When Was Genesis Written?

In the 19th Century many academics were eagerly embracing the theory of evolution and applying it to all sorts of situations; from human origins, to eugenics, to social structures, and to sadly, to legalise racism. They also applied this presupposition to Judaeo-Christian theology in order to destroy it. All Biblical narrative was suspect and subject to review from academics who had finally unlocked the key to a true understanding of how religions began. German higher critics proposed very successfully that religion evolved from simple to complex structures as society evolved.

The champion of these scholars was Julius Wellhousen. Using what he called the Documentary Hypothesis, he persuasively argued in his Prolegomena to the History of Israel that Genesis was written in the middle of the millennium just before Christ, not a full millennium before that, as stated in the Old Testament. He theorised that there were four authors who wrote the Old Testament from 850BC through to 450BC as a way of justifying social structures. Wellhousen’s theories dominated Biblical studies for a hundred years and still influence critics today.

But is this theory true in the light of discoveries made since he propagated his theories?

First of all we must be very suspicious of any theory that relies on evolutionary presuppositions for its foundation. A multitude of genetic discoveries (links here, here, here, here, here and here) in the last two decades are rapidly undermining the entire superstructure of evolutionary theory and providing startling evidence that our genome is not evolving upward at all but rather heading quite rapidly toward genetic entropy, or in layman’s terms, extinction!

But more importantly there is an abundance of evidence from within the Old Testament itself, and particularly Genesis, that the origin of these writings lies in deep history. Here are some of those evidences for an origin for Genesis somewhere in the early second Millennium BC:

Genesis describes a war in the Middle East between international foes. Many of the names mentioned in Genesis 14:1-9 appear only in the period 2,000-1,500 BC and no later. In addition, only in this era were armies able to move across this area with ease.

Some customs that appear in Genesis do continue into later periods, but their concentration in Genesis is unique. These include the custom of taking a surrogate if ones wife was barren for seven years (Genesis 16:1-4) and a betrothal gift that allows the bridegroom to marry (Genesis 34:12).

The city of Harran appears again and again, in Genesis 11:31-32, 12:4, 27:43, 28:10 and 29:4. Archaeology confirms that this city was occupied and thriving in the early second Millennium BC occupied by coalitions of Amorites.

Grazing in great distances (100km) from one’s home only occurs in Genesis, but not later in the Old Testament. For example, Joseph’s brothers graze their flocks some 100km north of Hebron, in the high country now occupied by Jerusalem. Only in this era and no later do we find confirming evidence from non-Biblical accounts of similar activity by other groups such as the Amorites in Northern Syria.

Benjamin is the only son named by his father after the family migrates south to the area of Bethlehem, just outside Jerusalem. His name is identical to an 18th Century BC tribal confederation that lived in Syria known as the Binu-Yamina, meaning south. The names for his two brothers Asher and Zebulon also only occur in this era in all extra-Biblical records.

Joseph’s brothers sell him for 20 shekels of silver. This was the price of a young male slave only in the second Millennium BC.

The closest parallel to Genesis 1-11 comes not from the 7th Century BC Babylonian Enuma Elish, but from the 18th Century BC Atrahasis Epic.

The global flood mentioned in Genesis 6-9 is confirmed by the Gilgamesh Epic on display at the British Museum and the Atrahasis Epic mentioned above. It is also confirmed by over two hundred indigenous flood legends from around the world.

Some of the names that occur in Genesis 1-11 only occur in extra-Biblical sources from the first half of the 2nd Millennium BC. These include Methuselah, Methushael, Tubal-Cain and Jabal.

As can clearly be seen, the traditional understanding of the timeframe of Genesis is on safe ground. You can read it with confidence in the events spoken of. It is important to note that none of the evidences listed above delve into the extensive scientific evidences for the accuracy of Genesis. They will be tackled in another blog.

Kevin Davis

Last Night I Received A Wonderful Phone Call

Last night I received a very unexpected phone call from my ex-brother in law of 32 years ago. So here’s the background. My first beautiful wife at the time, my 9 week old son and my other younger brother-in-law were needlessly killed in 1986 when the car I was driving was hit by a drunk driver. My mother-in-law was severely injured. I was 25 at the time.

