Wikipedia’s growing List of transitional fossils. This is the rev’s next fact:

Fact 2. Fossils of dinosaurs with soft tissue prove they are not millions of years old but fit into the Biblical young Earth.

Right again! But see this in the TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims: Soft dinosaur tissue. The rev continues:

Fact 3. Darwin himself was puzzled by the lack of fossil evidence to support evolution.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

Fact 4. Are mutations the result of evolution? No mutations are always a loss of information and never an increase.

[*Groan*] See New ‘Information’ from Gene Duplication. Another fact from the rev:

Fact 5. Dr. Stephen Gould, a famous paleontologist, stated “The absence of fossil evidence … has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution.

TalkOrigins has a rebuttal for that. It’s #50 here: The Quote Mine Project. Okay, this is the last of the rev’s facts:

Fact 6. It[‘]s universally accepted that “life only comes from life.” That rules out the possibility of life beginning by random chance.

Universally accepted! But the rev isn’t done yet. He tells us:

Further to that the amazing complexity of our human bodies, and indeed all forms of life down to the simplest cell, surely demands a highly intelligent designer as well as a creator which is precisely what God claims to be. This creator has revealed Himself through his word the Holy Bible and through the Lord Jesus Christ. This God has revealed Himself as Love whereas in evolution there is no love but only survival of the fittest.

Yes, evolution is loveless. Let’s read on:

Consider these mind-boggling facts scientists have discovered: In a single human cell of DNA there are three billion letters of information. In our bodies we have 75 trillion to 100 trillion cells. Such complexity demands an intelligent creator who has revealed himself both in his word and in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Only a fool would deny that complexity demands an intelligent creator. And now we come to the end:

Remember, life only comes from life and Jesus in John 14:6 declared “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

No one can argue with that. Great letter, rev!

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Alabama Senate Race Free Fire Zone

As many of you know, today there’s a special election in Alabama today for a US Senate seat. The candidates are Republican Roy Moore, a hard-core creationist endorsed by Trump, and Democrat Doug Jones.

Here’s Wikipedia’s write-up on Roy Moore. They say:

Moore attended West Point and served as a military police company commander in the Vietnam War. After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, he joined the Etowah County district attorney’s office, and later became a circuit judge. Moore was elected to the position of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in 2001, but was removed from his position in November 2003 by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary for refusing a federal court’s order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments he had installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.

Moore was again elected Chief Justice in 2013, but was suspended in May 2016, for directing probate judges to continue to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage despite the fact that this had been deemed unconstitutional. . Following an unsuccessful appeal, Moore resigned in April 2017, and announced that he would run for the United States Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions upon Sessions’s confirmation as Attorney General of the United States.

They also say:

Moore rejects the theory of evolution, saying “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” … In a 1997 speech, Roy Moore claimed that teaching evolution in schools led to an increase in drive-by shootings, arguing that “they’re acting like animals because we’ve taught them they come from animals.

That’s bad enough, but then there are the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations, which are too grotesque to describe here.

This is Wikipedia’s write-up on Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones. They describe his career and his views — which are, shall we say, a bit less spectacular than Moore’s.

Because today’s the election, we have a few websites that say they’ll give up-to-date election results as they are available. If one fails, another should work. They are:

• CBS News: Live results: Alabama Senate race and exit polls

• New York Times: Live Alabama Election Results: Roy Moore and Doug Jones Compete for Senate Seat

• Washington Post: Moore vs. Jones: Alabama Senate race live results

The polls close at 8:00, Eastern time. That’s less than fifteen minutes away.

If that isn’t enough excitement, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You know the rules. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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