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Belief in God Trials and temptations

Remember Pilgrim’s Progress

Rosie 20. resizedOn March 23rd, 2001, the day before my birthday, I received the very bad news that our daughter Rosie (23 years old at the time) had died. Can you imagine what effect that had on me and my wife? It is almost impossible to put into words. On one level I could believe it to be true but on another I could not. Even now it is painful to write about.

People might ask why does God allow such things to happen to believers? We know these are trials in life that the Lord sends our way. And God’s ways are above ours. Who are we to judge Him?

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Testimonies Witnessing

What are you willing to do to witness for Christ?

Jesus Christ said unto his disciples (you who believe),

Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

What means or methods should we use? Use your talents as the Lord has given you. I know back in 1976 (in Perth, Western Australia) we were willing to do crazy stuff like dress up and do skits to both attract people to hear the message as well as illustrate it.

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Age of the Earth Physics

Carbon-14 in diamonds not refuted

ID-100147896Old-earth creationist Kirk Bertsche has been critical of the RATE work on Carbon-14 dating diamonds, which indicate that they are not billions of years old, but less than 56,000 years (with evolutionary assumptions) and less than 7000 years old (with the correct biblical assumptions).  Kirk Bertsche writes,1

The ICR (Institute for Creation Research) recently spent eight years on a project known as RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth). The RATE team claims the results have yielded convincing and irrefutable scientific evidence of a young earth.

John Baumgardner, a geophysicist with expertise in tectonic modeling, presents experimental data claiming to show that all biological material contains intrinsic radiocarbon, no matter how old that material may be thought to be.2,3 He makes additional claims that even non-biological carbonaceous material contains intrinsic radiocarbon. He suggests that this radiocarbon is residual from the material’s creation. If true, his claims would have far-reaching implications for the ages of these materials.