Ken Ham – Was There Death Before Adam Sinned?

Which history of death do you accept?

Annie’s cruel death destroyed Charles’s tatters of beliefs in a moral, just universe. Later he would say that this period chimed the final death-knell for his Christianity…Charles [Darwin] now took his stand as an unbeliever.”

When Charles Darwin wrote his famous book On the Origin of Species, he was in essence writing a history concerning death. In the conclusion of the chapter entitled “On the Imperfections of the Geological Record,” Darwin wrote, “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows.”

From his evolutionary perspective on the origin of life, Darwin recognized that death had to be a permanent part of the world. Undoubtedly, he struggled with this issue as he sought to reconcile some sort of belief in God with the death and suffering he observed all around him, and which he believed had gone on for millions of years.

This struggle came to a climax with the death of his daughter Annie — said to be “the final death-knell for his Christianity.”

Belief in evolution and/or millions of years necessitates that death has been a part of history since life first appeared on this planet. The fossil layers (containing billions of dead things) supposedly represent the history of life over millions of years. As Carl Sagan is reported to have said, “The secrets of evolution are time and death.”

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Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge – Atheism is Religion

Almost all atheists claim that, because (supposedly) there is no God, their own worldview is not a religion. Many of them would argue that they have a “nonbelief.”

One of the definitions of religion in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, however, is this: “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”

Atheism certainly fits that definition, and many of its adherents are quite zealous about their faith system.

Atheists have an active belief system with views concerning origins (that the universe and life arose by natural processes); no life after death; the existence of God; how to behave while alive; and so much more. Honest atheists will admit their worldview is a faith. Atheism is a religion!

One candid atheist wrote, “My attitude is not based on science, but rather on faith . . . . The absence of a Creator, the non-existence of God is my childhood faith, my adult belief, unshakable and holy.”

The Religion of Atheism Is Growing

This secular (anti-God) religion of atheism is growing. Atheism is all around us in various forms. It is practiced (and funded) by almost all government schools. In essence atheism has become the religion of the state, and it pervades the media, courts, museums, textbooks, the internet, science journals, and influences many people you encounter.

About 90% of children from our church homes attend government schools. Your kids and grandkids have likely been adversely influenced by this religion…and they may not have even realized it.

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Greg Hall and Ken Ham – The High Stakes of Good Thinking: The Age of the Earth

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind (Luke 10:27; NIV)

When the Psalmist declared, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” it was never more true than as it relates to the functioning of the human mind. Our cognitive abilities are an endowment from our Creator. Over the course of a lifetime, these abilities are squandered or developed. In fact, the greatest change and development in your life comes from your personal attention to your ability to grow in your power to think and reason. The Apostle
Paul put it like this in Romans 12:2:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Here again is the importance of worldview. It will be the framework for human thinking. Worldview is all about making decisions about what ideas you will think about, embrace, and apply to your life. Christian worldview is about discovering the ideas, thoughts, values, and perspectives of Jesus Christ. It is applying these concepts to our lives in such a way that Christ can be woven into the fabric of our lives.

If we are going to bear the marks of a Christian mind, it is time to engage with the person and work of Jesus Himself in ways yet unrealized. To “have the mind of Christ” is what the Scripture promises us. But you cannot know it from a distance. You do not see it from a long way off — you must get up close. And you certainly don’t see it vicariously, through someone else’s experiences. Stop blindly reading and listening to what others say about Christ. Go to Scripture, read, meditate, pray, and find out what He says to you. Others’ experiences may bring clarity to understanding the mind of Christ, but it will never bring reality.

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Ken Ham and Tim Lovett – Was There Really a Noah’s Ark & Flood?

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The account of Noah and the Ark is one of the most widely known events in the history of mankind. Unfortunately, like other Bible accounts, it is often taken as a mere fairy tale.

The Bible, though, is the true history book of the universe, and in that light, the most-asked questions about the Ark and Flood of Noah can be answered with authority and confidence.
How Large Was Noah’s Ark?

