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Darwinism and Morality

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Until about fifty years ago in America, lasciviousness, adultery, and fornication were almost universally deemed reprehensible. Divorce was shameful, pornography was underground, and homosexuality was illegal. These elements are now on open display and enjoy wide approval—and participation.

Is our nation stronger or weaker because of these changes? Are families/homes more or less secure? Is the “misery index” for individuals greater or less? Do more or fewer people turn to chemical “solutions” for failure to find “purpose” in life? Are we experiencing more or fewer individual murders by abortion and mass murders? To ask is to answer.

Many “whys” might be suggested to explain the unarguable decline in national morals and ethics. Arguably, they all go back to a single taproot: Charles Darwin and his evolutionary hoax. Before his theories caught on in the 1870s, Western nations, though divided between Protestant and Catholic, were united in accepting the Biblical view of man as the apex of the creation of the Almighty, Self-existent God. Man had a purpose—to glorify God—and the Bible set forth man’s behavior that would do so.

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Attributes of God in the Book of Proverbs

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Introduction

To speak of the attributes of God is to speak of His characteristics, His traits, His abilities, and, to a certain extent, His nature. Unworthy and finite human beings must ever approach such a study with unalloyed reverence. The attitudes of humility and meekness should characterize who would attempt to understand Him Who alone is infinite. He not only possesses certain traits, but He is flawlessly perfect in each one of them. 

That having been said, it is necessary to investigate and understand the characteristics of Deity insofar as He has revealed Himself to men. One grand aim of all of God’s revelation to us is to draw us to the likeness of his moral traits. Jesus thus urges us, “be ye perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mat. 5:48).1 Likewise, Peter exhorted that, as He Who called us is holy, we are also to be holy (1 Pet. 1:15). To become Godlike we must understand everything we can about the attributes of God.

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Intellectual Snobbery

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Introduction

All of humanity profits from the accomplishments of those who have achieved advanced educations. Most of the advancements in technology and medicine and the modern “marvels” we enjoy every day have come from such folk. No thoughtful person will despise those who possess exceptional academic credentials merely because they have achieved them. However, neither will a thoughtful person despise those who have not had the same educational opportunities. Yet, so often those who have obtained advanced degrees fall prey to such pomposity (although even the illiterate are not immune to such). While allowing for exceptions, generally there is a well-attested haughty and superior attitude in “ivory tower” academe.

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Why the Plan of Salvation Was Necessary

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Introduction

The Bible is a book about sin and a Savior. Paul announced wonderful news in this regard:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death (Rom. 8:1–2).

This grand statement at once calls attention to mankind’s need of a means by which he might be saved from “the law of sin and death” and to the fact that such a plan is available and operable. The need for salvation implies dire jeopardy of some sort and a cause for this danger. The cause of this irreparable loss is transgression of the law of God—sin: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV). The jeopardy is loss of one’s soul in eternal separation from God in Hell—death in the ultimate sense.

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The Book of Books

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Secularism, atheism, and humanism are arrayed against the Bible as never before in our nation. They seek to stamp all Biblical influences from public life. There could hardly be a greater irony, given the general faith of the Founding Fathers and the Biblical influence present in our founding documents.

This campaign is very narrowly directed at the Bible-related religion, not at Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or others. This is so because of the exceptional nature of the Bible and its incessant claim to be the one revelation from the only true, living God. Let us consider some of the incomparable facets of the “Book of Books.”

  • Antiquity—Moses began writing its oldest portion in about 1500 B.C., and the apostle John completed its newest part in about A.D. 96. Its most recent document is almost 2,000 years old. Its records reach back to the oldest possible antiquity—the beginning.
  • Modernity—In spite of its antiquity, it is up-to-date, ever new and fresh, speaking with vital meaning to every age and generation. All other books sooner or later become obsolete and need revision. Revision, in fact, corrupts the Bible.
  • Unity—It is difficult for one man to write very long or much without contradicting himself. Yet the Bible, composed of 66 “books,” written over a span of about 16 centuries by 40 writers, possesses an unparalleled cohesiveness of message.
  • Diversity—Remarkably, this trait does not mitigate its unity. Its literary types run the gamut of history, poetry, biography, short stories, letters, proverbs, and prophecies. Its subject matter is just as diverse (birth, death, war, racial conflict, marriage, politics, sorrow, joy, et al.). Truly, the Bible is more than a “book”; it is a self-contained spiritual library.
  • Theme—Complementing its unity, the Bible is relentless in its Someone theme: In the Old Testament, “Someone is coming.” In the Gospel accounts, “Someone has come.” In Acts through Revelation, “Someone is coming again.” The familiar words, “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16), summarize the Biblical theme throughout.
  • Hope—Multiplied billions over the centuries have turned to its pages for hope, cheer, and strength in times of dismay, sadness, and weakness, common to all mankind. It takes those willing to heed its words beyond death, pain, and tears.
  • Power—Its centuries-spanning influence on the world in art, literature, morals, and law are incalculable. Its spiritual power is greater still, able to free from sin—and save eternally— those who obey it (John 8:31–32; Rom. 1:16; 2 The. 1:8).

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