Once upon a time, the vast majority of all Americans believed that the Bible was the Word of God, but now things have fundamentally changed. With each passing year, the Bible is becoming less important to most Americans. The results of the most recent State of the Bible survey are absolutely shocking. The survey was conducted by the Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society, and it clearly shows that the Bible is becoming less important in the daily lives of Americans. Sadly, young people are rejecting the Bible and rejecting Christianity in higher percentages than anyone else. The Bible tells us that there will be a great apostasy in the last days, but to see it start to happen is incredibly sad. The following are some of the most noteworthy results of the survey....
In 2011, 54% of American adults said that the Bible has too little influence in society today. In 2012, that number was only 47%.
The survey found that 55% of all American adults read the Bible to be closer to God. That was a 9% decline from 2011.
In 2011, 53% of American adults believed that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life". In the 2012 survey, that percentage fell to 48%.
Last year, 67% of all American adults said that they want to read the Bible more. This year, only 60% of all American adults said that they want to read the Bible more.
54% of all respondents to the survey this year were not able to correctly identify the first five books of the Bible.
46% of all American adults believe that the Bible, the Quran and the Book of Mormon "are different expressions of the same spiritual truths".
36% of all American adults read the Bible less than once a year.
According to the survey, younger Americans consider the Bible to be less important than older Americans do. Only 34% of Americans in the 18-27 age bracket believe that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life". In the 66 and older age bracket, 62% believe that "the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life".
As the Bible becomes less important to most Americans, they are also increasingly coming to believe that all major religions are acceptable paths to God.
In fact, a movement known as "Chrislam" that is attempting to draw together Christianity and Islam is making inroads in churches all over America. For example, last year dozens of churches publicly read from the Quran during their worship services one Sunday as part of an interfaith project promoted by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First.
Most Americans simply do not believe that there is a single way to God anymore. One survey that was conducted a while back discovered that 52 percent of all American Christians believe that "at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life".
For many other Americans, religion is simply not important at all. A survey that was conducted by LifeWay Research found that 46 percent of all Americans never even think about whether they will go to heaven or hell at all.
Without a doubt, Christianity is losing its dominant role in American life. Most Americans still consider themselves to be "Christian" in one sense or another, but the percentage of Christians in the United States is falling fast. Back in 1990, 86 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be Christians. In 2008, that number had plummeted to 76 percent.
So where are all of those people going?
Well, certainly a number of other religions have grown rapidly, but so has atheism. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the number of Americans with "no religion" more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.
This is particularly true among young Americans. According to one survey, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29 age bracket say that they have no religion.
Survey after survey has found that the younger a person is, the less likely they are going to be Christian.
Young adults in America today are far less likely to be engaged in religious activities than their parents or grandparents. The following are some of the results of a survey of young adults that was conducted by LifeWay Christian Resources....
•65% rarely or never pray with others, and 38% almost never pray by themselves either.
•65% rarely or never attend worship services of any kind.
•67% don't read the Bible or any other religious texts on a regular basis.
There appears to be a huge drop off in church attendance during the transition from the teen years to the young adult years. The following comes from a CNN article....
David Kinnaman, the 38-year-old president of the Barna Group, an evangelical research firm, is the latest to sound the alarm. In his new book, "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith," he says that 18- to 29-year-olds have fallen down a "black hole" of church attendance. There is a 43% drop in Christian church attendance between the teen and early adult years, he says.
But that doesn't mean that young adults in America are fully rejecting spirituality.
In fact, spirituality and the supernatural have been at the very heart of some of the biggest entertainment phenomenons that we have seen in recent years. Harry Potter and Twilight both captured the imaginations of millions upon millions of young Americans.
In fact, many music superstars have found great success by using dark imagery that fully rejects Christianity. Satanic imagery seems to have a great allure for many young Americans today. The following comes from a recent Fox News article....
Lady Gaga, for example, frequently uses satanic imagery in her music videos. A simple Google search of Gaga’s name yields results that suggests everything from her being a servant of the dark lord, which she does little to dispel, to her involvement with the Illuminati, an alleged secret society of powerful musicians, CEOs and politicians rumored to worship the devil.
