Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fire Breathing Dinosaurs in the Bible?



Ok these kids did it to me again. The question two weeks ago is why does the Bible say nothing about dinosaurs?  

Here is my answer. Now when we look into the question what I really hear being asked is “The Bible must be wrong because it does not say anything about Dinosaurs” But the assumption is just wrong

There are many animals the Bible never specifically mentions, including cats, kangaroos, elephants, aardvarks, anteaters, platypuses, and penguins. Should we say that these animals never existed? To say that these animals do not cohabit the Earth with man because the Bible does not mention them, would, of course, be false. To assume dinosaurs and humans never lived together because “the Bible doesn’t mention dinosaurs,” is equally erroneous.

Conclusion; Simply because the Scriptures do not mention an animal does not mean that the Bible teaches the animal never existed. 

For a hundred years scientist said there was a dinosaur called a brontosaurus. Most of the children dinosaur books are covered with pictures of this gigantic animal with long neck and legs like tree trunks. Even museums are filled with false skeletons which are nothing more the figments of man’s imagination that are supposed to be this animal. Today scientist have admitted they were all wrong there is no such thing as a brontosaurus. 


Conclusion; simply because science Does mention and teach us in school about an animal does not mean it really existed!


In 1822, Mary Ann Mantell became the first person to discover these strange bones. Her husband, Dr. Gideon Mantell, later named this creature an “Iguanodon.” Paleontologists have been in a constant race to discover new and better dinosaurs. And Truth has not been there big feature!

Now let talk about what the Bible does say.


28 times the bible uses the word tanniyn (H8577)
but each time  modern translations gives it a different  name, sometimes is called Great Whale ( Gen 1:21)  Sometimes serpent (Ex 7:12) and sometimes dragon (psalm 74:1)  but strong concordance says it could also be translated as Sea Monster or Dinosaur.(
tanniyn BLB)  


Conclusion; Simply because there was no word for dinosaur when the bible was written the word dinosaurs was not used



But there is more.
In Job 40:15-24 speaks of a behemoth (H929) which some bible translate as hippopotamus or elephant. However, Strong’s Concordance defines this as a Dinosaur more specifically Diplodocus or Brachiosaurus, and says of those Bibles that translate behemoth as elephant or hippopotamus as simply absurd. (see description from the book of Job)
    

Some translate as elephant or hippopotamus but from the description in Job 40:15-24, this is patently absurd. (Behemoth BlB)



Conclusion; If the Bible describes a Brachiosaurus, when  it ( the Bible) was translated into English and no one has ever heard of  a Brachiosaurus at that time, then it goes to reason that the nomenclature was incorrect. (Remember the Bible was written x many years before anyone knew what a dinosaur was)


Six time the Bible speaks of a Leviathan; (H3882) however Job 41 gives the best description of this sea creature. 
His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.  One is so near to another that no air can come between them.  They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. (vs 15-17)

 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.  The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.  Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.  Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. (Vs 27-30)

Yet somehow from this description some Bible version describe this creature as crocodile or an alligator.  However, Strong’s Concordance give us a very different story.  It says “leviathan, is sea monster, dragon  perhaps the extinct dinosaur, plesiosaurus. But this thing Strong make perfectly clear it not an Alligator or Crocodile.

Some think this to be a crocodile but from the description in Job 41:1-34 this is patently absurd. It appears to be a large fire breathing animal of some sort. Just as the bomardier beetle has an explosion producing mechanism, so the great sea dragon may have an explosive producing mechanism to enable it to be a real fire breathing dragon.
(leviathan BLB)

Conclusion; The Bible does not speak of many animals which we know exist, not mentioning an animal does not mean it did not exist or does not still exist.  Just because scientist says an animal Did exist does not mean it really did, Science had a very long track record of contradicting the bible only to latter be proven incorrect.   Yet the Bible never changes Science does.




Bibliography

Hebrew Lexicon :: Behemoth H930 (KJV). Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H930&t=KJV
Hebrew Lexicon :: Leviathan H3882 (KJV). Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H3882&t=KJV
Hebrew Lexicon :: tanniyn H8577 (KJV). Retrieved from http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8577&t=KJV



Saturday, August 16, 2014

God helps those that help themselves..



 God Helps Those that Help Themselves,
and other prideful lies of the
self-sufficient



The question from Linkedin was "Does the Bible teach that Christians should pull themselves up by their own boot straps?" Here we must address not our opinion but what does the Bible say?  The only way we can be sure of what the Bible says is to go to the Bible  Psalm 127:1-2  teaches “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.”
Leviticus 26:19-20 “and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.”

Here we see the futility of trying to accomplish anything without God. Pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps, is being zealous for our will not God’s  it may appear to be the will of God but hidden in self-sufficiency is pride and self-worship.
Consider the disciple Peter, who was more zealous for Christ them he? In Matthews 26:33 he proclaims “Even if everyone else deserts You, I will never desert You.” When Jesus tells him of his denial Peter insisted “No!”. “Even if I have to die with You, I will never deny You!”
Peter thought that he could stand by Jesus in his own strength, however, as we all know this was not true. From this we can that zealot doing even for God, or what we think is God’s will is our own self-sufficiency and pride and they always lead to denying Christ. Whenever we say “I can do it” we are saying “I don’t need Christ”
But John 15:5   Jesus tells us we can do nothing without him. Some people think this means only spiritual things, but when we consider God who sustains us, we see that everything we do, even the very breath we take is because of Him 2Cor 3:5 tells us that our sufficiency ( even our self- sufficiency) is from God.  Paul reminds us we should glory in our infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2Cor 12:9)
Nowhere is the Bible does it ever say “God helps those that help themselves” yet this lie has been perpetuated in the church as the truth. When you combine this lie with the world, that teaches we must become self-sufficient, is there any wonder we have missed the mark for what God's will is for the Christian? Please brothers and sisters don't be fooled by the world The devil want you to help yourself that is a state of pride, however,  God’s desire is that we lean on him in every part of your life.
Let us pray;


Dear Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me if I have ever though that I could do something apart from you, if I have put on the fa├žade of self-sufficiency, pride, egoism it has only been to make myself appear some way to men. I know that these thoughts are a result of my lack of trust in you, and the lie that I can do something apart from you.
My God, please help my lack of trust, my unbelief, teach me how to live totally dependent on You. Not on my abilities, or another man’s promises, but on You alone.
Father, I know it is only you that have the ability to do those things which need to be done in my life. But if these things that I hope for never get done on this side of Your glory, teach me to understand that Your Grace is sufficient in my life.
In Jesus’ Name I pray Amen.