The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits (Genesis 6:15).

Unlike many whimsical drawings that depict the Ark as some kind of overgrown houseboat (with giraffes sticking out the top), the Ark described in the Bible was a huge vessel. Not until the late 1800s was a ship built that exceeded the capacity of Noah’s Ark.

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The dimensions of the Ark are convincing for two reasons: the proportions are like that of a modern cargo ship, and it is about as large as a wooden ship can be built. The cubit gives us a good indication of size.1 Using the most likely cubit length, an ancient royal cubit of at least 20.4 inches (0.518 m), we know that the Ark must have been no less than 510 feet (155 m) long, 85 feet (26 m) wide, and 51 feet (15.5 m) high. In the Western world, wooden sailing ships never got much longer than about 330 feet (100 m), yet the ancient Greeks built vessels at least this size 2,000 years earlier. China built huge wooden ships in the 1400s that may have been as large as the Ark. The biblical Ark is one of the largest wooden ships of all time—a mid-sized cargo ship by today’s standards.

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Ken Ham – Confusion Across the Campus

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God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Cor. 14:33)

The uniqueness of Christianity, as Greg Hall shared with us in the last chapter, must always be at the forefront of our minds. Yes, a war over worldviews is being waged across the globe. The battles are intensely fierce on the campuses of both secular and Christian colleges and universities. Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in the fight that we forget the cause. We are not fighting for some obscure ideology, for some sort of social morality, or even for political integrity. What we’re fighting for is truth.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; NKJV). Why do we fight for the authority of Scripture? Because the message Scripture proclaims has the power to set captives free and to liberate those who are living in the shackles of lies that bind them to the world system. When Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” in John 14:6, He claimed to be the one and only way to the Father, to a life of liberty, peace, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Truly the Bible contains the most valuable and precious message on earth and for all eternity. God has placed it in our care to share it, protect it, defend it, and live it. Jude 1:3 boldly calls us to this stance:

I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people (NIV).

The words that Peter wrote nearly 2,000 years ago are as true today as they ever have been:

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Pet. 3:13–15).

Are Christian colleges and universities living up to this verse today? Are we?

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Avery Foley and Ken Ham – Atheism: Hopeless, Meaningless, Purposeless

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In our secular Western culture, the religion of atheism is on the rise, especially among the millennial generation. Young people are increasingly abandoning the religion they grew up with and turning to life without God. But all they’ve done is replace one religion with another one — the religion of atheism.

The Religion of Atheism

Now, when I call atheism a religion on social media, many atheists get very upset. They hate having atheism referred to as a religion or a belief system. But that’s exactly what it is. One of the definitions of religion is:

A cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.1
Atheism is a system of beliefs that atheists cling to with both ardor and faith. Below are some of the tenets of this belief system. Notice that none of them are scientifically proven (and even go against science!)—that’s where atheists’ faith comes in. They accept these assertions based on faith that they are true.

– There is no God or gods.
– There is no supernatural.
– Everything is the result of naturalistic processes over time.
– Life evolved from a single-celled organism.
– Death is the end — when you’re dead, that’s it.

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Ken Ham – Conflict Between the Classrooms

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But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you” (1 Cor. 12:20–21).

I was having lunch with a highly educated man some time ago when he turned and asked with a slight air of cynicism, “Do you take a religious view of Genesis or the scientific view?”

I responded this way, “Let me ask you a question. Can you define for me in the context of this conversation what you mean by the term ‘scientific’?” There was a long silence. “Hmmm, I don’t really know. I haven’t really thought about that,” he admitted.

Part of the problem we see in Christian colleges that are already compromised is that most people haven’t thought about that! Most people think that the battle over creation and evolution is being fought between “science” and “religion.” But there are two problems with this thinking:

Most people can’t define the word “science,” and thus they end up misunderstanding how the word is used in our modern world.

Most people have an incorrect understanding of the word “religion” and, as a result, falsely think in terms of neutrality and nonreligion versus religion.

