Taking a Stand for Truth (with Dr. Fazale Rana)

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Dr. Brown is joined in the first hour by biologist Fazale Rana of Reasons to Believe as they discuss scientific apologetics; in the second hour, Dr. Brown will focus on standing for fundamental biblical truths.

 

Hour 1:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: You have nothing to fear from scientific truth. You have nothing to fear that scientists have disproven the existence of God or the truth of the Bible. The more we study, the more we learn and bow down and acknowledge the glory, wisdom, and power of our Creator.

 


Hour 2:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We are living in a time of extreme compromise and when foundational truths are being questioned and even discarded.  Now is the time to hold fast to the truth at any cost or consequence. Stand up and say, “Lord, here I am! Send me! Use me!”

 

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              Meet Dr. Fazale Rana!

“I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell’s complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life’s origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.  Still, evangelism wasn’t important to me – until my father died.” Read more here

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20 Comments
  1. That was a really good show today!

    They’ve got excellent resources on their website. I hope more of us will come to realize that we don’t need to fear science in the least. Faith is the end result of the truth upon which we stand, it’s not the reason we believe.

    Our college campuses, for the most part, don’t promote (or even allow) the exploration of any other possibilites other than their basic premise that God doesn’t exist therefore He had nothing to do with any of what we’re teaching you you should believe. End of discussion. Ah, the age of dictatorial enlightenment!

    The apologetic resources on Reason.org will help so many who are struggling with the deception of the mostly secular scientific community that spearheads our education system and their policy of exclusionism.

    Good show, thanks!

  2. I was talking with Cap’n Kirk of ZHOP Ft. Mill (now defunct) a few years ago, and the phrase 50 MILLION BABIES concerning abortion was imbedded in my mind. We need some kind of rallying cry such as this concerning evolution to wake the Church up as to what MOST of our children have and are presently learning in public schools.
    Intercessors arise!
    In Him, Ron M.

  3. Amazing show today! I think that once Christians begin to understand that science is not an enemy of the Christian faith, we will have less and less problems with unbelievers. Again, amazing show, great content and very informative!

  4. Sorry, but to clarify what I meant is.. Of course science is not the “gap”, as it were, between unbelievers. But, once we accept the fact that science doesn’t belong to the atheists we will begin to notice that it’s not so much of an intellectual, scientific problem that the unbeliever has, but it’s much deeper! It’s spiritual! The atheist can no longer hide behind science or philosophy, as has been proven by countless amounts of Christians who flourish in science and philosophy. But, it’s just as our Lord Jesus says that they are in darkness and they hate the light.

    Lord, I pray you continue to put laborers in the field, in Jesus’ name.

  5. Of course science does not belong to unbelievers. Totally agree and we must never abdicate. Everything is the LORD’s- all there is to know or discover about His creation is GOOD- He said so. We must in fact understand science and developments in those disciplines so that we can refute falsehoods, uncover dangerous unethical trends and practices, and most importantly so that we can remove obstacles that the lost might stumble over, that keep them from being free to believe in the one True God and His Savior Jesus.

    Such as- for many many decades (over a century now) the Darwinian theories and extrapolations of those theories degraded the value of man, of morals and reason, and of accountability. It is well documented that Darwin’s books and his proponents had profound affects (for bad) on people who went on to inflict grave amounts of suffering and corruption on the world. This might not have been Darwin’s goal but it is the outgrowth of a false framework that had deep commentary on who we are as humans, and what it means to struggle for the right to survive and be productive.

    Witness Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Moussolini, many others who armed with this “new understanding” of the struggle for survival, the concept of superiority those who are most “fit”, and the idea that God need not exist- these ideas led to the torture, the abuse, the trampling and death of many MILLIONS worldwide. Even abortion practices today continue-the deaths of many millions more babies, because after all they are developmentally no further along than a fish or a monkey (so claimed).

    Teachings of Nietzsche, Kant, Freude, others which stripped away morals, and the ancor for humankind in purpose and the possiblity and obligation for fellowship with our Creator.

    The loss to this world is dire and completely immeasurable.

    Science is a wonderful tool- to be pursued and used for the Glory of Him who set all things in motion, and holds them together by His might, love, and grace.

  6. Dr. Brown,

    Its good to see this kind of discussion on the program, but I would appeal to you to bring on a “young earth scientist” You may well be aware, but there is not a consensus among Christ-centered scientists about key foundational Biblical issues set forth in Genesis.

