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The New Endangered Species
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
The most endangered species at present is not the panda, the whale or some porpoises, but Christians. A species becomes endangered because its habitat is destroyed. Their protection, safety and life source is devastated and they become easy prey to their enemies. In the same way Christians are endangered, because their knowledge of and faith in God is contained in the Bible. The Word of God is their powerful weapon, source of knowledge and guide for life. The devil thinks that if he can destroy confidence in the Bible, he can accomplish his goal to exterminate christians. Therefore there is an unnatural aggression against the truth of the Bible. This attack does not only come through the media and science, but also from inside the church through false theologians and the apocrypha.
Destruction of Christians’ habitat, ploy number one: False theologians
For the last 2000 years a war against the Bible has been raging. In a war, the use of spies is normal. Spies look like the enemy and talk like them. Sometimes they manage to keep their identity secret for years and do much damage. But they are also caught and judged. The devil also has his spies in the midst of his enemies, the Christians. They look like Christians, they use the same language and seem trustworthy. But they are enemies of God, placed in theological training centers, dispersed through congregations and known as ‘theologians’ or ‘preachers’ or ‘teachers’. (Remember, there are honest, loyal, real theologians, preachers and teachers.) How does one recognize these spies? By their fruit of destroying the Biblical habitat of christians, so that they will become extinct and land up in the pool of fire with the devil and his angels. Jesus warns in Matthew 7:15-16, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.” The real teachers of God inspire faith in the Bible, the spies inspire doubt in the truth of the Bible. The real ones will teach about the wonderful Word of God, the false ones about all the possible mistakes, myths and inconsistencies of dates, data or history. They give no reason why they make God out to be a liar. If the Bible is full of mistakes and not God’s Word, why worry about it? Why not forget about the christian faith and go and sell insurance? But the real reason they stay and continue with their subversive work is apparent: they are wolves in sheep’s clothing who are bent on devouring and annihilating the sheep. We have many more warnings in the Bible against false teachers (for example 2 Peter 2 and Jude). These false ‘theologians’ are among us today. Their presence is another proof that the Bible is God’s Word and without error. No other book in the history of mankind has ever received such on going, long lasting, negative treatment as the Bible. It is because God has an enemy who controls society, and his goal is to get as many people as possible in hell.
Destruction of Christians’ habitat, Ploy number 2: Apocryphal books
These false teachers or ‘spies’ try to change the Canon (the 66 books which are the Bible). One of their favorite ploys is that some portions of the Apocryphal literature (for example the gospel of Thomas, or of Barnabas, or of Mary Magdalene) must be added to the closed Cannon. They imply that the Bible books that were included in the Canon have no special significance. Jesus said that Moses and the Prophets (the Old Testament) testify about Him (Luke 24:27,44; John 1:45). The Apocryphal letters don’t contribute anything to the basic gospel message (the message of salvation from eternal punishment, through faith in Jesus Christ’s death on our behalf). These Apocryphal books were never part of either the Old or New Testament, and never will be. The attempts of these false teachers are to confuse the believers, so that they doubt the truth and reliability of the Scriptures. God doesn’t change His Word, otherwise people will not have one firm basis which contains the same information. The people in 500 AD, 1000 AD and 2000 AD have had the same Scripture.
The Canon is fixed (only 66 books), with no errors. If the Canon had errors in, God would be a liar, and would exclude Himself from the new heavens and earth. It is written in Revelation 21:7-8, “He who overcomes will inherit (the new heaven and new earth), and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars - their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.” Obviously God cannot be a lier himself, because then he cannot be part of his own kingdom. The Cannon is faultless. The devil proves through his continued attacks against the Bible that it is inerrant, pure, the truth. (If the Bible had errors in, why worry about it? Why not disregard it as worthless?) By malicious propaganda (like in all wars) there is an onslaught to destroy the habitat of the christians’ faith. This actually proves the truth of the Canon.
Destroying the Christians’ habitat, Ploy number 3: Evolution
Another attempt to destroy the truthfulness of the Biblical account is by trying to use science to prove that God was not the Creator. If the first chapters of Genesis are myth, why believe any other part of the Bible? What a brilliant ploy!
The argument goes like this: In general people believe that science is the truth. It is dependable, because it can be repeated, checked and verified. Many great, modern advantages like excellent medicines, inconceivable transport, and breath taking communication have resulted from scientific research. Science is highly regarded. If something is unscientific, it is inferior and rejected. Therefore, if science can prove the Bible to be false ... people will lose their faith and confidence in it.
That is why evolution is touted as science. In reality, around 600 BC some Greek philosophers reasoned that the natural world, humans included, evolved from nothing. Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” in 1850 gave this naturalism a ‘scientific’ respectability. The conjecture of Evolution became popular, although it is not based on real science. It cannot be repeated, checked of verified. It must rely on deductions and interpretations. The real hard sciences, like physics, biology, chemistry, and others can carry on their research without much ado. They need no defense. But there is an incessant hammering on evolution. Expensive museums are erected and children taken to see displays using artistic guesses. Why? To teach them science, to show them the miracle of life? No. It is to bring home one message: there is no creator God. Evolution is currently the ‘creation myth’ of the 21st century, and millions believe it, have been deceived by it, and have consequently rejected the Bible and its teachings.
How did evolution become the predominant ideology of our time? Remember the devil is in control of society (1 John 5:19). He controls the minds of unbelievers, and also the world system that includes printing presses, the laws of countries, education and universities, et cetera. Students are compelled to study evolution. Facts that show the deficiency of evolution are repressed. Everything in society is increasingly labeled as evolutionary development, without experiments to back it up.
Can we say that evolution is a lie? Yes, unless evolutionists can furnish proofs. How did the universe evolve? If the Big Bang is the truth, why do so many cosmologists reject the possibility? How did life on planet earth begin? To say it happened in some pond, is not science, it is a fairy tale. Scientific proofs mean: experiments which show that life can organize itself and increase its information content without a creator. But the more science develops, the more complexity is exposed. The battle here is vicious. That is why Christians are labeled ‘flat earthers’, ‘Fascists’, ‘ignorant’, ‘anti- science’ et cetera. The reason is easy. Science never shirks from being questioned. That is how it develops. Evolution hates to be questioned, because that exposes its fallacy. Hidden behind the charade of a ‘scientific fact’ evolution has deceived millions.
Destroying the Christians’ habitat: Ploy number 4: the Media
Advertising is big business. Firms spend millions on it, because they know it sells their product. The devil also knows it. He employs everything possible for his advertising campaign against the reliability and truth of the Bible : books, magazines, films, DVD’s, plays, singers, seminars, radio, talk shows, web sites, et cetera. The only rule is: poke holes in the Bible; truth is not the issue. The more lies, confusing arguments, alternatives like Eastern religions, atheism, secularism, and others, the better. The only requirement is a healthy hatred of God and Christians. Christian ministers and laymen are depicted as rapacious, shrewd, not unwilling for bribes, immoral, drunkards, profligates and whatever can be used to malign God’s name. A swipe at a Christian, at the Canon, at the church, means a swipe at God. The purpose is still the same, namely to try to destroy faith in the Bible.
But the good news is that it is impossible for the endangered species, Christians to be destroyed. "God's dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed" (Daniel 7:14).
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