The primary dictionary definition of the word science is basically “knowledge.” We need to understand that one can have knowledge concerning what happened in the past (e.g., the origins issue). This is called “historical science.” However, this knowledge is based on certain assumptions about the past. If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions reached will likely be wrong and we will misunderstand history. Understanding the assumptions used to build historical knowledge is extremely important.

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Ken Ham – Needed Today: Hezekiah Reformers

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The next time you’re tempted to despair at the hopelessness of our modern church, consider Hezekiah. He faced similar challenges — and overcame them.

As the president of Answers in Genesis, the ministry that produces this magazine, my mind constantly turns to the sad state of Christianity today and what Bible-believing Christians can do to turn things around. The task seems impossibly great, and the challenges overwhelming.

I was rereading our ministry’s mission statement, and the Lord brought something to my mind that should encourage and warn every believer who is burdened to reach this world with the gospel.

Our ministry’s official goal is “to support the church in fulfilling its commission.” To accomplish this goal, our vision statement says, “Answers in Genesis is a catalyst to bring reformation by reclaiming the foundations of our faith which are found in the Bible, from the very first verse.”

Note that our vision involves “bringing reformation.”

When we think of the word reformation, Christians usually think of the great reformer Martin Luther. However, there were reformers long before Martin Luther from whom we can learn many lessons. One of the most valuable examples comes from the Bible itself, the reformer King Hezekiah. God ensured that details about his life and reforms would be written down in His holy Word, so we could learn from what he did and be challenged in our own walk of faith.

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Ken Ham – What is the Gospel?

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Understanding the foundational aspects of the gospel in Genesis is a vital key to unlock a powerful method of evangelism to reach the world for Christ.

Surely the answer to this question is obvious to the average Christian. The word gospel means “good news.” When Christians talk about the gospel, they are presenting the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection. As Paul states in 1 Corinthians 15:1–4,

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

Paul doesn’t end his explanation of the gospel here. Note very carefully how Paul explains the gospel message later in this same passage:

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. … And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit (1 Corinthians 15:12–45).

Notice that in explaining why Jesus died, Paul went to the book of Genesis and its account of Adam and the Fall. In other words, one cannot really understand the good news in the New Testament of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and thus payment for sin, until one understands the bad news in Genesis of the fall of man, and thus the origin of sin and its penalty of death.

I’ll never forget the phone call I received from a pastor’s wife. It went something like this: “Our church can’t come to your seminar,’ she said to me.

“Why not?” I replied.

“Well, you insist on taking Genesis as literal history. But Genesis is not that important—it’s not that essential what one believes about Genesis. Why can’t we just agree on the essentials of Christianity?’

“So what do you mean by the essentials?” I asked.

She answered, “The fact that we’re all sinners and that Jesus Christ died for our sin. This is what is essential to Christianity. Believing in a literal Genesis is certainly not essential.” She then went on and asked me, “If someone is born again as the Bible defines, but doesn’t believe in a literal Genesis as you do, is he saved and going to heaven?”

“Well,” I replied, “if he is truly born again, even if he doesn’t believe in a literal Genesis, of course he is saved and going to heaven.”

“See,” she blurted out, “Genesis is not essential—what Jesus Christ did on the cross is what is essential to Christianity.”

I then asked, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?”

“Go ahead,” she responded.

“Why did Jesus die on the Cross?”

She immediately answered, “For our sin.”

“And, what do you mean by sin?” I inquired.

“Rebellion,” came the answer.

I then asked, “Could you please tell me how you came to define sin as rebellion? Is that your idea or someone else’s idea? I’ve even heard some people define sin as ‘a lack of self-esteem.’ On what basis have you determined sin means rebellion? Where did you get that definition?”

And her response? “I know what you’re trying to do!” she declared. She realized that I had her boxed in. She didn’t want to admit that without Genesis, she could not answer the question. Because the meaning of anything (like sin) is dependent on its origin, you could not define sin without referring to the literal event of the Fall in Genesis. The literal rebellion of Adam, as recorded in Genesis, is the foundation necessary to understanding the meaning of sin.

