- Tapa dura: 192 páginas
- Editor: Thomas Nelson Publishers (1 de agosto de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0785270418
- ISBN-13: 978-0785270416
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Solving Bible Mysteries is only so big and it can't answer every question you have ever had or ever will, but the book hits some big ones and restores your faith in the thought that there are some answers that can be had, answers that don't insult you if you think at times.
This has been a delightful read so far and my book is all highlighted and underlined and I propose to go through the book in detail the next time through once I'm done with just reading the book for the fun of it.
It is written in an easy to read and friendlt style often missing when such subjects are addressed
Michael L. Ford, Th.D.
I believe that a problem with American society is not that some homosexuals want to get married. It is that a vastly larger number of heterosexuals do not want to get married and to stay married to the parents of their children.
Of the various leaders of the religious right I have always found D. James Kennedy the most impressive. When services from his church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida were broadcast on the Coral Ridge Hour on Sunday evening, I would usually watch them.
I mention this to point out that I approach a book like Solving Bible Mysteries with the desire to agree with as much of it as I can. Nevertheless, the only people who are likely to agree with his most important assertions are likely to be already convinced. I am a Democrat, an Episcopalian, and a reluctant believer in evolution.
D. James Kennedy does a skillful pirouette around the doctrine of predestination. He thinks it is an excellent doctrine. In its starkest form, as presented by John Calvin, predestination holds that at the beginning of time God decreed that a small number of people would go to Heaven and the vast majority would go to Hell. Moreover, God decided everyone’s eventual destination. There was no changing the decree of the divine judge. There are places in the New Testament where Christians have been selected by God. Nevertheless, parables like the Prodigal Son demonstrate that sinners can repent.
Ezekiel 33:11 reads, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”
D. James Kennedy softens the doctrine of predestination somewhat by saying that while God predestines some people to Heaven, he predestines no one to Hell.
Even if a Christian does not believe in the literal truth of the Genesis creation story, the virgin birth presents no difficulties. A God who created the universe can have his Son born of a virgin.
The problem is that D. James Kennedy does believe in the literal truth of the Genesis creation story. After claiming, “In recent years, the weight of scientific evidence has been tilting the scales in favor of the Bible, and against,” Darwinian evolution, he resorts to appeals to emotion. Yes, Darwinian evolution did inspire the Nazis. It also inspired the social Darwinist defense of laissez faire capitalism. Kennedy does not complain about that, because he likes laissez faire capitalism, although he does not say so in this book.
When Kennedy gets back to science he claims that something as complex as DNA could not have arrived by chance. Well, not in a week or two. Nevertheless, in 1953 in the University of Chicago two researchers recreated the atmospheric conditions and climate believed to have existed when the earth was young, and created amino acids in a few weeks. From amino acids to DNA is less of a jump, but no Darwinian evolutionist claims it happened in a few weeks.
Kennedy does not go into detail, but belief in the literal truth of the Genesis creation story requires one to believe that “the heavens and the earth” were created less than seven thousand years ago. If this is true, the light from most of the stars one sees on a cloudless night began moving to the earth before the stars existed.
When he claims that Noah’s Ark really did exist he argues plausibly from its descriptions in Genesis that it had “more than 1.5 million cubic feet.” Sorry. That is still not large enough to contain a pair of every animal on earth.
When he argues that Noah’s flood really occurred he asks, “why is the story of a worldwide flood so indelible impressed upon the memory of mankind all around the world?”
Well, it is not. I am reasonably well read in the oldest writings of the oldest civilizations in history. The only obvious mention of a flood comes from the Epic of Gilgamesh. This originated with the Babylonians and the Assyrians.
D. James Kennedy was a charismatic and brilliant religious leader. I miss his Coral Ridge Hour. Solving Bible Mysteries is only likely to convince the already convinced. Nevertheless, I like Fundamentalists. God bless ‘em. I think they have a better understanding of human nature than many Darwinists.