Both adults who were killed were Christians. My wife’s family were largely non-believers in Christ and so the Christian witness in that family was snuffed out with the exception of my ex-mother in law who died in a second car accident some years later.

Now fast forward to last night and who was on the phone but the brother of my first wife whom I hadn’t spoken to for nearly three decades. He called to let me know that he had become a Christian 3 years ago, was going strong for Jesus and thought I might like to know. It was such a thrill to find this out. Then he told me the story I never knew.

He said that when he was about 14 and his sister was 18, she took him to a youth camp and he felt the power and presence of God in a tangible way which resulted in him making a decision to follow Jesus. However, two years later he was drinking heavily and the drink got the better of him for thirty years or more. By his own acknowledgement he became a functioning alcoholic.

Then some three years ago he decided to quit the drink and a few months later he realised he needed “religion” because that’s where he knew the answer was for his life. He knew God was real because of what had happened when he was 14 years old.

So he dusted off the Bible his sister had given him all those years before. Then, surprise, surprise, he found out his doctor was a Christian and after some time this chap invited him to a men’s meeting for believers. That’s when he decided to make a serious turn toward the Lord.

He has since married for the first time to a strong Christian woman. He’s been off the alcohol and is living a happy, purpose-filled life. That’s what the gospel does to people. Its the GOOD NEWS for a suffering world!

Then I was able to tell him some stories of powerful things God had done for other members of his family all those years ago and who were still not believers.

It was a great conversation where we filled in the gaps on our lives.

It was such a thrill to receive that call as I was only just thinking a few weeks ago that it was so sad that there was no Christian witness left in the family. Now I know God is back tapping on their hearts.

Kevin

 

Does The Qur’an Have A Pre-Islamic History?

This is another part to my up-coming essay on Islamic linguistics.

If the Qur’an needs diacritic aids (the famous dots and strokes) to give it its meaning, then it is quite possible, indeed probable, that the original texts, that were all written without these aids, could have had a completely different meaning. Without today’s guiding dots and strokes telling us where the vowels are and how to pronounce the consonants, the text becomes something of a lottery.

In addition, many surahs in the Qur’an, about one third, have a distinct rhythm and refrain embedded in them, while others are almost completely comprised of prose. Those that contain rhythm are often considered al-mutashabihat, or unclear in meaning, while those that are prose are called al-muhkamat, or clear and unambiguous. This is a huge clue that the origins of the two styles of surah differed in time, place and purpose. For those surahs with rhyme and refrain, the refrain doesn’t follow a strict pattern. This is another clue that there has been some editing after composition and it is where we get the hybrid term rhymed prose, or saj in Arabic, to describe the genre of the Qur’an.

German scholar, Gunter Luling, spent decades trying to see if the earliest rhythmic suras in the oldest Qur’anic texts could be reconstructed back into religious hymns without change to the letters, which are called the rasm in Arabic, but by removing the diacritic aids, re-interpreting the vowels and consonants, taking advantage of different spelling of a word, taking advantage of different meanings for the same word, and following orthodox Arabic grammar instead of the odd grammar found in some parts of the Qur’an.

Below, and through this link, is one result of what he found in a sura where he didn’t change a single letter in the underlying rasm! On the right is surah 96 of today’s Qur’an which is said by Muslim tradition to be the oldest. It is in the simplified English of Rudy Paret’s translation. On the left is Luling’s conclusion as to what the original was. On its own the surah is very obscure and incoherent, which suggests a heavy editorial process to destroy its original meaning. This link takes you to an English translation of the surah from the internet which contains in brackets all the extraneous information needed by the Hadith commentators to make sense of the surah according to Islamic orthodoxy. As you can see, the narrative they have created has no basis within the text itself.

  Sura 96: standard Qur’an Sura 96: Reconstruction with stanzas
1 Recite in the Name of your Lord who has created 1. Invoke the Name of your Lord
2 Has created man out of an embryo!