What was I trying to do? Simply this: to demonstrate that the only way we can define sin as rebellion is if there was a literal rebellion. The reason we are all sinners is because, as Paul clearly states, we are all descendants of the first man, Adam. Because there was a literal first Adam, who was in a literal garden, with a literal tree, and took a literal fruit when tempted by a literal serpent, thus there was a literal Fall, which was a literal rebellion.

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Book Review – Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation

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When it comes to the next generation of believers, the body of Christ has a serious problem. Many young people, especially those going off to college, do not return back to the fold meaning something leads them to stray from the faith. The statistics are startling and should be cause for alarm. In his books Already Gone and Already Comprised, Ken Ham took an in-depth look at what is causing this departure. To a large degree, the problem resides in the serious lack of biblical truth being taught in churches today beginning in the foundational book of Genesis. With those core foundations being rejected, it is no wonder many other key issues of the faith have come under fire with the result being this mass departure by the youth with many never returning.

In his follow up book aptly titled Ready to Return: Bringing Back the Church’s Lost Generation, Ham saliently outlines some key strategies for correcting the issues identified in his previous two books on this subject matter. He challenges the popular approach of acquiescing to post-modern thought and cultural relevance at the expense of biblical truth and dares to suggest that in order to fix the departure problem of our youth, it might just make good sense to get back to sound biblical teaching, jettisoning the compromising positions far too many churches have taken over the years.

Now Ken Ham makes it quite clear where he stands on issues such as origins. He is after all head of a young earth creationist organization and thus is very passionate about that particular subject. There will be many who might question whether the book of Genesis or origins in general has anything really to do with the problem we are seeing with the youth in our churches departing and not returning. As evinced in Ham’s previous books, the statistics and interviews with those youth reveal the questioning of what can be considered as foundational biblical precepts, in particular the truths found in Genesis was just that – the genesis for their departure. Ham reiterates the startling statistics in this book just in case there is any question as to the root of the problem.

He challenges the church to “repent of our low view of Scripture, humble ourselves, and learn the lesson God taught the Israelites in Deuteronomy 8:3”. A proper defense of the faith must stem from a high view of Scripture and that high view must infiltrate every aspect of how we approach, understand, apply, and teach the truth of God’s Word. As Ham aptly notes, having a high view of Scripture “is the cure for our blindness and the blandness so prevalent in the Church today.”

I appreciated Ham’s picture of describing the faith as a bit like a baton race with one generation handing off things to the next. We have greatly fumbled of late the passing of the baton. Failure to properly pass on the truths of the faith diligently and correctly can and does result in future generations straying farther from the foundations of the faith. We are seeing that take place today. As Ham correctly reminds us, “we must make it a top priority to train, equip, mentor, and model an effective apologetic for this generation of young believers living in a post-modern world.” This training must start with children when they are very young and it must continue in a consistent manner all the way through adulthood.

Ham makes a great plug for homeschooling which I also greatly appreciated. He does realize that for many families, homeschooling is just not an option. For those who send their children to a Christian school, they must still be aware of what their child is learning. Given the statistics that Ham continually presents in this book, it is clear that even Christian schools have gone down the road of compromise, particular on the issue of origins. We know public schools teach evolution so the challenge exists for parents to combat that line of influence as well.

This is a war, one for the hearts and minds of our youth. Ham’s book is a call to action and a timely one. The longer we fail to engage in the battle, the more startling the statistics will become. All hope is not lost of course, but it is time for the people of God to return to foundational biblical truth starting from the first pages of Genesis. This is a book I highly recommend for all believers, in particular elementary, middle school, and high school pastors, parents, and anyone who regularly engages with youth, small or ready to go off to college.

This book is available for purchase from Master Books clicking here.

I received this book for free via Cross Focused Reviews from Master Books and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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