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In the debate over how the universe began, the battle lines are clear.
And regardless of which side you’re on, there are important questions that relatively few in either camp have bothered to ask, much less answer. Questions like:

* Why is the issue of origins so universally controversial?
* How can creationists support biblical claims that so obviously seem to contradict modern science?
* Whose side of the argument does scientific evidence support?
* What roles should science and the Bible play in a person’s beliefs about the physical universe?

With the curiosity of a student and the precision of a veteran Bible teacher, John MacArthur goes to the heart of the battle in his study The Battle for the Beginning.
An in-depth examination of Genesis chapter 1, The Battle for the Beginning takes you on an instructive,
fascinating journey into the Bible’s own claims about creation, evolution, and the vital issues at stake.


01 .. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. -- time / force / action / space / matter

ImageGenesis 1:1 -- Creation: Believe It or Not, Part 1 -- recorded Mar 21 1999
ImageGenesis 1:1 -- Creation: Believe It or Not, Part 2 -- recorded Mar 28 1999
ImageGenesis 1:1 -- God: Creator and Redeemer -- recorded Apr 11 1999
ImageGenesis 1:1 -- The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 1 -- recorded Apr 18 1999
ImageGenesis 1:1 -- The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 2 -- recorded Apr 25 1999

02 .. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
03 .. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
04 .. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
05 .. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

ImageGenesis 1:6-8 -- Creation Day 2 -- recorded May 2 1999

06 .. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
07 .. Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
08 .. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

ImageGenesis 1:9-13 -- Creation Day 3 -- recorded May 16 1999

09 .. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
10 .. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 .. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.
12 .. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 .. So the evening and the morning were the third day.

ImageGenesis 1:14-19 -- Creation Day 4 -- recorded Jun 6 1999

14 .. Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
15 .. and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
16 .. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.
17 .. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18 .. and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 .. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

ImageGenesis 1:20-23 -- Creation Day 5 -- recorded Jun 20 1999

20 .. Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.”
21 .. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded,
according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

22 .. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
23 .. So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

ImageGenesis 1:24-26 -- Creation Day 6, Part 1 -- recorded Jul 11 1999
ImageGenesis 1:26-27 -- Creation Day 6, Part 2 -- recorded Jul 18 1999
ImageGenesis 1:26-27 -- Creation Day 6, Part 3 -- recorded Jul 25 1999

24 .. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
25 .. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 .. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 .. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 .. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea,
over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 .. And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
30 .. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
31 .. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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DNA-Cactus-and_Von_Neumann_Machines.mp3
Darwin's Black Box.pdf
DNA - the proof of God's existence - Perry Marshall
DNA - the evidence of biological information - Dr Stephen Meyer
DNA - the tiny code that's toppling evolution

The Gaping Holes in the Gap Theory .... What if the first day of creation wasn’t truly one day?
What if—as some old-earth creationists have tried to claim—there are vast eons of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2?
As John MacArthur explains, that reading of the text, commonly known as the “gap theory,” has several gaping holes in it. http://ow.ly/TpAo30bnr1B

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The Exegetical Errors of the Day-Age Theory .... Old–earth creationism diminishes the biblical emphasis on creation by divine fiat,
setting up a scenario where God tinkers with creation over long epochs until the world is finally ready to be inhabited by humans made in His image.
This is quite contrary to what Genesis teaches. http://ow.ly/dMr030bhmmS

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Evangelicals, Evolution, and the BioLogos Disaster .... How important are the first three chapters of Genesis—the creation and fall accounts?
Does it matter if we allegorize the text to allow for billions of years rather than read it as a straightforward narrative?
Does it matter if we allow for death prior to Adam’s fall?
There are many—even in the Reformed camp—who argue that these are trivial issues in comparison to getting the gospel right.
But is that really the case? http://ow.ly/Jexd30baLce

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The Fallacy of Uniformitarianism .... The hypothesis that the earth is billions of years old is rooted in the unbiblical premise that what is happening now is just what has always happened.
This idea is known as uniformitarianism. It is the theory that natural and geological phenomena are for the most part the results of forces that have operated continuously, with uniformity, and without interruption, over billions and billions of years. Uniformitarians assume that the forces at work in nature are essentially fixed and constant. To continue reading, click here: http://ow.ly/8Q6B30bchG9.

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Dethroning the Judge .... Intuition suggests a series of questions to the human mind when we contemplate our origin: Who is in control of the universe? Is there Someone who is sovereign—a Lawgiver? Is there a universal Judge? Is there a transcendent moral standard to live by? Is there Someone to whom we will be accountable? Will there be a final assessment of how we live our lives? Will there be any final judgment? Those are the very questions evolution was invented to avoid. http://ow.ly/2t0F30b7Rst

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Creation: Believe It or Not, Part 1 .... Today, evolutionary theory is taught as historical fact.
Most children are unlikely to be exposed to any alternative view of our origins in school or secular media.
And in western countries outside the United States, skepticism regarding Darwin’s theory is almost non-existent.
Christians are likewise vulnerable to the dominant and intimidating sway evolution holds over our culture.
Many scholars and preachers choose appeasement and compromise over biblical fidelity—trying to accommodate modern theory into ancient truth. http://ow.ly/BKJX30b2d08

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Naturalism as Religion .... Thanks to the theory of evolution, naturalism is now the dominant religion of modern society.
Less than a century and a half ago, Charles Darwin popularized the credo for this secular religion with his book The Origin of Species.
Although most of Darwin's theories about the mechanisms of evolution were discarded long ago, the doctrine of evolution itself has managed to achieve the status of a fundamental article of faith in the popular modern mind. Naturalism has now replaced Christianity as the main religion of the Western world, and evolution has become naturalism's principal dogma. http://ow.ly/jTeh30aZmZ3

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Faith and Science, Falsely So-Called .... The apostle Paul closed his first epistle to Timothy by urging the young pastor to guard the deposit of truth that had been entrusted to him, “avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20-21). In the King James Version, the text famously speaks of “science falsely so called." Over the course of human history, all kinds of speculative ideas have been falsely labeled “science” and mistakenly accepted as true and reliable knowledge by otherwise brilliant people. The now-discredited dogmas of older scientific theories are numerous—and in some cases laughable. http://ow.ly/czn130aVf24

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Reflecting on the Creation Series .... The sad truth—revealed again in recent weeks through some of the comments we’ve received—is that the creation account in Genesis is at least as controversial and contested inside the church as it is in the world. We’ve seen a flurry of arguments against the literal interpretation of Genesis 1—most of them from people who profess to know and love the Lord. http://ow.ly/LSFy30bzUHA

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Creation, Theology, and the End of the Universe .... Nothing Scripture says has ever been corrected by scientific discovery, government policy, or intellectual supremacy. If we truly hold to sola Scriptura—Scripture alone—we can never allow external beliefs to be imposed upon the Author’s message or intent. Tragically, many Reformed theologians—who have enshrined sola Scriptura in their doctrine statements—have allowed their seminaries and churches to be infiltrated with compromised views of Genesis 1. http://ow.ly/ZoTi30bDZO8

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