 

2. Who created

3. created man from the clay

     
3 Recite! Your Lord is magnanimous as nobody else in the world 1. Invoke! For thy Lord is the most generous
4 [He] who has taught the use of the writing cane 2. Who taught by the writing cane
5 Has taught unto man what he didn’t know 3. Taught man what he didn’t know.
     
6 Not at all! Man is really rebellious

 

1. Not at all that man should be presumptuous
7 Since he considers himself independent

 

2. Whenever he sees Him overbearingly independent
8 However, to your Lord everything returns. 3. Behold, to God is the recourse
   
9 What do you think about him who restrains 1. Have you ever seen

2. that he denies

10 a slave when he performs the ritual prayer 3. a servant when he prays
     
11 Do you believe that he is following the guidance 1. Have you ever seen

2. when he clung firmly to the creed?

12 Or gives the order to be god-fearing.

 

3. or spoke as a God knower
     
13 Do you believe that he pronounces lies and turns away. 1. Have you ever seen

2. that he betrayed and turned away?

14 Does he not know what God sees.

 

3. Have you not learned what God does?
     
15 Not at all! If he doesn’t cease we shall definitely grab him by the forelock 1. Not at all!

2. If he had not given peace truly he would have been seized

3. by his forelock

16 A forelock full of lies and sinful.

 

(Added by later editors, see notes below)
     
17 May he then call for his clique

 

1. So call for His high council!
18 We will call up the bailiffs

 

2. You will then call upon the High Angelship!
19 Not at all! Do not obey him! Prostrate and approach. 3. Not at all! Be you not presumptuous against Him

 

Prostrate and approach!

 

Points to consider concerning the two versions are as follows:

  1. The poetic nature of Luling’s version is far stronger.
  2. The meaning of the surah is coherent, with a common theme instead of three separate parts (1-5, 6-8, 9-19).
  3. Recite becomes invoke, more closely related to prayer, the theme of the surah.
  4. Not at all (6, 15, 19) is redirected from the preceding sentence to the next sentence. The grammatical rule that it must address the preceding sentence was invented in later centuries.
  5. Without changing the rasm, Have you ever seen now introduces ayats 9, 11 and 13, which become stand-alone stanzas of the hymn.
  6. Seizing God by the forelock is an anathema in Muslim theology, so ayat 16 was added. In the hymn version it is another picture of earnest, struggling prayer.
  7. The final statement Prostrate and approach is the heading for the hymn given at the end instead of the beginning, as is Western custom.
  8. The Christian nature of the hymn becomes obvious and makes far more sense than the convoluted Islamic version and commentary.

I trust the above makes sense!

Kevin Davis

More Evidence On the Syriac Christian Origin of Islam

There are many linguistic clues that point to the conclusion alluded to in the above heading. First, the Syriac language gave the Qur’an its words for God, soul, last judgement, salvation, sacrifice, resurrection, heaven, angel, priest, Christ and prayer, Holy Spirit, Mt Ararat and pagan. Second, the word Qur’an itself is a Christian Syriac word derived from Qiryan, meaning a scripture lesson or recitation. In the oldest Qur’anic manuscripts it appears simply as qrn, which is much closer to the Syriac. This is a hugely significant choice of a name and religious words for the greatest revelation in Islam. Third, the very word Allah is also the Syriac Ilah. The term Allah is not a contraction of the Arabic Al-ilah meaning the god, but the proper Syriac name used by themselves, the Nabataeans and other north-Arabian inscription writers for God the creator of the universe. The Nestorian pronunciation is Allaha. Fourth, the word Isa is only found in Syriac literature, and nowhere else, being dated to at least 571AD and to a monastery in South Syria. Fifth, the Qur’anic word for the resting place of the Ark is strange and not related to all other translations that call it Mt Ararat. This is because it is taken directly from Syriac Peshitta version of the Bible which disagrees with all other versions on this issue. Sixth, use of Nasara for Christian is taken from the Syriac churches own description of themselves. It is a term used by no other group.

