Trump versus Biden: What The Debate Is Actually About

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Making Sense of Young Earth Creationism The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

Young Earth Creationism is the view that God created everything that exists – including the earth – in six literal consecutive days and rested on a literal seventh consecutive day according to a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, specifically the first eleven chapters. Central to the argument by Young Earth Creationists is the fact that the Hebrew word ‘Yom’ translated into English as “day” in the Genesis account of Creation is used throughout the Old Testament. And every other time that word ‘Yom’ is used throughout the Hebrew Old Testament it is understood most directly to mean a literal 24-hour period of time. Another core argument Young Earth Creationists use is the explicit nature of the phrase “and there was morning and evening on the [such and such] day” used with each successive day of Creation described in Genesis. Proponents of an Old Earth, poetic, symbolic, or figurative reading of Genesis are fond of pointing to where in the Scriptures the prophet tells us that “a day is as a thousand years" and "a thousand years is as a day” to the Lord. And by connecting that passage to a figurative interpretation of Genesis, they assert that the days being described in Genesis could be any other length of time whatsoever – even millions or billions of years. And thus they excuse themselves for accommodating modern, secular science in its claims that the universe and the earth are millions and billions of years old, and that all life on earth arose by random, unguided, evolutionary processes which God could have initiated. Young Earth Creationists meanwhile typically oppose this accommodation on the grounds that there is no need for it. There is no need to compromise with the mainstream of modern science and its secular humanism. But there is a great deal of need to not compromise with it.  Modern science, after all, rejects as a rule all references to divine revelation like the Bible, and similarly rejects all supernatural explanations that would amount to giving God credit for Creation. Accommodating modern secular science in its purely naturalistic insistences about our origins, or the origins and age of the Earth, opens the door to compromising on everything else God’s Word tells us God ever did to intervene or reveal Himself throughout history. And that includes but is not limited to the incarnation, the virgin birth, and the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As should be obvious, if we throw out the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ then we have nothing left of Christianity. Our entire faith is based on the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead after living a sinless life and atoning for our sins through his literal death on the cross. And if we don’t believe that, we’re not Christians. It's as simple as that. So how far do we compromise with modern science when the claims of modern science contradict what the Bible teaches? That’s really the central question, and Young Earth Creationists like myself have a simple answer. 'Not at all.' — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Trump versus Biden

Trump versus Biden is not really about either man. Rather, the 2020 presidential election is part of a larger ongoing and longstanding debate in Western civilization.

Who is God? And subsequently, what is the nature of man?

Should we make decisions based on the conviction that truth and goodness are objective realities? Or should we organize ourselves on the presumption that subjective and transitory human needs and desires, and therefore our rights, must change from generation to generation?

Believe it or not. Like it or not. Trump is a stand-in for the conviction that the Judeo-Christian worldview is not only valuable, but valid and necessary.

He is also a symbol of the notion that the free market should indeed be free. The alternative is an entirely planned, manipulated, and managed economy.

Trump is a stand-in for the idea that any of us actually do have inalienable individual rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

By contrast, Biden is just the latest in a long line of corrupt mountebanks who pretend at virtue and even Christianity in a bid for personal empowerment and enrichment at the expense of the ever-lauded “People.”

Yes, the Democrats quote Scripture when it suits their agenda. Then again, so does Satan.

Peace In Our Time

Christians – tragically, even trusted and respected leaders like John Piper – may draw any number of valid criticisms of President Trump as a flawed human being, and conclude thereby that they cannot support Trump anymore than they can support Biden.

Worse still, some self-professing Christians are pledging to vote for Biden as a kind of return to pseudo-civility.

This is not merely misguided. It is unfruitful, naive, and even dangerously foolish on the scale of Neville Chamberlain.

God commands us to love him with all our being and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. As such, we cannot support Biden. Nor can we sit this one out, all the while patting ourselves on the back for being detachedly spiritual about the prospects of our home and country going down in flames.

We cannot argue as Piper does here, conflating personal boastfulness with infanticide as though there is no distinction, or as though a braggart is arguably as bad or worse than a murderer. This is confused reasoning indeed.

Even in the Law of Moses, one of these two sins is a capital offense and brings the death penalty. The other does not.

Yet concerning pride, have we asked ourselves whether our own selfish pride is a factor in withholding support from our current president, or even maligning his supporters? Are we chiefly concerned with God’s honor and our own testimony in such? Or are we actually more concerned about our own reputation and the risk to it with certain friends, family, and associates if we take a clear and bold stand here?

God must be your judge in this. However, here I stand. I can do no other, so help me God.

Trump v. Biden is not really about either man. Rather, the 2020 presidential election is part of a larger ongoing and longstanding debate in Western civilization.

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Christian, husband to a darling wife, and father to seven children - I enjoy pipe-smoking, playing strategy games on my computer, listening to audio books, and writing. When I'm not asking you questions out loud, I'm endlessly asking myself silent questions in my head. I believe in God's grace, hard work, love, patience, contemplation, and courage.