Similarly, Kanye West has garnered attention with controversial satanic images in his music videos and joking that he is involved with the Illuminati. West's frequent collaborators Jay Z and Beyonce are rumored to be involved with the group as well.
Rapper Tyler Okonma, better known by the stage name Tyler the Creator, has even branded himself the son of Satan in his song “Bastard.”
And with Satan’s imagery arguably translating to remarkable success for these stars, who have Grammys and gold records under their belts, experts don’t see it going away any time soon.
We need to reach these young people with the truth while there is still time.
Large portions of the church are sleeping and this generation of young people is rapidly slipping away.
We desperately need a true spiritual awakening in this country.
So what do you think about the things that you have just read above? Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below....
What in the world has happened to the church in America? Today most "Christians" do not still even hold to the most basic Christian beliefs. For example, some new data has come out that reveals that the majority of evangelicals do not believe that Jesus is the only way to God anymore. Yes, you read that correctly. David Campbell, the author of the new bookAmerican Grace, How Religion Divides and Unites Us, surveyed 3,000 Americans and he found that 54 percent of "evangelical Protestants" said that people from religions other than Christianity can get into heaven.
Unfortunately, this is not the only survey in recent years that has shown that a majority of evangelical Christians now believe that "Jesus is not required" to get to heaven.
For example, last year USA Today reported on a stunning survey that found that 52 percent of Christians in the United States believe that eternal life is not exclusively for those who accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
Another example of this phenomenon is a poll that was conducted by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life that found that 57 percent of evangelical Christians in America believe that "many religions can lead to eternal life".
So what in the world is going on here?
There seems to be a growing consensus among evangelical Christians that all "good people" will go to heaven.
Unfortunately, this directly contradicts the Scriptures.
The Bible tells us that all have sinned and that all of us stand guilty before God.
The Bible tells us that none of us are "good" enough to make it into heaven on our own.
That is why Jesus had to come and die on the cross.
If we could just be "good people" and there were lots of ways to get to heaven, then Jesus did not need to die. Jesus could have just pointed out a bunch of other ways to be "good enough" and then could have gone back to heaven.
But that is not what happened.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins because that was the only way our sins were going to be forgiven.
There is no way that any of us can ever be "good" enough to make it on our own.
The truth is that God is a God of perfect love AND of perfect justice, and according to the Bible the judgment of God is very real.
In 2 Timothy 4:1, the apostle Paul tells us that God will indeed judge us all....
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead
In 1 Peter 4:5, the apostle Peter also tells us that we will have to give an account of what we have done to God....
But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
Romans 14:10 tells us that we will all stand before the judgment seat of God one day....
You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.
Hebrews 13:4 explains that God will judge all those who have sinned sexually....
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
In Revelation 11:18 we are told that God will judge and destroy those who destroy the earth....
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
In Hebrews 9:27 we are instructed that we only get one life (no reincarnation) and after this life we will face the judgment of God....
Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment
But perhaps you think you are "good" enough to get into heaven on your own.
Perhaps you think that God would never send you to hell.
Well, the truth is that if any of us took an honest look at how guilty we truly are we would be horrified.
Take a moment and imagine this - one of the biggest television networks wants to do a huge 2 hour prime time special starring you.
Doesn't that sound great?
But instead of a two hour documentary about how wonderful you are, the network has discovered all of the most evil and horrible things that you have ever thought, said or did and they are going to broadcast them to millions of people all over the world for two hours during prime time.
What would you do if that happened?
That reality is that whoever that happened to would want to run away and never show their face to anyone ever again.
Because we have all done, said and thought things that are unspeakably evil.
We are sinners in the eyes of God, just as the Scriptures tell us.....
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Are you ready for the day when you will stand before God and be held accountable for your sins?
In John 3:36 it tells us this....
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Without Jesus, you will be facing the judgment of God by yourself.
In 1 John 5:11-13, we read that whoever receives Jesus as Savior and Lord will not face an eternity away from God. God wants to give us eternal life, and it is free for whoever has the Son....
