Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Abortion: Not Just a Modern Evil

By Matthew Zuk

Ultrasound Picture of an Unborn Baby
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While the morality of abortion may be hotly debated in secular society, Christians should not be divided on this issue. We can and must stand firm on God’s Word, which tells us that life begins at conception and abortion is therefore a sin. This article will detail not only the stance of God’s Word on the subject it will also explain that abortion is not a recent practice; it has been going on for thousands of years.

Abortion and its Tragic History


Most people believe that abortion is a modern custom because in ancient times abortion looked different than it does today. For some reason, killing an infant after it is born is viewed differently than killing the infant while he/she is still in the womb. In reality there is no difference and both accomplish the same goal: the murder of an unwanted child.

In the ancient world there were many cases where cultures murdered children after they were born because they were deformed, unwanted, or an inconvenient gender.

Spartans for instance would kill any deformed or handicapped children by leaving them in the wilderness to die from starvation or be killed by animals. A deformed child would not benefit society; they would only be a burden.[1] Romans also performed this heinous crime; in fact the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, were supposedly abandoned by their mother and were raised instead by wolves (while this story is most likely fiction, it does show that the practice was accepted).[2]

Similar Excuses


An article pertaining to this atrocity was recently released on LiveScience. It states that according to ancient Roman texts, infanticide (the killing of babies, the same as abortion) was an accepted practice to control the size of the family or simply because the babies were unwanted. I would like to draw attention to a certain quote taken from this article:[3]

“As horrifying as the killing of newborns seems to modern people, in ancient Rome, babies weren’t considered fully human upon birth. Instead, they gained humanity over time, first with their naming a few days after birth, and later when they cut teeth and could eat solid food.”[4] – Simon Mays, skeletal biologist for English Heritage (emphasis added).

Now I ask the question, does this sound at all familiar? The Ancient Romans used the same excuse that people use today to justify their actions! The only difference is that now, since people have the capability to kill a baby earlier than birth, they just push back the definition of humanity: a child doesn’t become human until a certain time in the womb. However this is just an excuse.

Science has proven that a baby is a human being at the moment of conception. As soon as fertilization takes place the baby has all the information needed to make up a human life.[5] The baby still needs to be in his/her mother’s womb for a time so that it can be nurtured, but that doesn’t make it any less human. Even a one-year-old baby isn’t self-sufficient and yet the world would be in an uproar if people began to murder young infants.

Yet when abortions take place many people don’t even blink or give it a second thought. People who would condemn Ancient Rome or Sparta for their cruelty (rightly so), fail to see that there is no difference between the Roman and Spartan practices and what society does today. In fact it is even worse today! Many people get abortions for the smallest issues: they don’t have time, they don’t think they can care for it, they don’t want to complicate life, and many other flippant reasons. Many place more value on the life and comfort of the mother and her rights while ignoring the rights of the individual growing in her womb. There are even cases where I have heard that people acknowledged that babies are human upon conception, but still maintained it is the right of the mother to kill that child. That is called murder; no one has the right to murder a child just because they are a supposed “inconvenience”. This is how people are treating human life created in God’s image!

What does God’s Word say?


“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 136:13-16)

God has knit, and is knitting, each human being in the womb, from conception to birth. He creates each individual as unique and yet cast in His own image! Yet people are ignoring that fact and casting aside the value of human life. One source that lends strength to this practice is the theory of evolution and its “survival of the fittest” mentality.

Just think, the Spartans lived out “survival of the fittest”; any deformed babies have no right to life because they either can’t survive or cannot benefit society. That is natural selection. If you hold to evolution, you believe that humans are just animals that happen to be more intelligent than other animals. It completely undermines the value of human life - that’s why evolution is so dangerous! It has contributed to a lack of respect for human life. By projecting evolution out to its logical conclusion, abortion is okay because human life is nothing special.

Sobering Statistics


Our culture has condoned mass murder in the form of abortion. According to http://www.numberofabortions.com/ over 56 million babies in the U.S. have been murdered since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Since 1980 more than 1.3 billion babies have been murdered worldwide… 1.3 billion… those are staggering numbers!

During World War II approximately 60 million people worldwide were killed.[6] About 6 million Jews were killed in the holocaust by Nazi Germany.[7] I don’t take those numbers lightly; in fact I don’t use the term holocaust to describe anything else, because the holocaust was so horrific. What was done in Nazi Germany is considered to be among the worst of all war crimes ever committed. The majority of the world rose up against them; today the entire world would rise up against anyone who attempted to do what was done in World War II. And yet, as horrific as the holocaust was, it is relatively minor compared to what has been going on for the past 40 years (6 million Jews murdered compared to 1.3 billion children). And yet the world stands silent, and permits murder on a scale greater than any other time that we know of in history. I pray that people will come to their senses on the issue of abortion. As Christians we must do all we can to stand firm on the Word of God when it comes to this issue.

