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July 2, 2011 Tags: Christ & New Creation

Today's sermon features Ravi Zacharias. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here.

Although it is now clear that we, “the sons and daughters of Adam,” were created through an evolutionary process, we believe that all of humankind has a fallen nature in need of redemption. Like Eve before us, we hear a voice telling us that we can sort out good and evil on our own. We don’t need God, we think. We, like the primal couple, can easily be fooled into thinking that life is best lived our way and not God’s. We listen to the voice that tells us that we can become like God--we can become the masters of our own destiny. We can sort out good from evil for ourselves. Who needs God to tell them what to do? Why listen to God? The Bible calls the act of living life our way and not God’s, sin. Regardless of the historicity of two unique individuals named Adam and Eve--a topic that has received much discussion on these pages--of much greater significance is that we are sinful creatures in need of redemption.

Today's featured sermon (first posted in ITunes on April 2, 2011) focuses in on the sin problem, but more significantly it lays out the profundity which exists in its answer. Listen to what Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has to say about the gravity of the problem and the eternal wisdom found within God’s kenotic solution.


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Ravi Zacharias is presently Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, the leader of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and speaker for his radio programs “Let my People Think” and “Just Thinking.” For forty years he has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and has been honored with the conferring of three doctoral degrees. Dr. Zacharias has authored or edited over twenty books including Can Man Live Without God, Why Jesus, and Has Christianity Failed You?


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Roger A. Sawtelle - #63072

July 2nd 2011

In the beginning was the Word. . . . .


Jacob AG - #63081

July 3rd 2011

We, like the primal couple, can easily be fooled into thinking that life is best lived our way and not God’s. We listen to the voice that tells us that we can become like God… The Bible calls the act of living life our way and not God’s, sin.”

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Genesis tells us that the primal couple did become like God, which was their sin, knowing good and evil:
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div>“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Genesis 3:4


Darrel F - #63085

July 3rd 2011

Hi Jacob,


Until then, according to this magnificent divinely inspired story, they knew only good.  By disobeying, they came to know evil….and with that they were locked out of the garden and had no access to the Tree of Life..a very sad ending to Part I.  ...but there is a sequel, and Zacharias summarizes the sequel poignantly.

Blessings,
Darrel

KevinR - #63110

July 5th 2011

Although it is now clear that we, “the sons and daughters of Adam,” were created through an evolutionary process,
Sorry to have to pop your  bubble, but it’s as clear as mud that we “evolved”. From what we currently know in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and information theory, life cannot arise spontaneously and neither can a single cellular organism change into a multi-cellular one.

There just isn’t the right kind of information available in pure random physical processes to start life and then secondly there isn’t any new information generated thru random mutations and natural selection to provide new materials, new structures, new functionalities and new information as to how to use those new items. Here I’m talking about a lizard turning into a bird for instance. Just doesn’t happen. The bible is quite clear on this. God created everything in six literal days that man can relate to. Hence there’s not enough time for evolution to occur.

If you claim to believe that Jesus rose from the dead - which you get from the bible, then you have to submit to the same clear basic reading of Gen. 1 and especially exodus 20:11. Six literal days is what is says in both the verse and the context. You can’t get around it.

Evolution is expressly excluded. Period.


Cal - #63121

July 5th 2011

You realize evolution does not mean atheist or naturalism or materialism right?!?

A Christian who accepts evolutionary means would agree that life did not arise “spontaneously”, it was a Creation by the Word of God.

Obviously there is no “clear basic” reading of Gen 1. Some of the Earliest Christians did not find Genesis as some scientific manifesto to the Creation of the Universe. So I’m slamming the door on any “you’re just wishy-washy, appealing to the world, because of so-called ‘science”. I’m interested in Truth and I’m not scared of what the evidence will tell me. Jesus’ resurrection is the focal point of Eternity.


CMG - #63168

July 7th 2011

It seems clear to me that you are set in your way of thinking, so I say this not to argue with you but rather to speak up for the sake of others who might read this.
Kevin R said,

From what we currently know in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology
and information theory, life cannot arise spontaneously and neither can
a single cellular organism change into a multi-cellular one.


This is false. From what we currently know in the fields of chemistry, physics, and biology (I can’t comment as an authority in information theory - that’s not my expertise) we have every reason to suppose that multicellular organisms DID arise from simpler, single celled organisms, and the possibility of life arising from non-living physical parts - amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids, etc - assembled according to natural, physical laws (upheld and ordained by God in my belief) is certainly viable, from a scientific standpoint. Evolution does not suggest that lizards sometimes just turn into birds. This is blatant misrepresentation of evolutionary theory.

If people choose for personal reasons to reject evolutionary theory, I don’t take issue with that. The science however is solid and reasonable. If it turns out that humans weren’t created via (NOT by, in my argument) evolution, it sure looks like we were. Also, it is worth communicating that you don’t have to be an atheist to be convinced by the evidence for evolution. You pretty much have to have a religious reason not to, and for a world with lots of not-yet believers this is a rather important thing to consider.



lead soldier - #75556

December 20th 2012

Does Zacharias endorse the text that goes with these messages? Has he approved their placement here merely to reinforce the need for redemption? The context implies that he supports your “it is clear that” position. Does he even know that these videos are here? There does not seem to be any reference to evolution in these two samples. Is Zacharias giving tacit approval to the BioLogos position on evolution, or appearing here on the understanding that while he may believe in a literal Adam and Eve, he acknowledges with you that it is not the most vital issue?

 

Some clarification would be appreciated. What is going on here? Who is using whom?


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