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, but now the majority of Christian evangelicals believe that the death of Jesus on the cross was not even necessary.
So where did all of this nonsense come from?
Well, all over the media Christians are told to be "tolerant" of other religions and that it is "bigotry" to say that your religion is the only way to God.
For example, Oprah Winfrey is teaching her millions of viewers that Jesus did not come to earth to die on the cross and that Jesus could not possibly be the only way to a relationship with God....
Any Christian that doubts that a relationship with God is only possible through Jesus should read John 14:6 where Jesus says the following....
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
But not only are Christians denying salvation through Jesus Christ, they are also denying creation in record numbers.
A new Gallup poll has found that only 40 percent of Americans believe in creationism. Gallup says that number is the lowest it has ever been since they began asking that question back in 1982.
Sadly, the truth is that America as a whole is becoming less Christian.
According to the American Religious Identification Survey by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture at Trinity College, the number of Americans that have "no religion" is exploding.
That would be bad enough news for evangelical Christianity.
But there is some more news from that survey that is much worse.
In that same survey, 46% of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 indicated that they had no religion.
Just think about that.
46 percent of our young adults now say that they have no religion.
The church in America is not just in a little bit of trouble. The truth is that the church in America is coming apart at the seams.
Those under 40 years of age are leaving the established church in droves. The younger generations are looking for something "real" and they are not finding it in our houses of worship. They are not finding real love, they are not finding real holiness, they are not finding real integrity, they are not finding real passion, they are not finding the power of God and they are not finding people who really live out what they believe.
The watered-down, lukewarm nonsense that passes for "evangelical Christianity" in most of our churches today is not going to get it done. We are losing an entire generation and those running our churches are asleep at the switch.
We would all do well to heed the words of Jesus to the church of Laodicea in Revelation chapter 3....
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Today, an increasing number of people in the world believe in the theory of Darwinian evolution. In particular, the vast majority of institutions of higher learning in most of the nations of the world only teach that all life on earth "evolved" from a single cell which somehow popped into existence. So is this theory actually true? Of course not. In fact, this article is going to teach you how to disprove evolution very easily. The truth is that no species has ever been observed changing into another one. Neither are there any transitional fossils which show one species "evolving" into another species. Rather, what we see in the fossil record is the very sudden appearance of fully-formed complex life. This is much more consistent with a creationist paradigm than it is with a Darwinian paradigm, but the scientific community doesn't seem to care. In fact, if you believe that we were created by God, you will be automatically blackballed by the academic community in both the United States and in Europe. The truth is that if you want to be accepted in the academic world today you must have complete and total blind faith in Darwinian evolution.
But what else should we expect? The Scriptures told us that men would choose to deliberately forget that God created the world in the last days. 2 Peter 3:3-7 says the following....
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
Isn't that so true? The scientific community has chosen to "deliberately forget" that God created the world, and instead they have manufactured an incredibly elaborate cover story to explain how we all got here.
But God says that we are all without excuse. The Scriptures tell us that all men should know that there is a God simply by looking at the created things around them. In Romans 1:18-20 it says the following....
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
But isn't there a ton of evidence for the theory of evolution?
No, there is not.
A while back, Jerry A. Coyne, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, authored an article in USA Today entitled "Science And Religion Aren't Friends". In his article, Coyne repeatedly rips all forms of religion, making such statements as: "science is no more compatible with religion than with other superstitions, such as leprechauns."
So being the curious sort that I am, I ventured over to his website, Why Evolution Is True, hoping to find some decent arguments for Darwinian evolution. Well, it turns out that the site is mostly just one big advertisement for his book, so I was disappointed once again.
You see, for years I have pleaded with evolutionists to please tell me what the best pieces of evidence for the theory of evolution are. I have challenged them to lay out for me a basic outline of the facts that "prove" that Darwinism is true.
Perhaps you think you can do it.
I'll even get you started.....
With so many billions of people around the world now believing in evolution you would think that this would be an easy exercise.
But it is not.
Because evolution is simply not true.
The reality is that science, logic and reason all favor creationism.
And shouldn't science, logic and reason trump any personal agenda that anyone is trying to push?
