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Creation Apologetics Bible Study
What is Apologetics?
In the Bible, apologetics is synonymous with evangelism:
|“But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.” 1 Peter 3:15-16|
|It all started with one question…“did God really say that you can’t eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden?” |
Apologetics is a word that is often misunderstood, as if it means ‘apologizing’ for one’s faith. The word, however, derives its meaning from the Greek apologia, meaning a ‘reasoned defense’. Then more questions came after that:
“Did God really say that marriage is between one man and one woman?”
“Did God really say that there are only two sexes?”
“Did God really say that abortion is wrong?”
“Did it really only take six literal, 24-hour days to create the entire universe? Science proves that is not true!”
Have you ever been asked any of those types of questions; or have you asked any of them yourself? In this class, we will explore and find answers. In the next several weeks, you will learn about “Creation Apologetics”. First Peter defines Apologetics: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” [1Peter 3:15]
We will go on adventures of discovery into deep space; then we will go deep into our own bodies. We will learn how a Dremel tool played an important part in some of these questions. We will learn that Lucy is not a lady. We will meet Nebraska Man, and Piltdown Man. We will see, in Darwin’s actual handwriting, the note that he wrote beside his drawing of the “Tree of Life” (which is still taught today). We will learn about Tolerance, Time, and Truth. We will learn about Macro Evolution and Micro Evolution, and the great “bait-and-switch”! We will learn about Observational Science, and Historical Science. We will look through the microscope and the telescope. We will learn about Carbon Dating; Uniformitarianism; and soft tissue. We will even talk about “fire breathing dragons!” And we will learn what it all leads to when we visit Dachau, and when we meet Ota Benga.
I will tell you about my very own discovery! We will “do science”! I will even give you a chance to make some money! And, we will actually calculate the age of the Earth! We will hear from experts; and some of what you hear will shock you! You will watch a lot of video clips; and some of what you see will shock you! But through it all you will be edified, enriched, and enlightened. You will learn to answer questions using the Truth of God’s Word; and not the lies of the god of the world (Satan). And you will grow closer to the God of answers in the process. I hope that you will join me as we seek Truth and learn to view the world through different glasses. Dale Vanderhoof
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