IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF SIN?

No, God is not the Author of sin, yes God is sovereign, and yes man has free will.

God is sovereign while granting mankind free will. While God could dictate all human events that will take place, He chooses not to. The reason for this should be obvious. God did not create mankind as robots, but as free individuals. God’s sovereignty means that God can do whatever He wants to. He is all powerful, and all knowing and His purposes cannot be overcome.

However, God is also love and His purpose is that mankind has free will to love Him or reject Him. To say that God’s sovereignty means that whatever happens is God’s will makes God partaker of our sins, and this is impossible! Why? Because God’s holiness prevents this! God cannot go against His own nature.

God’s nature is love and the love He wants in return is genuine not like a action figure who string He pulls and the dolls says “I love you daddy”. Of course mankind’s freedom is necessary for the real love that God wants. And while giving us genuine freedom to love Him He must allow us NOT to love Him. To truly be able to respond to His love we must be able to NOT respond to His love.

Love that is forced is not truly love. Love can only be voluntary not forced. God does not break our stubborn will by sheer raw power, but by love! Mankind has free choice and God has not surrendered His sovereignty. His sovereign plan takes into account our fee will.

Some teach that if mankind has to so much as believe (rather than being                                                                                         sovereignly forced to believe) then he is contributing to his salvation. But that’s like saying that if a man gives a beggar money and the beggar holds out his hand to receive the free gift, that the beggar earned the money!

But there is no merit in believing in Christ. Believing in Christ is simply the hand that receives to free gift from God. Christ went to the cross to purchase our salvation, for which He gets all the glory, but which we are responsible to receive.

WHAT IS THE MAIN ARGUMENT AGAINST EVOLUTION AND WHAT IS THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR BIBLICAL CREATION?

There are many arguments against the theory of evolution but these are not well known because evolution is a protected philosophy. Certainly one of the biggest arguments against the theory of evolution is the fossil record, because if evolution did take place it would HAVE to be in the fossil record.

If evolution took place over millions of years from very simple species to more and more complex forms a very large number of intermediary stages would have arisen and this would show in the fossil record as Darwin knew, for this was crucial to his theory. If life evolved on earth the fossil record would begin with very simple life forms in the oldest rocks on the bottom layer. From there we would expect to find very small transitions from simple to more complex life forms.

It would be one continual record of gradually changing creatures. They would all have distinct features of two different kinds of creatures, the one they are now and the one they were evolving into and these would be constantly changing. There would be no definite gaps in the record between species as there are now. In fact there would be no definite species but all would be evolving into other species.

Imagine marine invertebrates evolving into fish and then evolving into amphibians which evolved into reptiles which evolved into apes which evolved into man. And yet marine invertebrate, fish, amphibians and reptiles and apes are still living with mankind.

Darwin was troubled by the lack of intermediate links connecting one species to another in the fossil record and wrote:

“Intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic change. And this is perhaps the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory”.

He later wrote:

“The number of intermediate links between the living and extinct species must have been inconceivably great”. Since then we now have billions of fossils of         each species represented by cataloged fossils taken from every one the geologic periods. Imagine the tremendous number of intermediary stages we should have in the fossil record if, as evolutionists teach, the species have gradually evolved during the hundreds of millions of years of evolution. We should have millions of these intermediary fossils. How many do we have? Exactly none!

If evolution was true there should be no distinct species but all life forms should be evolving transitional forms as all species would be evolving into other species since evolutionary change is supposedly the basic law of nature.

The very earliest fossil record which, supposedly appear about 600 million years ago, should be in the oldest rocks. These rocks contain so many fossils that the period is called the “Cambrian Explosion”. These creatures are supposedly the first examples of real life.

Here we should find the simplest forms of life that eventually evolved into the more and more complex creatures of today. And lo and behold the animals found there are the same as today! They appear suddenly and fully developed with no trace of evolutionary development from the single cell life forms into complex vertebrates which supposedly developed over 2 billion 400 million years without leaving a single fossil! There are absolutely no traces of intermediate stages.

Not a single intermediary fossil has ever been found and there should be literally millions of them! The various species were fixed from the beginning. The theory of evolution is a desperate attempt to push God out of His own creation in order to avoid accountability to an Almighty God. It is the foolish attempt of fallen mankind to pretend the nonexistence of the very One who gives life meaning and purpose.

DO PAUL AND JAMES CONTRADICT EACH OTHER? ARE WE SAVED BY FAITH OR WORKS?

In Romans 3:28 Paul writes: “We maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. James is not contradicting salvation by faith. But it is not a dead faith but a living faith that motivates our actions. James is simply defining true, saving faith. “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

James asks “Can that kind of faith save him? This is a dead faith, lifeless. It produces no works. “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder”. A person can believe the historical facts about Jesus, this is important, but a mere mental acknowledgment is not enough. Even demons believe in that sense, but True faith must change our lives.

In verses 21-24 shows that Abraham had a true living faith, not one that lays dormant but is active. Then in verses 25-26 we see that the prostitute Rahab showed her living faith by protecting the spies sent by Joshua (Joshua chapter 2). So clearly there is no contradiction between Paul and James.