You would think so.
The truth is that once you learn the truth, you are ashamed that you ever believed in the hoax of Darwinian evolution....
"I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it's been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has."
-Malcolm Muggeridge (world famous journalist and philosopher), Pascal Lectures, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The evidence is just not there for Darwinism. It has been manufactured out of whole cloth in most cases.
In fact, Dr. Lyall Watson once stated the following....
"The fossils that decorate our family tree are so scarce that there are still more scientists than specimens. The remarkable fact is that all of the physical evidence we have for human evolution can still be placed, with room to spare, inside a single coffin!"
Even some of our most prominent magazines have admitted that there is very little evidence to back up the theory of evolution. For example, a 1994 article in Time Magazine (which is radically pro-evolution) made the following stunning statement....
"Yet despite more than a century of digging, the fossil record remains maddeningly sparse. With so few clues, even a single bone that doesn't fit into the picture can upset everything. Virtually every major discovery has put deep cracks in the conventional wisdom and forced scientists to concoct new theories, amid furious debate."
So with such a flimsy foundation, shouldn't evolutionary scientists at least call Darwinism a "theory" rather than a fact?
No, they keep insisting it is "fact" and that any scientist who disagrees must be blackballed by the rest of the scientific community.
But what does the science really say?
Well, the following are three key points which you can use to disprove evolution.
#1 If the theory of evolution was true, we should have discovered millions upon millions of transitional fossils by now.
So do we have millions of transitional fossils?
In fact, we do not have any.
The following is how one very prominent evolutionist once described what we have actually found in the fossil record....
"I fully agree with your comments on the lack of direct illustration of evolutionary transitions in my book. If I knew of any, fossil or living, I would certainly have included them. You suggest that an artist should be used to visualise such transformations, but where would he get the information from? I could not, honestly, provide it, and if I were to leave it to artistic license, would that not mislead the reader?"
-Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History (and a hardcore evolutionist), in a letter to Luther Sunderland, April 10, 1979.
Let that sink in for a moment.
The senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History did not know of a single transitional fossil to include in his book about evolution.
In fact, there are a large number of evolutionists that are noticing this little "problem"....
"The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution."
Stephen Jay Gould (Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University), "Is a new and general theory of evolution emerging?" Paleobiology, vol. 6(1), January 1980, p. 127
Did you get what Professor Gould is saying there?
He actually admitted that they even have trouble imagining transitional forms.
How bizarre is that?
Remember, these are quotes from big time evolutionists.
Here is another one....
"Contrary to what most scientists write, the fossil record does not support the Darwinian theory of evolution because it is this theory (there are several) which we use to interpret the fossil record. By doing so we are guilty of circular reasoning if we then say the fossil record supports this theory."
Ronald R. West, PhD (paleoecology and geology) (Assistant Professor of Paleobiology at Kansas State University), "Paleoecology and uniformitarianism". Compass, vol. 45, May 1968, p. 216
Isn't that what atheists usually accuse Christians of doing?
At this point, many Darwinists will usually trot out the same handful of incredibly weak, totally laughable examples of "transitional forms" that have been debunked and discredited time after time.
For example "Archaeopteryx" has been used as "proof" of evolution for years, mostly because scientists can't find anything better to support their case. Fortunately, it is very easy to debunk....
The cold, hard truth of the matter is that if Darwinian evolution was true there would be millions and millions and millions of very clear transitional fossils in the fossil record.
But their "theory" has a huge problem.
The fossils are simply not there.
"Lastly, looking not to any one time, but to all time, if my theory be true, numberless intermediate varieties, linking closely together all the species of the same group, must assuredly have existed. But, as by this theory, innumerable transitional forms must have existed, why do we not find them embedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth?"
There are millions and millions of fossilized creatures out there. So why can't we find tons of transitional forms among all of those fossils?
Well, as one prominent evolutionist once explained, it is because they simply are not there....
"In fact, the fossil record does not convincingly document a single transition from one species to another."
-Evolutionist Stephen M. Stanley, Johns Hopkins University
So, in the final analysis, what the science actually reveals is that the "missing links" have always been missing and they always will be missing because they were never there in the first place.
