Seth 912 Years Old? How Did the Figures in Genesis Live So Long?

Genesis 5: 3-83 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. 7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

There are a few theories that support the longevity of Adam and that lineage, so let’s look at a few of them.

The First possibility would be that they were so near to the original genetic decent of Adam and Eve, allowing their health to be amazingly great.

The second possibility was the food consumed was much healthier then as opposed to now. The soil’s quality would have been very high in nutrients.

Another theory is that there was a covering over the earth, a canopy of water vapor that helped shield the earth from harmful cosmic rays.

Genesis 1: 6 6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.

Finally there is another (unlikely but plausible) reason, and that is that time was measured differently. One possibility is that the Earth rotated faster than it does now.

The Bible says that the firmament opened up and it rained for 40 days, covering the earth. Therefore, some theologians believe that after the flood, the atmosphere lost a lot of its sheltering qualities and the lifespan of man was decreased severely by opening humans up to certain disease, which may have been absent before the flood?

The truth is we don’t know for certain how Adam, Seth and others had lived so long. We must take it as the Word of God and trust him.

God Bless

Brian Mason

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Goodbye Darwinism!

The following comes from Science News Online:

Scientists analyzing fragments of a Tyrannosaurus rex’s leg bone have recovered pliable material containing structures that appear to be cells and blood vessels.
Paleontologists usually find only a creature’s hard body parts, such as bones, teeth, or shells, preserved as fossils. In the rare instances when internal organs, muscles, skin, and other soft body parts turn up, the original tissue has been replaced by minerals that create hard replicas, says Mary H. Schweitzer, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Sometimes, a soft tissue’s shape is recorded by sediments that surround it.
Now, the first report of flexible material from a fossil describes an extraction from the femur, or upper leg bone, of a T. rex that lived about 68 million years ago in what is now Montana.
The researchers dissolved minerals from the fossil by soaking it in a series of slightly alkaline solutions. After a week, much of the remaining material was surprisingly soft and pliable, say the researchers. Many parts of the remains were translucent and fibrous, and they retained their elasticity after repeated cycles of dehydration and rehydration. Schweitzer and her colleagues report their findings in the March 25 Science.
Some stretchy, translucent samples were high in carbon and appeared to be part of a network of blood vessels, says Schweitzer. Similar demineralization experiments on modern-day ostrich bones—with an added step required to digest the collagen strengthening those bones—yielded blood vessels of a similar size and texture, she reports.
The researchers squeezed round, microscopic structures out of the presumed T. rex blood vessels. Those small spheres, which ranged from dark red to deep brown, may be red blood cells, says Schweitzer.
Also, some fibrous remains contained small, elongated features that look like cells called osteocytes, which are found in mature bones.
Finally, a spongy material extracted from the bones triggered a chemical response in tests to detect proteins commonly found in bones of modern chickens and cows.
Using the extraction technique, Schweitzer and her colleagues subsequently recovered what appear to be blood vessels and osteocytes from two other well-preserved specimens of T. rex. They’ve also obtained osteocytes from an 80-million-year-old hadrosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur.
The state of preservation noted in the new study is “improbable but obviously not impossible,” says Cameron J. Tsujita, a paleontologist at the University of Western Ontario in London. The osteocytes are “dead ringers” for those present in living vertebrates, he notes. As for the purported blood cells, he says that he “can’t really think of what else they could be.”
This is a “totally novel discovery,” says Derek E.G. Briggs, a paleontologist at Yale University. The tissue preservation that Schweitzer’s team has described may be more commonplace than scientists might expect, he says.
Additional analyses of the T. rex fossils, as well as of material from other specimens, could provide insight into the early stages of fossilization, says Briggs. Such information may also reveal new details of dinosaur physiology and metabolism.
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References:
Schweitzer, M.H., et al. 2005. Soft-tissue vessels and cellular preservation inTyrannosaurus rex. Science 307(March 25):1952–1955. Abstract available athttp://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1108397.

Protein Molecules simply do not last “Millions of Years”!

These animals were NOT millions of years old.

Evolution on a Macro scale does not exist!

Good Night Charles!