The influence of the Syriac church did not stop with religious words. It extended to theological positions that became core Islamic beliefs. The Syriac church regarded itself as descended from Thomas rather than Peter. They still do. From its beginning it emphasised there is one God, the God of the Old Testament, who sent his messenger, Christ, sent from God but not equal with God, who was one. This position came about through the teachings of Arius, who was exiled to the Middle East by the Byzantine imperial church. These two concepts that Jesus is a messenger not a messiah, and that God is one not three go to the core of Islam’s differentiation from modern Christianity.

One branch of the Syriac church were Monophysites, who believed that Christ had one nature, not two as spelt out by the Council of Nicaea. This produced  further belief that there were in fact three gods making up the trinity. This error became a major point of attack later in the development of Islam. Further, the Syriac bible, the Diatessaron, incorporated an extra gospel called the Gospel of the Hebrews, in which Mary was elevated to the same status as the Holy Spirit. This has also become a chief point of attack by Islamic theologians. Borrowing theology from the Diatessaron also explains the Qur’an’s lifting the identical spelling of people from the patriarchal period, as demonstrated above.

Why did all these theological positions transfer seamlessly from Syriac Christianity to Islam if Islam arose independently in splendid isolation from all other religions as a direct revelation from heaven some 1,500 kilometres away from the influence of the Syriac church in the deep in the Arabian Peninsula? The question is especially pertinent since most of the Arabs actually inhabited Palestine and Syria, had embraced Syriac Christianity some centuries before, and had prospered as part of the proxy defence system used by the Byzantine Empire to contain the Persians across a featureless imperial border of deserts!

Kevin Davis

What Do Western People Die From?

A few years ago, when teaching senior high school students, I used to ask them this question: What percentage of your peers have died so far? The answer was always nearly zero. Then I would ask them for the biggest killers in the Western world. The answer was largely correct. They suggested cancer and heart disease, car accidents and the like.

I would then tell them the shocking news that around 40% of their peers are dead already! Yes that figure is correct. You see around 40% of Australians (and the figure is the same for most western countries) were killed before they were born. I would then ask the students to look around the room or lecture theater and visualise those missing 40%. The students were shocked.

This huge death rate is not publicised, celebrated or lauded by the secular media because it is a shocking indictment on the culture of sexual convenience that is endemic in the Western world. Sex of any description is now a youthful and legal right, like clean water and housing. When it produces its logical result we destroy that result…children. This is murder on a grand scale, far eclipsing deaths in all wars of the last hundred years and the next leading cause of death. For Australia the figure is around 100,000 children. Children are made in the image of God, we all are. Our worth to our creator is therefore infinite. Satan’s ability to legalise the killing of a being made in God’s image is the ultimate attack on the sovereignty of God.

My wife was almost aborted.

Her mother was a seventeen year old girl who was sexually abused as a child and found herself in a bad situation. Fortunately she insisted on having her child! Imagine how many other life stories we would have and enjoy, how many scientists, poets, artists and personal family and friends there could be, but are missing because of abortion on demand.

One last point. It is this massive rate of killing babies that has resulted in the mass immigration of people into the Western world that we are currently experiencing. Without them our economies would be collapsing and our standard of living falling annually. So, in many ways WE have created the dilution of Western culture, the  domestic Islamist terrorist problem, the immigrant ghettos, the mobs burning cars and the rising sexual violence against women.

In physics there is a law that says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same is true in culture. The Western world is in decline and will be less than 15% of the global population by the end of this century. The sexual revolution, stemming from a turning away from the Jude-Christian civilisation, is one of the taproots of this demise. The culture next fifty years will be the result of what we are doing right now.

Kevin Davis

Is there An October Stock Market Crash Ahead?

Are we any closer to a crash this year as I predicted when I wrote the essay entitled We’re All On The Titanic back in February? David Brady, ex-foreign exchange trader and astute financial analyst thinks so. I have just listened to him give an interview and here are my summary notes of what he had to say:

Since the last global financial crisis ten years ago we have had almost continual quantitative easing (QE) across most central banks in the developed world. The totality of this QE exactly mirrors the rise in the US stock market over the same ten years as measured by the S&P index. QE is like an alcoholic punch-bowl at a party. The longer the party goes the more everyone loses touch with reality.