#2 If the theory of evolution was true, then we should see an "evolutionary tree" in the fossil record, with complex life developing very slowly from earlier, less complex forms. Instead, what we do see in the fossil record is the very sudden appearance of fully-formed and fully-functional complex life.
If you examine the fossil record, you see all kinds of complex life suddenly jumping into existence during a period that evolutionists refer to as the "Cambrian explosion".
None of the fossilized life forms found in the "Cambrian period" have any predecessors prior to that time. In essence, the "Cambrian period" represents a "sudden explosion of life" in geological terms.
So how do evolutionists get around this?
Well, by using one of their favorite tricks. When something seems unbelievable they just stretch it over a long period of time.
Many evolutionists say that while it may "appear" that complex life suddenly appeared on earth, in reality the Cambrian explosion was about 50 million years long.
Of course this is a bunch of nonsense, and they still can't produce any transitional fossils from before that time period or from during that time period, but nevertheless they persist in their delusions.
For much more on how complex life seemingly appeared on earth very suddenly and out of nowhere, please watch this YouTube video.
The truth is that complex life first appeared on the earth in a very sudden, explosive manner.
"The earliest and most primitive members of every order already have the basic ordinal characters, and in no case is an approximately continuous series from one order to another known. In most cases the break is so sharp and the gap so large that the origin of the order is speculative and much disputed"
-Paleontologist George Gaylord
The reality is that complex life appears in the fossil record fully-formed and fully-functional....
A major problem in proving the theory has been the fossil record; the imprints of vanished species preserved in the Earth's geological formations. This record has never revealed traces of Darwin's hypothetical intermediate variants - instead species appear and disappear abruptly, and this anomaly has fueled the creationist argument that each species was created by God.
-Paleontologist Mark Czarnecki (an evolutionist)
There is no denying it.
There is no getting around it.
Even renowned atheist Richard Dawkins has really struggled with how to explain this phenomenon....
"It is as though they [fossils] were just planted there, without any evolutionary history. Needless to say this appearance of sudden planting has delighted creationists. Both schools of thought (Punctuationists and Gradualists) despise so-called scientific creationists equally, and both agree that the major gaps are real, that they are true imperfections in the fossil record. The only alternative explanation of the sudden appearance of so many complex animal types in the Cambrian era is divine creation and both reject this alternative."
-Richard Dawkins, 'The Blind Watchmaker', W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1996, pp. 229-230
Now which worldview does the sudden appearance of fully-formed, fully-functional complex life in the fossil record support?
It is all so clear if you are willing to use even an ounce of common sense.
#3 Evolutionists are at a complete and total loss when it comes to trying to explain the creation of new information that is required for one animal to turn into another animal.
Evolutionists cannot show us a single example of functional new information being added to any creature ever.
One creation scientist explains it this way....
"The key issue is the type of change required — to change microbes into men requires changes that increase the genetic information content, from over half a million DNA ‘letters’ of even the ‘simplest’ self-reproducing organism to three billion ‘letters’ (stored in each human cell nucleus)."
The truth is that species just don't change. Future generations of dogs may have more hair or less hair, they may be a bit bigger or a bit smaller, they may be a little nicer or a little meaner, but they will never, ever sprout jet engines out of their behinds and learn to fly. It just is not going to happen.
Dogs are always going to be dogs.
Cats are always going to be cats.
People are always going to be people.
Evolutionist Stephen J. Gould of Harvard University put it this way during a lecture at Hobart & William Smith College....
"Every paleontologist knows that most species don't change. That's bothersome....brings terrible distress. ....They may get a little bigger or bumpier but they remain the same species and that's not due to imperfection and gaps but stasis. And yet this remarkable stasis has generally been ignored as no data. If they don't change, its not evolution so you don't talk about it."
The evidence for evolution simply is not there.
If you ever find yourself in a debate with an evolutionist, lay the following question on them and see what happens....
"Do you have enough blind faith to believe that life just popped into existence from nonlife, and that such life just happened to have the ability to take in the nourishment it needed, to expel waste, and to reproduce itself, all the while having everything it needed to survive in the environment in which it suddenly found itself?"