God Bless

Brian Mason

“The Secret” to “The Magic”

The following buy-line was posted on amazon.com to promote the new Rhonda Byrne novel “The Magic”. Ms Byrne is famous for her other novel entitled “The Secret”:

ONE WORD CHANGES EVERYTHING
For more than twenty centuries, words within a sacred text have mystified, confused, and been misunderstood by almost all who read them. Only a very few people through history have realized that the words are a riddle, and that once you solve the riddle—once you uncover the mystery—a new world will appear before your eyes.
In The Magic, Rhonda Byrne reveals this life-changing knowledge to the world. Then, on an incredible 28-day journey, she teaches you how to apply this knowledge in your everyday life.
No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, The Magic is going to change your entire life!

Okay, this is also known as Gnosticism!

This is a definition of Gnosticism: “Gnosticism” comes from the Greek word “gnosis” which is defined as “knowledge.” Gnosticism teaches that your Salvation is attained through special secret knowledge (gnosis). This is Heretical!

Gnostics deny the incarnation of God as the Son. Read 1 Timothy 1: 3-7

3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

Gnosticism is very dangerous. The Christian believes in bodily resurrection, the Gnostic does not. 2 Timothy 2: 18,

18who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.

Ultimately it is your choice of course, to purchase this book. I can see it being dangerous in the mind of a new Christian or just letting the Devil get back onto the best sellers list. However I know that it would never come close to out-selling the Word of God, The Holy Bible!

I know there are large groups of people that will comment and say that it is just “fiction” and “entertainment”, granted. I remember the same being said about Dan Brown’s novel “The Davinci Code” and the misinformation inside that book that educated people take seriously. Also the William P. Young book “The Shack” has some very confused as most of it is an outright heresy! Young has the creator of the universe portrayed as a black woman that sits around and passes gas, then jokes about it! Talk about taking away God’s majesty!

Before you run out and buy this book, ask yourself “why?” It has great cover art and I am certain the book has that newly recycled paper smell, but really ask yourself, “Is this entertainment worth downgrading our Lord and Savior Jesus?”

God Bless

Brian Mason

The “Accidental” Atheist

Evolution is a Philosophy. This Philosophy looks to explain that the universe physically and biologically is a self-directed product of an unknown chaotic origin. This universe in the perspective of an evolutionary atheist had no beginning. The mention of God as a creator will send a lot of atheists into an emotional tirade that involves a lot of loud shaky verbiage. This universe in the mind of an atheist evolutionist is a reality that is ruled by unchangeable physical laws simply by mere happenstance, a contradiction in terms.

This universe also has no reason or purpose for life or existence, and is basically a string of dominoes clanging together and falling over in a series of accidental coincidences. Man is the lawgiver in this universe and is in charge of deciding what is morally correct, and this correctness must come from societal constructs or the opinion of the moralist. This morality has seemingly no accountability except to the society that constructed the said morals. The laws and ethics of the society are determined by whatever will create the greater good. Whatever society decides is moral at the time, is the moral “standard”. What if the moral standard was that atheists were to be sterilized? They would have to go along with that standard then.

If atheism is to remain consistent and stay in its own form as being the most rational and logical of all approaches to what is perceived as reality, then it defeats itself and is incapable of a logical defense! Let’s look at it this way; if everything and that includes ALL matter, was mixed together by mere chance and coincidence, without higher intelligence or transcendental powers, the brain itself would then be just an accident! How could you take that brain seriously? So the Philosophy of Evolution is just a construct of coincidence and mere chance! There would be NO validity to any argument or position that an atheist could table then. The atheist in a sense then cancels him/herself out!

By the atheists own confession the atoms form in the atheist’s brain by simple chance, they cannot honestly declare that their view is any more genuine than the opposite view of their opponent on the philosophy/theory of evolution. Christians will state that there is moral absolutes and truth as they will go with the Bible, Gods Word. The atheist cannot disprove a God without resorting to logic depending on the existence of God.

The atheist evolutionist will state that the universe was created by a “Big Bang”. They say in essence that “Nothing” created “Something”, and say that the believers in God believe fairy tales! How ridiculous! How did this “Bang” happen? Evolution also states that the “Higher” living organisms on earth (they can’t say creatures as that would imply a creator) evolved from “Lower” forms of organisms, without a stitch of evidence to conclude that notion. Still no missing link found.

I asked an atheist that was purely a materialist this; “How many senses do you think you have?” He said “five”. “Do you really think that?” He said “Yes”. So I asked him “what would you call thinking then?” He said he would THINK about that one…oh man!

