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Elder's Theory of Creation: Science Summary

Science and Creation

Scientific Study
A science model is an idea used to describe what is observed. It is something that can be tested and able to be proved or disproved in some way. The cause of the creation is spiritual and generally regarded as being outside the realm of science. However, the effects that are described in Scripture are physical in form and can be studied and measured. This allows for the testing of what is predicted by the Physical Creation Model.

Physical Creation Model
Creation was made in a literal seven day period approximately 5,900 years ago. The original state of the creation was very good and, over time, things are continuing to deteriorate and become worse. Plants, animals, and mankind were created fully functional and reproducing after their own kind. The earth's surface features are primarily a result of a worldwide flood approximately 4,400 years ago.

Source of Model Information
The primary source of information for the Physical Creation Model is Scripture. In particular, emphasis is placed on the books of Moses which are also known as the Torah in Judaism and the Pentateuch in Christianity. They are understood to be literal in their historical context which provides the timeline and events that are to be studied and tested.

Physical Sciences

Physics, the study of forces and the properties of matter, shows that everything in the physical universe is deteriorating. This fits not only the theory of a special creation that is under a curse and wearing out, but is in accord with the known laws of physics such as the laws of thermodynamics and the conservation of angular momentum. The physical properties that can be measured (such as magnetism, temperature, and existence of short lived features) also indicate a young universe only thousands of years old.

Chemistry, the study of compounds and reactions, demonstrates the youthfulness of the universe as things have not reached a stable equilibrium that would be expected with age such as the location of helium. Even the very existence of the medium to heavy elements should not be possible by naturalistic causes.

Astronomy, the study of everything beyond the earth, displays the youthful properties of the solar system, galaxy, and universe through such things as the existence of meteorites, the rapid spiral of the galaxy formations, and the relatively few supernova remnants. It also displays that nothing new is being formed by the lack of new star formation.

Earth Sciences

Geology, the study of the earth's land forms, exhibits the rates of erosion, deposition, and decay that is consistent with a young earth only thousands of years old. The earth contains sedimentary layers and plate tectonics showing rapid formation and catastrophic deformation. The earth's molten core, rotation in space, decaying magnetic field, and polar ice caps also demonstrate youth.

Hydrology, the study of earth's water, reveals the effects water has had upon this planet through flooding and glacier formation. This includes the evidence of a worldwide flood that devastated the world and has produced the earth's current surface more than any other physical action.

Meteorology, the study of earth's atmosphere, shows the changes that have undergone the atmosphere such as reduced oxygen.

Biological Sciences

Botany, the study of plants, show the appearance of fully developed and fruit bearing plants with the photosynthetic ability to support life.

Zoology, the study of animals, exhibits the sudden appearance of complex life forms rather than a linear progression of simple to complex. The fossil record indicates rapid formation with no intermediates between kinds. Genetic studies show only the narrowing of available genes rather than the appearance of anything new.

Anthropology, the study of mankind and cultures, reveals that people did not develop from a primitive animal and has existed simultaneously with dinosaurs. Also revealed is the sudden appearance of many developed language groups.

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Thu, Feb 11th - 9:10PM

The Laws of Thermodynamics - Scientific Theory in the Creation and Evolution Debate

The Laws of Thermodynamics - Scientific Theory in the Creation and Evolution Debate

The Laws of Thermodynamics - Scientific Theory in the Creation and Evolution Debate
By []Todd Elder

The word 'thermodynamics' comes from the Greek words 'therme' which references heat and 'dynamis' which references power. The scientific field of thermodynamics examines 'heat power' in regard to an ability to do work and conversion to other forms of energy. The laws of thermodynamics are as fundamental and absolute as science can achieve. All things in the observable universe follow these laws.

Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
The zeroth law of thermodynamics considers the interactions of two or more systems that come into contact with each other. This law became necessary after the other three laws were established which explains the unusual name. This law basically states that objects which come into contact with each other and are able to exchange heat or energy will do so until they become equal. An example of this is placing an ice cube into a hot beverage and waiting until it is all the same temperature.

First Law of Thermodynamics
The first law of thermodynamics considers the quantity of heat in a system. It is also known as the law of conservation of energy. Although the heat power or energy of the system can change forms, the amount of energy contained in the system is always the same. When the quantity of something does not change, it is said to be conserved. This is summed up in the mathematical formula of W=Q-U where the work (W) equals the energy of the system (Q) minus the internal energy of the system (U). This equation is an energy balance equation that tells us where the energy in the system is located.

Second Law of Thermodynamics
The second law of thermodynamics considers the quality of the heat in a system and how much is lost to excess motion or to the surrounding environment. The quality is here defined as the ability to do work. This law details that over time a system will have less and less usable energy available for work. This is typically measured in terms of entropy and is the measure of energy in a system that cannot be changed into work or also commonly referred to as the amount of disorder in a system.

