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Preparing for our Gospel Meeting (Part I)
Bible study on preparation.
Note: The term "gospel meeting" is an expedient expression for a series of lessons, often lasting 2-6 days.

The elders have scheduled a meeting with David Bonner. Preparations are being made by the elders, by the one who will speak, and by the congregation as a whole.

As members of the congregation, we should also make preparations for the gospel meeting so we gain as much as possible.

About the Meeting
During the meeting, we will study the scientific and Biblical evidence that supports the fact of God's existence and the Divine origin of the Bible.

The lessons will be presented by David Bonner, an experienced and reliable Bible teacher who is fully acquainted with the tenets of evolutionary doctrine, and is well qualified to speak on this subject.

Of course, his knowledge of God's word and ability to preach is the most important qualification. But these topics also require knowledge in the area of science. Besides preaching the gospel for many years, David has three post doctorate degrees and has also worked as a university professor, a research scientist in Chemistry and Biomedical materials, and course director for courses of Human Anatomy & Physiology.

During the meeting David will expose the numerous scientific and Biblical problems with the popular theory of macro evolution which is commonly taught and promoted in textbooks, public schools and universities, and television programs.

His lesson topics are:

  • Science versus Evolution's Dating of the Earth.
  • Science versus Evolution.
  • Science & the Bible versus Theistic Evolution.
  • Scientific Evidence for God.
  • The God of Creation.
  • Scientific Evidences for the Bible.

Is Evolution a Religion?
Many people make the point that evolution is a religion, not science.

This seems to be true to me because of the well-established term "theistic evolution," in addition to good arguments favoring evolution as a religion.

Religion is "a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies. . . ." (religion. Unabridged. Random House, Inc. accessed: February 12, 2011).

The argument that evolution is a religion goes something like this: Evolution can't be proven through scientific methods; therefore, it is a belief system rather than fact. Thus as a belief system, evolution is a religion.

Perhaps this is best illustrated by the famous evolutionist, Theodosius Dobzhanksy, whose words are recorded in a number of publications. Here is the opening paragraph of the 1977 article written by Fancisco J. Ayala and published in The Journal of Heredity, titled "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" (FRANCISCO J. AYALA "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution": Theodosius Dobzhansky: 1900-1975 J Hered (1977) 68(1): 3-10).

In 1972, Theodosius Dobzhansky addressed the convention of the National Association of Biology Teachers on the theme "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution." The title of that address (published in The American Biology Teacher, vol. 35, pp. 125-129) might serve as an epigram of Dobzhansky's world view and life, although it is limited in scope, for Dobzhansky believed and propounded that the implications of biological evolution reach much beyond biology into philosophy, sociology, and even socio-political issues. The place of biological evolution in human thought was, according to Dobzhansky, best expressed in a passage that he often quoted from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: "[Evolution] is a general postulate to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must hence forward bow and which they must satisfy in order to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a trajectory which all lines of thought must follow -- this is what evolution is."

Here we have a difference in religious beliefs.

Evolutionists believe that evolution is the light which illuminates all facts, and that all theories, all hypotheses, and all systems must bow to it. But Christians believe that Jesus is the Light that illuminates all facts, and that all theories, all hypotheses, and all systems must bow to Him.

  • "Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, 'I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life'" (Jn. 8:12).
  • "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father" (Col. 3:17).

Thus as Christians, to contend earnestly for the faith, we need to be acquainted with the false religious views of evolution.

  • "Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints" (Jude 1:3).

During our gospel meeting, we will learn many things. But most importantly, we will learn about false religious doctrines embodied by evolution, and how to contend earnestly for the faith with God's word.

To be continued.