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Did God Allow Noah To Eat Meat?

The passage of Genesis 9:2-4 was the subject of great debate and controversy. After years of study and research and virtually leaving no stone unturned on the subject, to date I have not read a commentary on the passage which is worthy of a serious consideration. Generally it is argued that here we have the first biblical passage where God explicitly told Noah that he may kill any animal he wanted to in order to eat its flesh. Even vegetarians who abhor meat eating and who practice vegetarianism on ethical grounds admit that here we are faced with a biblical text which clearly sanctions the killing of animals and eating of their flesh. All they can say is that due to the fallen and corrupt nature of humanity God gave a “concession” concerning meat diet but it was not His ideal as in Genesis 1:30 where God ideally prescribed a completely vegetarian diet. But nothing can be further from the truth.
 

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Did Jesus Eat Fish?

 There is only one passage in the whole of the New Testament where it is explicitly and specifically said that Jesus actually ate meat. If this text is true and genuine and in fact inspired by the Holy Spirit, then it would follow that Jesus was not and could not have been a vegetarian. But if on the other hand it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that this passage in Luke 24 is actually a forgery, then it follows that Jesus must have been a vegetarian, since a lying hand felt a need to insert a lying passage in order to portray Jesus as a carnivorous being.

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Friday, 01 May 2009 01:00

The Law of Chance


-    Proves God’s Existence  -




Christian apologist R. C. Sproul in his book Not A Chance vigorously argues that chance does not exist and that if chance exists then most certainly God cannot exist. On p. 3 Sproul emphatically states:

“It is not necessary for chance to rule in order to supplant God. Indeed chance requires little authority at all if it is to depose God; all it needs to do the job is to exist. The mere existence of chance is enough to rip God from his cosmic throne. Chance does not need to rule; it does not need to be sovereign. If it exists as a mere impotent, humble servant, it leaves God not only out of date, but out of a job. If chance exists in its frailest possible form, God is finished…If chance exists in any size, shape, or form, God cannot exist. The two are mutually exclusive.”

Sproul, just like most other Christians, Jews and Muslims, deny the existence and functioning of chance simply because they have a fundamental misconception of what chance is and what is its purpose. Chance is presented as an alternative source power with omnipotent abilities and is merely another word for God to those who worship it and appeal to it in order to explain the origin and existence of everything. In fact, some even think that God’s own existence and His way of existing is due to chance. If this was really the case then chance would be the source and origin of God and would therefore be greater than God. This of course cannot be the case. For me God is the First Cause and He is the source of everything. God has created all the laws of the universe by which everything exists and functions. It is not difficult to prove that chance in fact exists and is very much in operation. But at the same time it is quite simple to demonstrate that chance is not an omnipotent source from which everything that exists derives its origin.


What is chance? I would like to first of all point out what chance is not. All atheists and all evolutionists who appeal to chance in order to explain origin of the universe would agree that chance is not a deity. Nor is it a person or an animal. Chance is not an object or a plant or an element. Chance has no intelligence, no life, no ability to think, reason, plan or cause anything in accordance with a blueprint. For this reason chance is often referred to as “blind chance.” Since chance is none of these and it does not possess an ability to think or reason or design or purpose anything, is it reasonable to assume that the awesome universe with all its complexities was caused by chance? Since chance is none of the above, what is it then? Put simply, chance is merely a LAW OF RANDOMNESS in contrast to the LAW OF SELECTION. Every concept in this universe is contrasted. Hot is contrasted with cold, day with night, tall with short, high with low, sick with healthy, beautiful with ugly. In fact we could never perceive the one without the other. Only when you know what it means to be sad and sorrowful can you appreciate joy and happiness. Without these contrasts we could not understand anything nor could we have a rational mind. Now “chance” is contrasted with “choice.” The definition of “choice” is “careful selection.” In order to make a choice we need to think, reason, consider, weigh the evidence, and then deliberately and consciously make a selection or option. “Chance” on the other hand is defined as “random selection.” Anything that occurs by chance must strictly occur by random means. There can be no deliberate or conscious planning or influence in any way whatsoever. There must be no planning or careful consideration or selection. Chance must act strictly in accordance with the law which governs it. It can only function and operate in accordance with the program imputed to it by the sovereign Programmer.  It is neither an animal nor a plant. It is simply an agency which God uses to serve its purpose. The same can be said of the law of motion, the law of biogenesis, the laws of thermodynamics, and all other laws which function and govern this universe. These laws do not function of themselves nor are they the product of chance.  All these laws were invented, designed, programmed and established by God to serve their purposes. The same is true of chance. God has established and designed the law of chance as a contrast to the law of choice. Chance therefore is an agency by which a result can be obtained through random and strictly neutral means.       

We can resort to chance only if we want to accomplish something by absolutely neutral and random choice. Chance can never accomplish anything that is specifically planned or intended. If it could then it would be what its contrasted concept is - namely choice. But if this was the case then there would be no its opposite - namely chance. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you want to be transported from Melbourne to New York but you do not want to fly there by plane nor sail by ship. You neither want to be transported there by some specific and deliberate supernatural means. You want to be transported from Melbourne to New York strictly by chance - that is, random selection. How long would you have to wait for this to occur by chance? Even if you were immortal and could wait the whole eternity you would still be in Melbourne. You could never get to New York through random selection. In fact, you could never achieve anything by chance that you can achieve through choice. On the other hand you could never achieve anything by choice that you can achieve through chance.

When a referee tosses a coin before a game he does so in order to achieve a specific result. But the result he wants to achieve must not be by choice it must be strictly by chance - that is, by random and neutral selection - so that neither captain can be deliberately disadvantaged. But in order to achieve this result by chance other things must be in existence. Chance of itself and by itself cannot achieve anything. It needs other things to be in existence so that it can function. If there is no coin of a symmetric dimension, no referee, no teams, and no toss there can be no result and chance would simply not be able to function or obtain the desired neutral and random result. Since chance cannot function unless other things are in existence, how plain then that the universe could not have come into existence by chance. Nothing complex and awesomely designed can come about through randomness. Anything intelligent, complex, specifically and deliberately designed and formed must have a conscious and intelligent source behind it. It must be the product of choice and not chance. Since every concept in this universe has its contrast and opposite and since all these opposites function and must function if we are to have any true perception of anything, how plain then that CHANCE and CHOICE must be just two opposites contrasted, created by God just like all other contrasted concepts.  How plain then that chance could not have been the First Cause and the Law of Chance could not have caused the universe to exist anymore than the Law of Motion or any other law of the universe could have caused the universe to be. The Law of Causality otherwise known as the Law of Cause and Effect is the most fundamental law recognised by all scientists is real and true. This Law then dictates that just as choice cannot be obtained without a cause - that is, without certain laws involved directing and causing the decision, so the result by chance cannot be obtained without certain causes and laws functioning and determining the outcome. The only difference is that the laws causing anything by choice are used deliberately and intelligently while the laws of chance are used neutrally and randomly.

When a referee tosses a coin there are several laws in operation which determine and cause the outcome. First of all the law of motion known as kinetic energy must be operational. Without kinetic energy the coin could not spin. Without the biological laws there would be no people and no teams or referee. All these laws must be in existence and programmed to function and operate in order for a toss coin to be possible and therefore a neutral and random selection - called chance - to operate. Atheists and evolutionists are dead wrong  when they claim that everything has come into existence through a blind chance. God is the creator of all things, including the law of chance, that is, randomness in contrast to the law of selection, that is, choice. It is as simple as that. Does God exist? You can bet your life that he does.









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