The truth is that evolutionists do not have a good answer for that question.
And here are four more questions that evolutionists do not have answers for:
1) Which evolved first: blood, the heart, or the blood vessels for the blood to travel through?
2) Which evolved first: the mouth, the stomach, the digestive fluids, or the ability to poop?
3) Which evolved first: the windpipe, the lungs, or the ability of the body to use oxygen?
4) Which evolved first: the bones, ligaments, tendons, blood supply, or the muscles to move the bones?
Conceivably, you could continue this exercise forever. The reality is that the body has a huge variety of incredibly complex systems which completely rely on other incredibly complex systems in order to function. Evolutionists just tend to completely ignore this bit of common sense.
There are so many examples of irreducible complexity that you could write a whole series of books on the topic and just scratch the surface. For example, there are a whole host of extremely complicated chemical reactions which must occur in just the right order for blood clotting to take place. If one of these steps is missing, blood clotting simply will not work.
But without blood clotting, how did the first animals survive?
1. A cut occurs and Hageman Factor sticks to the surface of cells near the wound. Bound Hageman Factor reacts with another enzyme called HMK to produce Activated Hageman.
2. Pre Kallikrein reacts with Activated Hageman to produce Kallikrein.
3. Hageman Factor also reacts with HMK and Kallikrein to form Activated Hageman.
4. PTA reacts with Activated Hageman and HMK to produce Activated PTA.
5. Christmas Factor reacts with Activated PTA and Convertin to produce Activated Christmas Factor.
6. Antihemophilic Factor is activated by Thrombin to produce Activated Antihemophilic Factor.
7. Stuart Factor reacts with Activated Christmas Factor and Activated Antihemophilic Factor to produce Activated Stuart Factor.
8. Proconvertin is activated by Activated Hageman Factor to produce Convertin.
9. When a cut occurs, Tissue Factor (which is only found outside of cells) is brought in near the wound where it reacts with Convertin and Stuart Factor to produce Activated Stuart Factor. (Note that step 9 involves an extrinsic process whereas step 7 is an intrinsic process.)
10. Proaccelerin is activated by Thrombin to produce Accelerin.
11a. GLU-Prothrombin reacts with Prothrombin Enzyme and Vitamin K to produce GLA-Prothrombin. (Note that Prothrombin cannot be activated in the GLU form so it must be formed into the GLA form. In this process ten amino acids must be changed from glutamate to gama carboxy glutamate.)
11b. GLS-Prothrombin is then able to bind to Calcium. This allows GLA-Prothrombin to stick to surfaces of cells. Only intact modified Calcium-Prothrombin Complex can bind to the cell membrane and be cleaved by Activated Stuart and Accerlerin to produce Thrombin.
12. Prothrombin-Ca (bound to cell surface) is activated by Activated Stuart to produce Thrombin.
13.Prothrombin also reacts with Activated Stuart and Accelerin to produce Thrombin. (Step 13 is much faster than step 12.)
14. Fibrinogin is activated by Thrombin to produce Fibrin. Threads of Fibrin are the final clot. However, it would be more effective if the Fibrin threads could form more cross links with each other.
15. FSF (Fibrin Stabilizing Factor) is activated by Thrombin to form Activated FSF.
16. When Fibrin reacts with Activated FSF many more cross ties are made with other Fibrin filaments to form a more effective clot.
Well now, I am wondering to myself whether you are experiencing frustration or intrigue, weariness, or excitement. There are a lot of details but let me ask you a leading question. Is this intricate system something that man developed or is it something that man has discovered? Blood clotting is not an invention of man. It is the invention of either God or "Mother Nature" (i.e., it invented itself). Regardless of how you believe the clotting cascade came to be, the fact remains that blood clotting is a clear example of irreducible complexity.
Let us next consider that this irreducibly complex system of blood clotting must have a way to remove the clot once the wound has healed. How is this done?
17a. A blood protein, Plasminogin is activated by + - Pa to produce Plasmin. This acts like tiny chemical scissors which cuts up the Fibrin filaments of the clot.