The Open System Debate
Classical thermodynamics have dealt with closed systems. Because of this, evolutionists are quick to declare the second law of thermodynamics does not apply to the earth because it is an open system that constantly gains energy from the sun. However, there is no reason to think that laws concerning heat flow would not work in an open system and indeed the second law of thermodynamics has been found to be equally valid in both open and closed systems. Furthermore, it is self-evident that the laws of thermodynamics will function in an open earth system since that is where they were discovered, tested, and found to be true.

Man-made Machine Debate
Evolutionists attempt to prove the second law of thermodynamics can be disregarded by using man-made machines as examples of something capable of changing the environment. A commonly used example is the refrigerator. Using man-made machines creates a poor argument. Ultimately it cannot be compared with the natural processes that are available to evolution. The refrigerator was designed with a compressor and condenser coils which work on regular planned intervals to create a deliberate and sustained decrease in temperature (and therefore entropy) inside of the refrigerator. This is not the same as the spontaneous self-assembly needed for evolution.

Snowflakes and Crystals Debate
One more attempt by evolutionists to overcome these laws is using objects in nature that have a pattern such as a crystal or snowflake. Again, this argument does not hold up. The comparison uses a nonfunctional object with a repetitive geometric pattern and then compares it with a complex living creature that is able to carry information.

The Laws of Thermodynamics describe how many things in life operate because of their relationship to heat and energy. In the evolution and creation debate, these laws are found to support the side of creation and make evolutionary principles difficult or impossible to occur.

Todd Elder is a believer in the Messiah who wants to help people understand Scripture and know the message of Salvation. For more information about the theology and science of creation, please visit Exploring Creation at and look under 'Study'.

Article Source: [] The Laws of Thermodynamics - Scientific Theory in the Creation and Evolution Debate

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Thu, Feb 11th - 9:06PM

Prophecies of the Messiah - Ancestries of Joseph and Mary Explain Matthew 1 and Luke 3

<p>Prophecies of the Messiah - Ancestries of Joseph and Mary Explain Matthew 1 and Luke 3<br>
By <a href="" >Todd Elder</a></p>

<p>One of the more prominent prophecies of the Messiah is that He would be a descendant of King David. The fulfillment of this prophecy turns out to be more complicated than expected. The two ancestries of Yahshuah the Messiah, as found in Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 3, have caused some confusion. Yet, if we understand the history of the people in those ancestries, we see an amazing picture come together and find that He is indeed the Messiah.</p><p><b>Matthew 1</b>
<br>It is generally regarded that Matthew was writing to the Jewish people, especially to those in or near Jerusalem. Because of this, Matthew's lineage focuses on showing how Yahshuah would fulfill the promises of being a King of Israel through the royal lineage of King David. This would come to Him through his adoptive father Joseph. Matthew continues the lineage back to Abraham that would also show how Yahshuah would answer the covenant promises and prophecies of being the Chosen One that was promised to all of Israel.</p><p><b>Luke 3</b>
<br>Luke was writing to the Hellenistic people who were made up of the Greek Jews and of the Gentiles that were becoming believers. For this reason, he took the ancestry not just to David or to Abraham, but all the way back to Adam to show that the Messiah would fulfill all the prophecies given throughout all the history of mankind and for mankind. This shows the actual blood lineage that one can trace from Mary to King David, back to Abraham, and back to Adam.</p><p><b>Joseph and the Kingly Inheritance</b>
<br>Upon accepting Mary as his wife and adopting Yahshuah, Joseph had the position of raising a firstborn son who was not genetically his own but who would still receive the firstborn right of inheritance. With Joseph, this included the inheritance to the throne of David. Yet the Messiah could not come from Solomon's line as was Joseph. In this ancestral line, we find the kings of Judah including Jeconiah. Jeconiah was king when Judah went into Babylonian captivity. In Jeremiah 22:24-30, we read that the Almighty was so displeased with Jeconiah that He cursed that lineage so none of Jeconiah's descendants would ever have the throne nor rule in Judah. Thus, any genetic descendant of Joseph would fall under this curse and would not be able to succeed as king. Through the adoption by Joseph, Yahshuah was able to receive the kingly inheritance from David without having the curse that came from Jeconiah.</p><p><b>Mary and the Building of a House</b>
<br>In 1 King 5:5 we read "Also behold, I declare unto building house unto name Yahveh Elohim that instructed Yahveh with David my father unto declaring your son that I give instead above throne he builds the house unto My name. (WGV)" This passage contains a prophecy with a double fulfillment. It was Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, that physically built the Temple that is the physical house of Yahveh. However, Mary descended from the line of Nathan who was also a child of David and Bathsheba. In the passage above, the Hebrew verb translated as 'give' is nattan and has the same root word as Nathan's name. It could easily be understood as 'your son Nathan instead above throne he builds the house unto My name.' This signified that the Messiah, who will build the Kingdom of Heaven as a spiritual house, would come not from Solomon's line but from Nathan's line through Mary.</p><p>Yahshuah the Messiah is the descendant of King David through both the ancestries of Joseph and Mary. This exact combination of birth and adoption allows Him to fulfill the promises of the Messiah as the son of David and as the promised King.</p><p>Todd Elder is a believer in the Messiah who wants to help people understand Scripture and know the message of Salvation. For more information from the Prophecies of the Messiah series, please visit the website <i>Exploring Salvation</i> at <a target="_new" href="http://www.exploringsalvation.info"></a> and look under 'Messiah'.</p>