However, in the last year or so QE has reversed to become quantitative tightening (QT). The US Fed is draining their economies money supply by $50 billion a month as of this October. This amounts to $150 billion before Christmas 2018. The Europeans are also tapering their QE. The Japanese are engaged in a stealth QT. Global analysts for the banking industry have crunched the numbers and have come up with a global liquidity equation that has just gone into tightening or is about to early next year. In other worlds more money is draining from the global economy than is entering it through new loans. Stocks cannot rise in this environment. And since the markets look about six months ahead, they should begin to sniff a crash soon.

At the same time the rising dollar has put huge pressure on heavily indebted emerging markets such as Brazil, Turkey and South Africa. The crisis of 1998 started in emerging markets and came back to western banks and nearly sunk them. The emerging markets have about $7.5 trillion in debts denominated in US dollars. As the US dollar rises the ability for emerging markets to raise capital in their own currency, convert it to US$, and pay their debts gets harder. With the US dollar at 96-9 on its index, there has already been great pain in these markets as evidenced by what is happening in Turkey.  But the Fed needs this high dollar to keep attracting funds to cover treasury issuance while they drain cash. For a foreign investor in the US treasury market, a falling dollar would wipe out any meagre interest they earned in the USA by the time the bond was converted back to their rising home currency.

At the same time the Fed likes to see a high stock market as capital gains taxes from this source are one of the largest sources of revenue for the US government. The stock market is about 1.5 times the size of the US economy by capitalisation. This is why the Fed always seems to come to its rescue with QE and bailouts for “too big to fail” Wall St banks.

At the same time as the Fed’s QT, the US government under Trump is raising some $100 billion a month to fund its deficit spending and stimulus packages. This money is not coming from overseas as there is little interest in lending to the current administration. The local market depth is insufficient for raising some $100 billion a month from within the USA. This means the Fed will have to step in soon and fund the deficit spending as it did under Obama. This won’t look good while the market is booming, but will be legitimised after a stock market crash. If it doesn’t step in then the demand for cash by the government will begin to force interest rates up above the 3% level for the 10 year bond, the bench mark for all risk free lending around the world. This would force emerging markets into a meltdown, as well as the world’s real estate markets. It would also blow a huge hole in the US government budget as it already drains $300 billion from tax receipts to pay the interest on its loans.

So, in summary, the Fed wants to do three things:

  1. Keep interest rates low or the US government budget will blow up and…bankruptcy
  2. Keep the dollar up to keep money flowing into the USA, to keep interest rates low or…bankruptcy
  3. Prop up the stock market to keep money flowing into the US government or….bankruptcy

Now, if the trade war causes a fall or crash in the stock market the Fed will have a great excuse to halt its QT and halt its interest rate rises. They will have an excuse to begin to print money (QE) to bail out the stock market and quieten the bond markets, that is, reduce interest rates. But it will be at the cost of the strong dollar. Trump wants a lower dollar as do exporters and US multinationals, so it is the one thing that can be sacrificed.

This explains why in the futures markets an entity called “the commercials”, the smart moneyed bankers, have just bet record numbers of futures contracts on a falling interest rate future. Not just record numbers of long contracts, but a new record by far. They are also near records in long futures contracts for the Japanese yen. Silver futures contracts have just gone net long for the first time ever, and the commercials futures contracts for the gold market went net long two weeks ago for the first time in this century.

Is there a high risk of a stock market crash in the next few months? Yes. The catalyst could be the trade war with China. The Fed has given two speeches in the last week where they have said they are ready for a crash! Why would they say this? The clue is in the looming 25% tariff hike on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the USA, due to kick in sometime on or soon after the 5th of September, in a week from now or less. The Chinese have already devalued their currency, the Yuan, by 10% in the last four months in preparation for large scale tariffs. If the new mega-round of tariffs comes into play it will send a shudder down the back of global trading systems. The last time the Chinese unilaterally devalued their currency in 2015 in response to a capital flight from their country, the S& P dropped over 10% in response. If they do something similar and larger this time it will crash the US stock market. They can’t retaliate with counter tariffs as the US doesn’t export that much to China, the trade balance is grossly one sided. Devaluing their currency is their best weapon.