Genesis 1: 26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Would Atheists Lie To Nazis?

I guess my question would be why is it that atheists regularly bring up the question asking if it is okay for a Christian to lie to Nazis? Let us first define our terms here. There is a huge difference between “Lying” and “Deception”. Deception in the case of deceiving the Nazis knocking on the door asking if you are hiding Jews in your cellar, would be morally acceptable of course! My point being that “lying” is a sin against God, “deception” is morally ok, as it is not a sin.

Let me explain deception. Nobody would ever suggest a Baseball Pitcher when he was hiding the ball in his mitt during the windup would be “lying”. He is hiding the stitching on the ball away from the batter so that the batter won’t know what is being tossed his way.

So “Lying” defined would be more like breaking the trust with someone when the “truth” is your responsibility.

Proverbs 3: 27 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

“Deception” does not breach trust as some relinquish their right to the truth by infringing on the rights and trust of others. In the case of “deceiving” the Nazis in the above scenario, we take into perspective the nature and character of the situation. You know Nazis banging on the door are not there to invite you out for tea. You know the outcome, if you were not to deceive them! Circumstances, Character and Motives are very important factors to come to the Moral Decision!

Scripture indicates that God himself was involved in deceptions.

Josh 8: 2 2 You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city.”

God is true and cannot lie but he set out to deceive the opposition of Israel in combat.

God is true: Romans 3: 4,4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:
“So that you may be proved right when you speak
and prevail when you judge.”

God does not lie: Titus 1: 2 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,3 and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

Would Atheists lie to the Nazis? It is clear that it would NOT be a “lie” to protect the helpless. It is a very unfair and poorly thought out question.

God Bless.

Brian Mason

Jesus Is the Rock on Which the Church Is Built. Or Is It Peter?

One does not have to look any farther than 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 to see that Jesus is the Rock on which the Church is built:

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

So why does the Roman Catholic Church insist that Peter is the rock on which the Church is built? Well the RCC is in error, by saying Jesus said that he would build his Church on him (Peter) when they refer to Matthew 16: 18,

18 And I tell you that you are Peter] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

The Roman Catholic Church position is very problematic. Matthew 16: 18 when read from the Greek language yields a different interpretation than in English! “…and I also tell you are Peter (πέτρος, petros) and on this rock (πέτρα, petra) I will build My church, and…” Greek nouns are gender specific.

The Roman Catholic defense to the above is where they will quote that in Aramaic the word “Peter” and “Rock” are spelled the same way “Kipha”. However the problem lies in the fact that the scripture was written in Greek not Aramaic. Why would the RCC say this? Jesus clearly said that the rock he would build his church on was the feminine “petra” not the masculine “petros”!

John 14: 6, 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

God Bless.

Brian Mason

Why Do Christians Believe In God?

To begin with, God discloses himself through his creation and his word! His word became flesh through Jesus Christ. I always wonder why everyone makes such a big deal about the “Red Letter” Jesus scriptures. I mean the words of Jesus are there from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. A Christian will say that that “God found them” through the word. Not that they “Found” God through the word! Through the word God totally and without mistake God reveals himself, otherwise how would a Christian ever be able to say they “know” him without the word?

Psalms 19: 1-6
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Second, because the Universe continues, someone must be supporting it. Why does the Universe keep functioning? Why doesn’t everything just fade away and die? Evolutionists with Evolution and Natural Selection theories cannot explain it. Former Stanford Physicist Lambert Dolphin states, “The nucleus of the atom contains positively-charged and neutral particles – to use a simplistic model. Mutual electrostatic repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the “strong force” which binds the nucleus together”. He concluded by stating that the only way to account for the “strong force” was that God was behind it.

Acts 17: 24-25

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

Third, are the Miracles that validate the transcendental. In the pages of the Holy Bible miracles are scattered all through it. They are presented in such a way that shows evidentially that God does indeed exist! Should we just accept the recorded miracles as a valid proof for God’s existence? Yes we can, and there are three good reasons to validate the proof; one it is the word of God. Two, Jesus is the Son of God, and three, there is eyewitness testimony! Over 500 people, believers and nonbelievers saw and touched our RISEN Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah!

Luke 24: 36-42

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Spiritual Warfare and Division in the Family

If you really want to know if there is a Devil and Demons at work, just profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ to family and friends. And believe me you will notice them all very quickly. It is not for the faint of heart!