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Thu, Jan 21st - 10:11PM

Disciplines of Worship - The Top Ten Ways to Worship the Almighty

Disciplines of Worship - The Top Ten Ways to Worship the Almighty
By []Todd Elder

Within Scripture, the Almighty has instructed us on how to have a close relationship with Him. The disciplines of worship are not an end to seek after. Rather, they are a means to a close relationship to the One Most High. The results of learning these disciplines include knowing His will for our lives, living in His blessing, and being effective in our work for the Kingdom of Heaven.

(1) Powerful Prayer
Prayer is the greatest form of worship. When we speak to the Almighty, we are working in the spiritual. This is directly in contrast to attempting our own actions in the physical. Seeking His solution to our problems shows how much greater are His ways than ours.

(2) Routine Righteousness
There are two levels of righteousness in the Scriptures. The first is the Righteousness of the Messiah that leads to Salvation. This is very different from the righteousness of our actions that lead to the Almighty's blessing in our life. Our righteousness is to follow the example of our Savior. In this regard, our righteous actions can be viewed as a fruit of our salvation.

(3) Fervent Faith
Without faith, very little is possible. Faith is the most difficult of the disciplines. We are constantly challenged by our flesh and logic to trust in the Almighty's promises of love and care. We are further challenged by patiently waiting on actions to occur in the spiritual that we cannot see.

(4) Potent Praise
To praise the Almighty is to publicly give honor to authority where it is due. Elohim is our master and guide, the one who makes provision through all our life. When we speak to others of the wonderful things He has done in our lives, we are sharing the praise that He deserves.

(5) Continuing Confession
All sin is a hindrance in our relationship with the Almighty and in our ability to enjoy life. Confession, as a part of repentance, is a means of restoring the soul to a peaceful state. The One Most High is always ready to forgive and bring us close when we have moved away.

(6) Honest Humility
The act of humility simply means to not lift oneself up or to not praise oneself. Genuine humility does not require putting oneself down which often leads to a form of false humility which is a lie. Humility is a prerequisite to all forms of worship and can sum up the fruits of the Spirit as well.

(7) Frequent Fasting
The time of fasting is not always much in quantity, but it is high in quality since it focuses on the spiritual aspects of life and the One Most High. While fasting is a physical act of not eating food, the spiritual effects are astonishing and can be summed up in the word 'intensifying'. Our perception of the Almighty's will for our lives and our prayers to Him both become more intense.

(8) Telling Testimony
The sharing of personal testimonies, the events which one has experienced and witnessed in life, is one of the best ways possible to encourage other believers or open the gospel message to non-believers. Sometimes, by recalling for others what the Almighty has already done in our lives, it can encourage and strengthen the faith of oneself to move on to even greater events in life.

(9) Standard Simplicity
Simplicity is an important element in the modern world. Understanding simplicity enables a person to place priorities and possessions in proper order. It allows a person to discern between the important and the urgent and to realize what is complicating life needlessly. It produces time to use with Scripture and the Almighty.

(10) Persevering Persecution
In many places of the world, persecution for one's religious beliefs is a reality. Wherever one lives, the physical and mental preparation for this event is a necessity for a believer in the Messiah. An active relationship with the Almighty, before trouble comes, is what carries a person through the tough times.

The disciplines of worship ask a person to humble themselves and let the Almighty be the Master. This type of worship allows the One Most High to work in a believer's life in ways not otherwise possible. A rich and full relationship is the reward for those who learn to worship as He has instructed and do not follow man-made traditions.

Todd Elder is a believer in the Messiah who wants to help people understand Scripture and know the message of salvation. For more information from the Disciplines of Worship series, please visit the website Exploring Salvation at and look under 'Covenant'.

Article Source: [] Disciplines of Worship - The Top Ten Ways to Worship the Almighty

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