December 13, 2018

Rob Skiba, The Genius of

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Authored by Rob Skiba;

Contrary to the wildly active gossip mill, I do NOT believe one needs to believe the Earth is flat in order to be saved. That’s a stupid, strawman argument, perpetuated by ignorant people prone to accepting and spreading gossip. It’s like making the pre-Trib. Rapture doctrine a “salvation issue.” We can believe in LOTS of “non-essentials,” while still holding to the core essentials. Hence, we have tens of thousands of “denominations” all based on various NON-essential beliefs. For me, this is no different.

That said, I do agree that FE is an important (though NOT a CORE essential) topic. Why? Because a house crumbles if built upon a faulty foundation. If Genesis 1 is bogus, then with what sort of foundation are we left? And sorry, but there simply is NO WAY to get a spinning, heliocentric, globular Earth hurling through an ever expanding vacuum of space out of anything in Genesis 1 (nor anywhere else in Scripture).

But frankly, this is not the only difficulty people have with Genesis. In the Creation account, you have an entire universe created in six literal days – and it’s made primarily by WORDS. Then you have a man being formed from dirt. A woman coming from said man’s rib. You have magical trees and a talking snake who gets the first humans to fall into “sin” by eating some fruit, which will condemn all future generations… and all this just in the first 3 chapters! By any “scientific” worldview, this is all total nonsense. Yet, most of us claim it as self-evident fact and believe it.

Reading further, any reasonable scholar who looks at Genesis 6 (and the MASSIVE amount of historical supporting evidence) confesses to a belief in angels mating with women to produce giants. Then, there’s a world-wide Flood, which is survived by 8 people, who built an ark and put representatives of every animal in it for safety (along with all the plants needed for food). A few hundred years later, a dude builds a “high tower to reach into heaven” and YHWH puts a stop to it by confounding their languages. Not long thereafter, YHWH picks a dude to be His primary representative and tells him to cut off the tip of his penis in order to seal the deal. Yeah… like that’s not weird.

On the surface, let’s face it, the first 15 chapters of Genesis are patently absurd to the unbelieving, “scientific” world. And yet, it’s these same 15 chapters, which form the foundation for the WHOLE STORY that plays out through the end of the book of Revelation. It’s the Act 1 set up to the classic three Act story arc. And it is precisely for this reason that the enemy has done all he can to try and utterly destroy or marginalize what’s in those 15 chapters.

So, when we really get down to it, regardless of FE cosmology, if you really think about what we believe (and I didn’t even mention the talking donkey, floating axe, people chillin’ out in a fiery furnace or den of lions, a man walking on water, Who later willingly allows Himself to be murdered in the most painful way imaginable – in order to redeem the sin of eating a piece of fruit offered by a talking snake. This same Savior then raises from the dead and is later going to split the sky and come to us on a flying horse, followed by a massive floating city), at this point, it’s kind of hard for us to call anything “crazy” while still believing all of that other stuff. So, I’m of the “embrace the madness” mindset. When it comes to Scripture, it’s all or nothing for me.

But I might add, they (the secular “science” community) aren’t much better – what with their belief in beer bubble universes exploding from microscopic dots, creating man from goo to you by way of the zoo and a host of other related nonsense. They have just as many (if not more) waaaaay out there, crazy beliefs than we do. So, to be brutally honest, NO ONE has the intellectual high ground here. You simply have to pick which brand of “crazy” you think best.

As for me and my house, I’m going with Scripture. Let God be true and every man a liar. But in order to do so, I can’t wed Scripture to the nonsense of “science falsely so-called.” And that’s precisely what MOST Christians/Torah folks are doing when they embrace modern cosmology and try to defend it with Scripture. They are forcing star-shaped pegs into circular holes. It’s just not going to work. The two world-views are not even remotely compatible. And to try to force them into agreement is simply not good scholarship, nor is it being intellectually honest with the text, oneself, or the audience.

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