Without Excuse

My salvation experience was fortified in 1973 upon hearing a lecture by Dr. Henry Morris on “the Genesis flood.” It was in the early days of the Institute for Creation Research out of San Diego, California. It’s likely that some believers paid for him to come to my hometown to speak. I recall he spoke in a high school theater. When he told of the undeniable physical evidence of a worldwide catastrophic deluge, it was quite easy to correlate God’s power to judge with his power to save.

Romans 1:20 says,

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Logically, and this seems backward, if he could create a tree, he could send his Son to die for me. That night I banked irrefutable evidence of the existence of God, and rock-solid support for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Now, of course, all this information flew and continues to fly in the face of modern science and was laughable when compared to the geologist’s fervent adherence to paleontology. But one flyover of the Rockies was enough for me to confirm, yes, there is a God. These majestic mountains in particular looked like my childhood backyard sandbox creations after pouring a bucket of water on them from above; there were easily discernible patterns of erosion that could have only been caused by voluminous amounts of receding water, as indicated in Genesis 7:19-20.

The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

Since then, I’ve made a number of such inviolable truth deposits into my storehouse of scientific evidence of God’s creation. But these, as Paul put it, are in the “clearly seen” category. You can quickly get into the weeds with all of this, as Satan has had his minions, Darwin, et al, develop counter arguments for absolutely everything, but I still hang on God’s word and believe him when he says the proof can be clearly witnessed with one’s own eyes to the point we all are without excuse.

My most recent deposit came after listening to one of my favorite “internet” Bible teachers, now passed on to glory, Chuck Missler, who taught a weekly class at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa under Chuck Smith for twenty years, and went on to found Koinonia House now based in New Zealand. He was talking about Job 38:31, and pointing out that the constellations Pleiades and Orion were not stars that only appeared associated from our viewpoint on earth, but were actually gravitationally connected. His proof, which is supported by astronomers, is here.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Job 38:31

Job was written most likely in the ancient days of Abraham and yet it was spot on. More important is the teaching of this verse: Who is powerful enough to break the bonds of these stars? Only God, if he was so inclined, because he connected them in the first place!

It’s astounding and amazing to me to see confirmation of the Creator every which way we look!

Back in those early days of college I was so excited about these findings and the proofs in the fossil records that after I ended my brief attempt at pre-medical studies in the sciences, I switched over to pre-law. In the public speaking and debate classes I had the nerve to “take on” the now well ensconced evolutionary theory. I was shouted down of course. One student was particularly vocal. I remember him as he was fully bearded, blending easily into the hippie culture. Weeks later I attended a lecture by Dr. Morris’ partner, Dr. Duane T. Gish, an expert in the fossil record. I looked in the back row and there was the bearded guy. There could only be one reason he was there.

His word does not return void!

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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