    Maybe you have in the past and I missed it, but could you please consider the ministry Answers in Genesis or Institute for Creation Research and one of their scientists to interview (they would strongly differ with those from Reasons to Believe like Rana).

  7. Geology is one of the toughest (golden gate, to be timely) bridges to cross concerning Biblical wisdom v scientific knowledge. It comes down to the Word: in this case, the Hebrew meaning of ‘Day’. This is non-specific in GOD’s eye, but how much so? What do ‘evening and morning’ represent, considering that the solar systems were not created until the 4th Day, and thus we can’t say 24 hours by default?
    There is such a huge gap between 10,000 years and billions that it becomes an ‘angels dancing on the head of a pin’ question. As a mathematician, I want a precise answer; as a theologian, I say that it will be revealed in GOD’s timing, and then we will understand.
    In Him, Ron M.

  8. Ron,

    Hermenuetics would instruct a simple historical narrative reading of Genesis. That is, every time in Scripture that “morning” and “evening” are used in conjunction with “Day” it refers to a literal 24 hour period. There is no reason to believe otherwise in Genesis 1. Biblical wisdom isn’t in oppostion to scientific knowledge as you seem to suggest. We don’t have to relegate the issue to angels dancing on the head of a pin. If we understand biblical historical narratives and Genesis clearly is, a precise answer has been revealed for our origin. The answer is in Genesis, not in “science.”

  9. Dr. Brown,

    That is encouraging to hear, I must have missed that program. I know that its difficult to speak of yourself categorically, but surely you are more persuaded that young earth creationism is better reflective of the teaching of Scripture. What is your stance?

  10. I wonder if Geology is a bridge to cross to determine the age of the earth as much as the art of wine making is one to use to determine the age of the wine Jesus made which is given mention in John 4, which is also called the beginning of miracles which he did, in Cana of Galilee. (John 2:11)

  11. Dr. Brown,
    Let’s see if you’re willing to stand for this “truth.” The Bible says the earth is flat, immovable, sits on a foundation supported by pillars and orbits the sun every day unless of course someone stops the sun from moving for a while. Christian organizations such as The Association for Biblical Astronomy, Fixedearth.com, and the Flat Earth Society all staunchly defend what the Bible says about the earth’s shape and position is the universe. So Dr. Brown what’s your opinion on the claims of these Christian organizations and are you willing to have some of their representatives on your show to discuss their beliefs? Are you brave enough to defend what the Bible really says about the shape and position of the earth? I mean really Dr. Brown, claiming evolution is not a valid explanation for the diversity of life on earth is no different than saying the earth is flat and motionless. Motionless, unless of course, God shakes the earth for a while to get our attention.

  12. The Bible also states this:

    Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over the void, and “hangs the earth upon nothing.”

    Job 26:8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them.

    Job 26:9 He covers the face of the moon, and spreads over it his cloud.

    Job 26:10 He has described a circle upon the face of the waters (Prov. 8:27) at the boundary between light and darkness.

    40:21 Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

    Isa 40:22 It is he who sits above “the circle of the earth”, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;

    Isa 40:23 who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8HFDiVzWsM (Recommended by Bede.org.uk)

    The next one brings to light the battle that never was, until recently that is.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWXUSuFVrOw&feature=channel&list=UL

  13. Hey Bo! 🙂

    Interesting we were working on the same thing. I left the page up while I nabbed the links. You’d enjoy Bede’s Library. Either one of his two books is chock full of really cool information that I’d never known before.

  14. I saw some clouds today that gave clarity to Job
    26:8 for me. God did this for me. I saw them. There were many gray clouds, the kind that often give rain, and there were much darker clouds that were holding rain.

    The dark cloud was not torn by the weight of the water it was holding.

  15. I wonder if there are scientific reasons why a darker cloud will hold it’s water while lighter ones release theirs.

  16. Boris,

    Uh oh…your transitional forms are loosing a partner thanks to British scientists.

    http://www.guampdn.com/VideoNetwork/1662585250001/New-Research-Debunks-Tetrapod-Walk-Theory

    “New research debunks tetrapod walk theory

    May 29 – A team of British-based scientists have produced a three-dimensional reconstruction of the extinct, 360-million-year-old Ichthyostega, which they say debunks long held theories about how the mammal moved on land. School children have long been taught that the animal was one of the first to develop legs, but the scientists say their reconstruction demonstrates otherwise.”

    What do they teach the children in school these days? I wonder if it will take 50 years for the text books to change, like it has in the past. Indoctrination into materialist religion doesn’t take kindly to anyone messing with their transitional forms.

    Shalom

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