17b. The rate at which the clot is broken up is controlled by yet another blood protein named Alpha 2 Antiplasm, which in turn inactivates Plasmin. One of the most important parts of this whole blood clotting machine is the ability it has to keep the clotting localized to the area of the wound and to stop the clotting cascade. What is the biggest killer of human beings? That's right, blood clots. Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by blood clots lodging. I believe the way your body shuts down the clotting cascade is as fascinating as the clotting process itself.
18. Antithrombin inactivates Activated Christmas, Activated Stuart and Thrombin.
19. Protein C is activated by Thrombin to produce Activated Protein C.
20. Activated Protein C inactivates Accelerin and Activated Antihemophilic.
21. Finally, Thrombomodulin which lines the inside of your blood vessels prevents Thrombin from activating Fibrinogin.
Are you starting to get the picture?
So how did blood clotting possibly evolve?
Which of the steps evolved first?
How did "evolution" know that all the rest of the steps were needed?
And there are literally thousands of other examples just like this.
When you really get down to analyzing it, it is just not too difficult to disprove evolution.
Today the population grows at 2% per year. If we set the population growth rate at just 0.5% per year, then total population reduces to zero at about 4500 years ago. If the first humans lived 1,000,000 years ago, then at this 0.5% growth rate, we would have 10^2100 (ten with 2100 zeroes following it) people right now. If the present population was a result of 1,000,000 years of human history, then several trillion people must have lived and died since the emergence of our species. Where are all the bones? And finally, if the population was sufficiently small until only recently, then how could a correspondingly infinitesimally small number of mutations have evolved the human race?
So where did all the bones go?
Can you answer that question?
In addition, I have issued a standing challenge to all evolutionists, skeptics and atheists to go and try to debunk these videos....
If you can actually debunk those videos then you are better than any evolutionist I have ever met.
The truth is that the more you investigate it, the more you discover that the science actually backs up creationism.
"Scientists who go about teaching that evolution is a fact of life are great con-men, and the story they are telling may be the greatest hoax ever. In explaining evolution, we do not have one iota of fact."
-Dr. T. N. Tahmisian (Atomic Energy Commission, USA) in "The Fresno Bee", August 20, 1959. As quoted by N. J. Mitchell, Evolution and the Emperor's New Clothes, Roydon Publications, UK, 1983, title page.
"Evolutionism is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless."
-Professor Louis Bounoure, past president of the Biological Society of Strassbourg, Director of the Strassbourg Zoological Museum and Director of Research at the French National Center of Scientific Research.
The truth is that even world famous atheist Richard Dawkins admits that it is "possible" that we were intelligently designed. He is just convinced that it was definitely not God that did the designing....
So after reading all of this do you still believe in the theory of evolution?
Do you actually still believe that the science supports Darwinism?
Are you starting to see that things may not be as clear cut as you have been taught in the past?
Are you beginning to understand how easy it is to disprove evolution?
In the end, what all of us should want is the truth. Perhaps we can all learn from each other. Please feel free to post a comment below with your contribution to the creation/evolution debate....
Yet another survey has been released that reveals how shockingly little Americans know about religion in general and Christianity in particular. It is called the "U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey" and it was conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. According to the survey, 86% of Americans believe in God or at least in some form of "higher power", but when it comes to the specifics of what various religions actually believe, most Americans are blindingly ignorant. Perhaps this should be no surprise considering the rate at which our society is becoming secularized, but you would think that the American people would still have a little basic knowledge about Christianity and some of the other major religions around the world. But they do not. On average, respondents of the survey answered half of the questions wrong. Only 2% of those surveyed were able to answer at least 29 of the 32 questions correctly. And the sad thing is that these were not difficult questions. They were the kind of questions that any half-educated numbskull should be able to answer with ease.
But today most Americans do not care about religion or about God.
In fact, while most Americans still identify themselves as "Christians", the truth is that most Americans are seemingly complete dunces when it comes to even the most basic facts about the Christian faith.
In fact, do you want to know what group scored the highest on the survey?