The Chinese are also by far the largest buyers of gold in the world. Since China joined the IMF’s currency basket last year, the price of gold has started to mirror the movements in the Chinese Yuan almost perfectly. They do not want to pay any more for gold than what they were before. The other central banks have allowed them to do this as they all work together via the Bank of International Settlements, the central banker’s central bank. So, if there is a tariff wall put up by Trump, and China uses the only weapon it has left, the devaluation of its currency, then gold could go down even further than the crazy depressed prices we find it at today. These prices are artificial as evidenced by the huge number of short contracts that have been built up to keep it down.

A spike down in the price of gold would be short lived because a reversal to QE by the Fed, and a subsequent drop in the US dollar would be far bigger influences on future price movements than the Chinese intervening in the futures markets to suppress it. So we are very close to the big low in gold, possible a multi-generational low. A new round of QE would also be inflationary as the central banks try to pump the global economy back to health like they did after the GFC. This is also great for gold.

The bankers are lined up ready for the starting gun. The Fed is dropping hints. All we need now is to hear the bang, a stock market being shot by one of the two bullets of global QT or a tariff-inspired currency war. Oh, and we are coming up to October, always a great month for a crash, especially on a ten year anniversary.

I hope the above makes sense!

Kevin Davis

Radiometric dating: Assumption One Debunked

Last year I started studying radiometric dating to see if the grand old ages for the earth, as presented by the evolutionary establishment do indeed stack up. This is something every thinking person on the planet should do. Below is a snippet of what I found out and will be in an essay published on the website later this year.

Modern radioisotope dating methods are like watching sand slide through an hour glass and working backwards to find the initial starting time. To trust an hour glass that is running with sand at the bottom we have to know if it was empty when we started, whether the flow has been consistent and unclogged, and whether no sand was added or subtracted from the pile at the bottom before we observed it.

The first of those three assumptions, in science-speak, goes something like this:

When the rock forms and hardens there should only be parent radioactive atoms in the rock and no daughter radiogenic atoms derived by radioactive decay.

If this assumption is violated, then the technique fails and all dates produced are false. If daughter atoms were present then the assumed age would be much older than the real age. Lets look at this assumption in detail to see if it stacks up by looking at the ages given for rocks that have a known historical age.

The potassium-argon (K–Ar) dating method is often used to date volcanic rocks. In using this method, it is always assumed that there was no daughter radiogenic argon in rocks when they formed. The K–Ar method works on the assumption that the radioactive decay ‘clock’ begins to ‘tick’ after the lava cooled and solidified as the argon from radioactive decay was unable to escape and started to accumulate.

For volcanic rocks which cool from molten lava, this would seem to be a reasonable assumption. Because argon is a gas, it should escape to the atmosphere due to the intense heat of the lava. It also assumes that no argon from radioactive decay was present initially. We can test these assumptions by studying modern lava flows of a known historic date.

In 1996 geologist Andrew Snelling investigated lava flows from Mt Ngauruhoe in New Zealand (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies!). Eleven samples were collected from five recent lava flows that occurred in 1949, 1954 and 1975.

The samples were sent progressively in batches to Geochron Laboratories in Boston for whole-rock potassium-argon (K–Ar) dating. Geochron is a respected commercial laboratory, with the K–Ar lab manager having a Ph.D. in K–Ar dating. The ‘dates’ obtained from the K–Ar analyses ranged from 0.27 to 3.5 (± 0.2) million years for rocks which were observed to have cooled from lava 25–50 years ago. The lab manager kindly re-checked his equipment and re-ran several of the samples, producing similar results. This ruled out a systematic lab error and confirmed that the low results were real.