Biblically Jesus said in Luke 12: 51-53

51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; 52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

As you can read by Jesus’ own words that following Christ can and will divide you from your Family!

Why is it that such scripture is seldom taught? Jesus even says in Matthew 10: 36

36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
Even deeper into the scripture it is written in 1 John 3: 12-15
12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

This scripture is very clear that Gods sheep are “scattered” not only amongst nations but within families as well! So if Gods children are mixed in with non-Christian family members, we must come to the spiritual awareness that if they are not of God who are they of? As Christians we are not meant to hate our family members or anyone for that matter, but Love them. I have read somewhere that a family divided is the Devils Playground. Does it have to be? As we can see from the above scripture 1 John 3: 13-15 that Gods children do not run in the family! It is not genetic.

What does God say to those families? God simply by scripture states that he does not want to save entire families. Jesus said in Matthew 10: 21-22

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

We must as a soldier for Christ stand up to the injustices in this world be picking up Christ’s cross and following his word by action! Scripture tells us to love our enemies (unbelievers) which ultimately might be your own family members! We must pray for them to see the truth.

Not too long ago I could see my regeneration start to happen. I was watching a television show with a friend, and I used to think it was “entertaining” and “funny”…I was disgusted beyond belief! I then started to scoff at it and did not find it too “entertaining” etc. From an Apologetics point of view we must defend the Christian faith! We will soon distinguish between the Wheat and the Tares!
Division will happen! It is scriptural and I leave you with one from 1 Timothy 1: 1-5

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

God Bless!

Brian Mason

Does The Roman Catholic Church Perform Sorcery?

I know, now you are going to say I am going too far now! However if we look at the very definition of “Sorcery” it is: “The involvement of the Spirit World via rituals and orations to get a specific aftereffect in the Physical World”. Are the Roman Catholics guilty of these things? Let’s take a quick look of this from the writing from the Church’s own publications:

CCC 1127 Celebrated worthily in faith, the sacraments confer the grace that they signify .48 They are efficacious because in them Christ himself is at work: it is he who baptizes, he who acts in his sacraments in order to communicate the grace that each sacrament signifies. The Father always hears the prayer of his Son’s Church which, in the epiclesis of each sacrament, expresses her faith in the power of the Spirit. As fire transforms into itself everything it touches, so the Holy Spirit transforms into the divine life whatever is subjected to his power.

CCC 1128 this is the meaning of the Church’s affirmation that the sacraments act ex opere operato (literally: “by the very fact of the action’s being performed”), i.e., by virtue of the saving work of Christ, accomplished once for all. It follows that “the sacrament is not wrought by the righteousness of either the celebrant or the recipient, but by the power of God.” From the moment that a sacrament is celebrated in accordance with the intention of the Church, the power of Christ and his Spirit acts in and through it, independently of the personal holiness of the minister. Nevertheless, the fruits of the sacraments also depend on the disposition of the one who receives them.

These two reference examples (and there are more) show clearly that by the simple act of performing a sacrament, which is a ritual, a particular outcome will arise. When the sacraments are done by a priest in a particular style they achieve, by indication of the procedure procured and the authority of the church and the priest, the intended result will be received, according to the Roman Catholic Church. This my friend is Sorcery!

The Rosary Beads:

The Rosary Beads are ritualistic and boldly laughs at the words of God! Roman Catholics must do 20 sets of 10 “Hail Marys”, (200 times in total.) In defense the Catholics petition to Psalm 136, that translates the same phrase 26 times with 26 different blessings that God gives us. It is not 26 in a row as with the rosary! This is a song, and not a prayer. As history indicates The Roman Catholic Church borrowed the idea from the Pagan Hindus and Buddhists and goes back as far as 1000 AD! The beads the Catholics use today were invented in 1090 AD by Peter the Hermit (a priest of Amiens and a key figure during the First Crusade).

Biblically a Christian knows this is wrong, and condemned by Jesus:

Matthew 6: 7-8, 7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

The Rosary is not only vain repetition and meaningless, it is a form of Mary worship that is against the Second Commandment.

Exodus 20: 4-5 4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,

I ask that Christians pray to God (directly) to show the Roman Catholic’s the true way to Jesus and ultimately Salvation.

God Bless!

Brian Mason