Atheists and agnostics.
Not that they did incredibly well - it is just that everyone else was just shockingly ignorant.
The following is a sampling of what the survey found....
*Only 19% of all U.S. Protestants knew the basic Christian tenet that salvation is through faith in Christ alone.
*Just 55% of respondents knew that the Golden Rule is not one of the Ten Commandments.
*Only 45% of those responding to the survey could name all four of the gospels. The correct answer: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
*45% of all Roman Catholics did not know that, according to Catholic doctrine, the bread and wine used during the Mass is not just a symbol, but rather literally becomes the body and blood of Jesus.
*Over half of all Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the individual that inspired the Protestant Reformation.
*Only 8% of all respondents knew that Maimonides, one of the most famous rabbis in history, was Jewish.
*Just 54% of the respondents could identify the Quran as Islam's holy book.
*Fewer than half of the respondents correctly knew that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist.
How disturbing is that?
Most Americans know all about American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and their favorite sports teams, but they can't correctly answer even the most basic factual questions about faith and religion.
We have a major, major problem.
So was there any question that almost all respondents got right?
Yes, 89% of those surveyed knew that public school teachers cannot lead their classes in prayer.
Isn't that sad?
If there is one thing that Americans know about religion it is that it must be kept out of the classroom at all costs.
That is how far we have fallen as a society.
And the truth is that we are losing younger Americans at a staggering pace.
According to a survey by America's Research Group, 95 percent of 20 to 29 year old evangelicals attended church regularly during their elementary and middle school years. However, only 55 percent of them attended church regularly during high school, and only 11 percent of them were still regularly attending church when they got to college.
Yes, you read the correctly.
When young evangelicals finally have the opportunity to decide things for themselves, they are deciding to leave our churches in droves.
In fact, young Americans are abandoning all religions in unprecedented numbers.
According to the American Religious Identification Survey by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture at Trinity College, 46% of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 say that they have no religion.
Overall, only 15 percent of Americans say that they have no religion.
So for 46 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 to say that they have no religion is extremely troubling.
We are losing an entire generation.
The Christian faith is in a state of deep, deep decline in the United States and it is time to stop denying it.
So what do you think about all of this? Feel free to leave a comment below with your opinion....
A play depicting Jesus as a gay man was performed in front of a packed church sanctuary in California last weekend. Only a handful of protesters demonstrated outside of The Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana, California during the performance. The play, which is entitled "Corpus Christi", depicts Jesus as a gay man living in the 1950s in Corpus Christi, Texas. This is yet another sign of how close to the last days we actually are.
The "pastor" of The Church of the Foothills, Michael Holland, made the following comments regarding the decision by his church to host the play....
"The Bible does not condemn homosexuality as an orientation, it condemns certain homoerotic acts which had nothing to do with people being in love, like we're doing today."
"Jesus was about love and inclusion and affirming people as children of God, and that's what we're doing tonight."
The Church of the Foothills has hosted same sex marriage rallies in the past and held the very first same sex wedding in the Tustin area back in June.
Just what in the world is going on when the vast majority of Christians are no longer shocked to hear about a play that depicts Jesus as a homosexual?
Just what in the world is going on when that play is actually performed inside a packed church?
The truth is that a huge number of churches have completely abandoned the Bible and have instead surrounded themselves with "pastors" and "priests" who will tell them whatever they want to hear.
In 2 Timothy 4:3, the apostle Paul told us that days like these would come....
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
The hour is late and we are living in the last days my friends. The church mentioned above is just one example of the rank apostasy plaguing the church in America. The truth is that the vast majority of "ministers", "pastors" and "priests" currently "serving" in the United States should immediately resign. The truth is that the majority of churches in the United States should immediately close their doors in disgrace.
The "church" in America is in an advanced state of apostasy. Very few churches in the United States ever preach about sin, judgment, heaven or hell anymore. Very few churches in the United States believe in the basic doctrines of Scripture anymore.
That is why so many people are leaving these dead denominations. Nobody should sit there and listen to these jokers as they openly deny the Word of God. If you are sitting there in a dead, apostate church it is time to get out.