Conclusion


As I am sure you can see by reading this article, this subject makes me passionate and angry about the tragedy and sin taking place. However, I would like to be sure to say that it is the sin I hate, not the sinner. For anyone reading this who has had an abortion, there is hope! We grieve for your child and we grieve for you. I encourage you to turn to God and run into His arms. God is able to forgive all things, nothing barred. God can forgive the liar, He can forgive the adulterer, He can forgive the homosexual, and He can forgive the murderer. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all of those things! He took on our sin and He paid the penalty. What we have done in rebellion to God is worthy of death and eternal punishment and separation from God. Our penalty is severe, and yet Christ paid it! All we must do is repent and trust in Christ! We have to accept God’s most gracious gift and turn from our former ways. So for those who have had an abortion, seek forgiveness from God! It is only by His grace and His gift that you can be saved! Thanks be to God for His amazing power and love!

For more on the Gospel and salvation please visit: http://geniusofancientman.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-gospel-greatest-message-of-all-time.html



[1] Andrews, Evan. "8 Reasons It Wasn't Easy Being Spartan." 8 Reasons It Wasn't Easy Being Spartan - HISTORY Lists. http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/8-reasons-it-wasnt-easy-being-spartan (accessed April 23, 2014).
[2] Pappas, Stephanie. "Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn't Spare Either Sex, DNA Suggests ." Ancient Roman Infanticide Didn't Spare Either Sex, DNA Suggests | LiveScience. http://www.livescience.com/42834-ancient-roman-infanticide.html (accessed April 23, 2014).
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Mitchell, Tommy . "Chapter 29: When Does Life Begin?." Chapter 29: When Does Life Begin? - Answers in Genesis. http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab2/when-does-life-begin (accessed April 24, 2014).
[6] www.secondworldwarhistory.com. "World War 2 Casualty Statistics." World War 2 Statistics. http://www.secondworldwarhistory.com/world-war-2-statistics.asp (accessed April 23, 2014).
[7] www.historyplace.com. "Statistics of the Holocaust." The History Place - Holocaust Timeline: Statistics of the Holocaust. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/h-statistics.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Biographies of Ancient Man: Noah

By Analea Styles

Lately there has been one biblical name that seems to be on everyone’s lips, showing up all over in news feeds, blogs, and social media platforms. He even has a hashtag! But who is this “Noah” that everyone is talking about? Well he’s Darren Aronofsky’s fantastical cinematic Noah. And he’s the biblical Noah of Genesis. And he’s everyone’s own interpretation of the two.

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An artist's imaginative rendition of Noah and the Ark 
The purpose of this post is not to get into the debate over said recent film. Read our review of Noah if you are interested in our stance. Instead, we would like to introduce you to the Noah the Bible teaches as one of the most intelligent, skilled, and righteous men of the ancient world.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Reviewing "Noah": Bible-based Entertainment or Deceptive Heresy?

By Brian Mariani

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Coming March 28th, acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky will share with the world his newest movie, entitled Noah, which is supposedly based on the biblical account of Noah. People are abuzz with anticipation, but WAIT! Be forewarned…there is a lot of controversy surrounding this new movie starring Russell Crowe as Noah, among numerous other all-star actors and actresses. Is this “biblically-based epic” really true to Scripture?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Modern Mystery

By Brian Mariani 

Coral Castle
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We love mysteries. We can’t help it! God created man with the desire to learn and explore and discover His beautiful creation. Satan sometimes uses this characteristic of man to tempt us. Just like he offered knowledge to Eve in the Garden, sometimes our desire to “know” can lead us away from God instead of toward Him. However this doesn’t mean it is a sin to investigate mysteries, but we should always be wary of our motivations.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Incredible Journey (Part Two)

By Bethany Youngblood

Artist Depiction of Tower of Babel
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(Be sure to read Part One of The Incredible Journey if you missed it!)

How Did They Go?


Now that we have a general idea of what direction these groups of people where headed in, how did they get there? It is an exhausting exercise to imagine that everyone simply walked all those miles day after day after day until finally arriving in some random place that looked like home. So was this migration some sort of mad dash, or a slow trek?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Incredible Journey

By Bethany Youngblood

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"So The Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because The Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Genesis 11:8-9 KJV)

The Biblical account of the Tower of Babel is a familiar one. We know that it was at Babel that God divided the languages and thereby scattered the people in all directions to fill the earth and multiply. But we are not so familiar with the span of time between the dispersion and the many civilizations that were created by the migration from Babel. Evolutionary models for how man populated the globe are so common that when confronted with the question of how it happened from a biblical perspective and within a biblical timeframe, we often come up short for answers.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Reviewing Ham vs. Nye

Dear readers,

We are sure many of you are aware of the significant event that took place in Petersburg, Kentucky last night. It was broadcasted live online and reached an estimated (minimumtwo million people! Not to mention the many more who will watch the recorded version available online for free or later purchase as a digital download or DVD copy. This event is the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate.

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Our team would like to take this opportunity to publicly express our thanks to Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis (AiG) and also briefly share each of our thoughts on the debate.

Ken, praise the Lord for using you to share His Word with so many people worldwide! You stepped up as a leader and represented Him well by sharing the Truth. You engaged countless unbelievers and believers alike by drawing attention to this crucial discussion that has already produced numerous print and digital articles, social network conversations, and other multimedia resources. You upheld the ultimate authority of the Bible as the very basis of the laws of logic, science and morality. You presented the Gospel clearly several times throughout the debate, and we pray the Lord will use the message you shared to draw many hearts to Himself!