Clearly, the argon content varies greatly within these rocks. Some geochronologists would say <0.27 million years is actually the correct ‘date’, but how would they know that 3.5 million years was not in fact the correct ‘age’ if they did not already know the lava flows were recent?

Because these rocks are known to be less than 50 years old, the K–Ar dates in the hundreds of thousands of years must be due to excess argon the rock inherited from the magma deep in the earth when the rock first formed. When the lava cooled the rocks contained higher than zero concentrations of normal radiogenic argon, which is indistinguishable from daughter radiogenic argon derived by radioactive decay of its parent potassium.

Some critics have argued that the magma must have picked up chunks of old rock as it moved through the Earth. They claim, without evidence, that these pieces of old rock, xenoliths, contaminated the sample and gave the very old age. Dr Austin anticipated this line of criticism and was particularly careful to identify xenoliths and ensure none were included in the sample. Other critics suggested feldspar crystal size gave wrong ages. This criticism was also anticipated, and proved incorrect as the old ages came from multiple crystals.

In another obvious example of dating error, rock samples from a lava dome within the Mount St Helens in the USA were dated using the K-Ar method. Whole-rock samples gave ages from 1.0 to 3.5 million years. However, the lava dome only formed after Mount St Helens exploded in 1980 and the samples were just 10 years old at the time the samples were tested. Similar errors have been compiled for historically known lava flows in Hawaii, Mt Etna in Italy, Mt Lassen in California and the Sunset crater in Arizona.

These examples of dating error clearly violate assumption number one of radioactive dating. The bottom of the geological hourglass was not empty of radioactive “sand” when it was flipped. Therefore, all potassium-argon tests and dates for the earth’s basement rocks are invalid. If the method fails on rocks when we have an independent eye-witness account, then why should we trust it on other rocks where there are no independent historical cross-checks?

In regards to rocks of unknown history but the same origin and location, radioisotope dating often gives us vastly inconsistent ages. This is another clue that daughter atoms were present when the rocks were formed. One study took samples of rock from the Grand Canyon and tested their ages with respected laboratories. Seven samples from one rock formation, which should all be the same age because they belong to the same metamorphosed basalt lava flow, gave ages ranging from 1,060 million to 2,574 million years. This includes two samples only 0.84 meters apart that yielded K-Ar model ages of 1,205 million years and 2,574 million years respectively. Is it any wonder that preconceived assumptions about the age of the earth play such a huge role in the dates that are accepted and those that are rejected?

Kevin Davis

 

More Confirmation of Islam Turning to Christ

I was just having morning tea and came across this article from a British newspaper. It confirms everything I have been saying on this website. Enjoy.

From The Express: Jan 10, 2017

Wave of Muslims in Middle East turning to Christ after violence

Thousands of Muslims are turning away from their religion and embracing Christianity amid ongoing violence in the Middle East, it has been claimed. Churches across Europe and the Middle East have reported a rise in attendance, mostly coming from new Muslims moving into the area. They have already seen thousands of Muslims converts – and some are expecting to see millions turn to Christianity over the coming years.

Voice Of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC) said that despite millions of people – mainly Muslims – fleeing the war-torn Middle East due to violence and persecution there are scores turning to Christianity.  VOMC said: “There are thousands upon thousands coming to Christ.

“We are in regular contact with our FM stations in Iraq and have talked with many people who have family in the Middle East. Some of our Middle Eastern broadcasters have shared testimonies [about many turning to Christ] with us, which they hear directly from listeners when visiting there.”

In Iran Christian churches are attacked with impunity and shut down by the nation’s Islamic government, mission group Elam Ministries said.  The mission group stated that the number of Christians in the country have been growing The mission group stated that the number of Christians in the country have been growing despite the problems back home.

Elam Ministries said: “Church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in the next few years – such is the spiritual hunger that exists and the disillusionment with the Islamic regime. If we remain faithful to our calling, our conviction is that it is possible to see the nation transformed within our lifetime.  Because Iran is a strategic gateway nation, the growing church in Iran will impact Muslim nations across the Islamic world.”