We pray each of our readers would take the time to contemplate the messages presented in the debate. We hope you were encouraged and will continue in what Ken Ham has started here. Follow Christ and share the Truth with those who have no hope!

Here are a few thoughts from our team:

Drawing Worldview Conclusions

Don Landis
Pastor of CBC, Chairman of Board at AiG, President of JHBC

Creation debate, review, ancient manMr. Nye wanted a prediction. Here it is: Believe in evolution (his worldview woven with evolution, relativism, and humanism), and the culture that follows you will have no morals, no values, no self-worth, no true equality between man and woman or black and white, no understanding of why there is evil and abuse, no purpose for living other than self, no foundation for love or compassion of others, and no hope or future. After your very short years you die and rot and your conscious ceases to exist anywhere. You have no one to quote but yourself; your opinions are worthless and, by your own admission, meaningless.
(Read Pastor Don's full review here)

An Answer to the Mysteries 

Analea Styles

Creation debate, review, ancient manAs I watched the debate last night I was struck by the very real joy that Bill Nye has for science and discovery. No one can deny that Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”, has a deep passion for learning about the universe and desperately wants to figure things out “scientifically”. He mentioned that one of our greatest questions is “Why are we here?” In fact he was keen on pointing out that mankind has many big questions about life, the universe, and origins – things we don’t understand and he willingly admitted, “I want to know”...
... I love that Ken Ham repeatedly pointed to God’s Word as the answer. We do not back down on the truth – that we base our beliefs on FAITH in God and His perfect Word. We have our confidence in Him. We know the compelling and wonderful truth of the Bible, the true joy that comes from the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), faith in God (Romans 15:13), and salvation in Christ (Psalm 51:12)! 
(Read Analea's full review here)

The Proper Way to Engage

Matthew Zuk
Creation debate, review, ancient manI thought that Ken did a phenomenal job of standing firm on the authority of God’s Word and he presented the Gospel at least four to five times throughout the debate. He stayed on message and presented his position very well throughout the night. He remained gracious to Bill Nye and did not resort to ad hominem arguments to tear Bill down. Ken maintained composure regardless of what Bill said and simply stayed on the message that there is only one absolute authority: God, and only one door to salvation: Jesus Christ. 
It is important to remember that it is not our job to “win” debates when we are talking to unbelievers. They are blind to the truth and so no matter what evidence we bring up it will never convince them. They will always find some way to refute the evidence we present, even if our evidence is conclusive and their points make no sense. 
 (Read Matthew's full review here)

Why You Should Watch the Debate

Timothy Thornton
Creation debate, review, ancient manTwo and a half hours could never have gone so fast! The debate last night with Ken Ham and Bill Nye was extremely enthralling. The topic of debate was: “Is Creation a viable model of origins?” Ken Ham proposed that Creation as described in the book of Genesis is the only model of origins, while Bill Nye explained that the mainstream scientific view of evolution and millions of years of natural processes should be the only model of origins taught in schools. 
While neither of the debaters could convince the other of their own views, the debate was not a frivolous event. Some may wonder why people would debate something that cannot be agreed upon, or why people would even want to watch it. However, there are several reasons that the debate was not pointless; that it was actually very valuable, and if you have not watched it yet, I highly recommend you do for those very same reasons...
(Read Tim's full review here)

How does all this apply to you? 

Derrick Zuk
My feelings were mixed while watching this debate. I cheered Ken Ham on, but also felt disappointed with some of his responses. He had many great arguments, but he seemed to lack in several key areas I wish he addressed more. Namely these things: 
  • That the "Bible, as written in English, translated many many times over the last three millennia" (Bill Nye quote) is trustworthy
  • That we are not respecting "Mr. Ham's word" but God's Word as our absolute authority.
  • That Nye has no basis for his claims to truth, morality and science itself.
After everything Bill Nye said, my mind raced to tear apart and destroy his statements; it was too easy, I began laughing at the absurdities he called compelling evidence. Yet part of me reminded myself of who Bill Nye is and who he represents. He is lost, a sinner in need of a Savior who cannot understand spiritual things and whose wisdom is reduced to foolishness – and he represents a lost world. He needs prayer, so through the debate I prayed for his heart and for those who support him.
I encourage each of you to do the same, and also to share it with others. Get a copy of the DVD, show it to your churches and youth groups, talk with your unsaved friends about it. The world is full with people like Nye who ultimately reject God because of their love for sin. They know the truth, but they suppress it in unrighteousness. Eternity is a long time; pray for Bill Nye and all those who choose to reject Jesus Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can change hearts and draw the lost to Himself. Pray for believers to take advantage of this opportunity to share the hope that is within us!


On this blog, the Ancient Man Team is dedicated to presenting history through the lens of Biblical authority. Please explore our blog posts about ancient man and feel free to contact us with any questions or comments!

What were your thoughts on the debate? Do you agree or disagree with any of our responses? Or maybe we missed something that you noticed. Let us know in the comments!