Matthias Linke, a priest from the Evangelical-Freikirchlichen Gemeinde, in Berlin, said: “A lot of them come to Germany and think, here I can choose my religion and I want to choose a religion of freedom. For many Iranians that I’ve baptized, Christianity is the religion of freedom.”

Across Europe a similar situation is being reported by churches and ministers. Trinity church in the Berlin suburb of Steglitz, has seen the congregation explode from 150 to 700 thanks to Muslim converts.  And the Austrian Catholic Church has had a 70 per cent increase in applications for adult baptism during the first three months of 2016 alone.

One Iranian convert, named only as Johannes, said: “I found that the history of Islam was completely different from what we were taught at school. Maybe, I thought, it was a religion that began with violence.” The 32-year-old added: “A religion that began with violence cannot lead people to freedom and love.  “Jesus Christ said ‘those who use the sword will die by the sword.’ This really changed my mind.”

Australia Has a New Prime Minister: Here’s Why

The beauty of a coup d’etat in Australia is that there is no blood, no armies on the streets, no popular lynchings…not much fuss at all really.

And so it was that we had another political coup last week, the fourth in about eight years. Our Prime Minister, the uber rich Malcolm Turnbull, was ousted by his own party and Scott Morrison, a conservative evangelical Christian  was parachuted in. The main conspirator, Peter Dutton, was wisely left out to dry.

So, what’s going on inside the liberal party?

Dutton built his campaign around a return to conservative values. He was an ex-policeman from Queensland, the heart state conservative values and the Bible belt (albeit a very thin one) of Australia. There were even whispers coming from the Liberal that Turnbull was a secret leftist. The majority have now agreed, especially since they were so far behind in the polls that their own political heads were on the line. Scott Morrison was seen as a return to core values, without Dutton’s baggage.

This is a shift that aligns with the ideological battles that are reshaping global politics.Internationally, people are reclaiming the idea of national identity: First there was Brexit, then we almost got a Frexit and now there is something of an Italexit going on. Eastern Europe has kicked out all of George Soros’ NGO’s and refuses to take any Muslim refugees. And then there is Trump, whom some say is crazy, but who is a very clever man indeed. The first truly independent president since WW2.

This is a blow-back against globalisation; a rejection of political elites such as Hillary Clinton and liberal world-order politics-as-usual: Unbridled immigration, free trade for the worlds multinationals at the expense of sovereign objections, Western energy policies being pushed at emerging market economies. These have become defining issues. The push-back is disrupting the cozy elites who thought they had taken control of western democracies in the name of the G20, the European Union, the UN security council, the major central banks, the Bank of International Settlements, the IMF, the globally significant/too big to fail financial institutions, transnational business and ultra-wealthy investors run the world as a loosely connected club.

At the end of the day there are vast political and religious differences between this elite, but they are united by finance and the vast power that comes with it. The 6,000 people that run the world, most of whom attend the Davos conference each year, and who also control the G20, run the IMF, preside over the UN, lead the big banks, the sovereign wealth funds and big business, have a huge vested interest in the current financial architecture. It’s their system, their baby, and they benefit the most.

Populists, conservatives, or the deplorables; whatever you call them, they want their democracies back. We handed leadership to the elites a generation ago. They have ignored local steel workers, electronics workers, small business owners and unemployed, then shunt their own internationalist social agenda to the fore by transferring their production bases to low wage environments. Now people are trying to boot them out and get our countries back. Its happening all through Europe, America and now Australia. Those left behind by the elites are now being heard after being ignored too long, drowned out by the mantra of “free trade”, which has allowed China to break every rule in the free trade book.

We are now in the era of deplorables’ revenge. We are in a ideological border war between nationalists, mainly on the right, and multicultural globalists mainly on the left.

Here in Australia, questions of climate change, energy policy, Islamic immigration, freedom of speech and religion, Chinese political interference, and the rising political power of the homosexual lobby have been weaponised in an ideological battle to win back the soul of the Liberal Party, to reclaim it for its conservative base. Too many have defected to minor parties.

Lets see if Scott Morrison can stem the tide and win them back!

Kevin Davis