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The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition I The Scientific History of Origins: The Conflict of the Ages Student, #1

The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition I The Scientific History of Origins: The Conflict of the Ages Student, #1

Автором Michael J. Findley

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The Conflict of the Ages Student Edition I The Scientific History of Origins: The Conflict of the Ages Student, #1

Автором Michael J. Findley

278 pages
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May 22, 2015


The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.

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The Conflict of the Ages Part One Student Edition The Scientific History of Origins

by Michael J. and Mary C. Findley

© 2013 Findley Family Video Publications

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Speaking the truth in love.

Scripture references are as follows: The Bible: The King James Version, public domain. The New International Version, from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION Registered. NIV Registered. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The New American Standard Version: Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible Registered, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. The Orthodox Jewish Bible fourth edition, OJB. Copyright 2002,2003,2008,2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International. All rights reserved used by permission. Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.0. Copyright © 1996-2013 by ISV Foundation. Used by permission of Davidson Press, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY.

Table of Contents

I. Our Assumptions on Origins

II. How Did the Universe Begin?

III. How Can We Know About Origins?

IV. Before Time: Eternity Past

V. The First Day of Creation

VI. The Second Day of Creation

VII. The Third Day of Creation

VIII. The Fourth Day of Creation

IX. The Fifth Day of Creation

X. The Sixth Day of Creation

XI. Condition of the Earth on the Seventh Day

XII. Summary of The Scientific History of Origins

XI. Review Questions

XII. Vocabulary

XIII. References, Footnotes, Expanded Study and Appendix Materials

Other Books and Products from Findley Family Video

Note to the Reader

Note to the Reader: Each underlined item in the text hyperlinks to references at the end of this work. If a quotation is included in a graphic, that graphic will contain a hyperlink. There are also hyperlinks from the reference back to the main text.

(Note: When clicking on a hyperlink, touch or place the mouse on or in a character, not in a space between letters or words, to ensure the hyperlink works correctly.)

This work includes three types of material:

A. Our Own Statements, Thoughts, and Opinions

B. Quotations from the Holy Scriptures

These will appear in Italic font. If no version is listed it is the King James Translation.

C. Quotes from Other Sources.

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Quotes from other sources vary wildly in accuracy and reliability. An example of highly reliable material outside of the Bible is the Book of Jubilees. The Coptic Church regards the Book of Jubilees as inspired Scripture. There are twenty-one copies of the Book of Jubilees among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Book of Jubilees is not inspired. It contains errors. Note the testimony from Epiphaneus, a bishop of Salamis (A.D. 310-403?), referenced below.

"Epiphaneus does not introduce the material from Jubilees as scripture, and Jubilees is not among the biblical books he names in his treatise Measures and Weights; but the information in the Book of Jubilees was reliable enough for him to use in refuting a sect that attributed a different origin and nature to Seth."

"He also reproduces Jubilees’ connection between the twenty-two works of creation until the Sabbath and the twenty-two generations until Jacob."

With Byzantine historians, "Josephus and Jubilees were regularly cited together, since, in the scope and the material treated, the two works were parallel."

Source for Jubilees Authoritya

An example at the other extreme is the Epic of Gilgamesh. We refer to it because at the time of this writing it is considered to be the world’s oldest written document. Its only true purpose was to deify man and support the local tyrant. It is mostly erroneous, sometimes dangerous, and is difficult to read and understand. Still, the Epic of Gilgamesh contains some useful information. There are multiple extant versions of the Epic of Gilgamesh with considerable variations. While there are fragments of the Epic of Gilgamesh dating back to the beginning of the second millennia, maybe even the third millennia, BC, the most complete extant copy is a Babylonian version found in 7th century BC library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. This is the version we use. It is also the most common version, since it is the oldest complete version.

When Noah’s family left the Ark they passed on the true history of mankind to their descendants. Every culture, therefore, was originally founded on accurate information. The various historical accounts included in this work still contain some accurate information. We begin each point with the information taught by the appropriate Scripture passages. That is followed by additional evidence to support the Scriptural teachings. This additional evidence includes various records as well as archeological and geological evidence.

The Book of Jasher needs special explanation. One reviewer critiquing this work for publication stated that the "Book of Jasher is not authentic. What is being cited is an 18th century forgery". This reviewer’s error concerning the Book of Jasher, is, sadly, widespread and accepted by many otherwise very well-educated believers. If you are concerned about this error, then please examine the article in the References, Footnotes, Expanded Study and Appendix Materials (near the end of the book) on the Book of Jasher.b

Many ancient Jewish sources are quoted, including Philo, Josephus, the Sedar Olam, the Book of Jubilees, the Book of the Bee, the Cave of Treasures, the first Book of Enoch, various Talmuds and Midrashes, in addition to the Book of Jasher. Many non-Jewish sources are also quoted. The Jewish books are from the Second Century AD or older. None of them are inspired by God and all contain errors. Sources quoted in these modules support positions in the Word of God. There is little value in extensive study of any of these works, but they are documented in case you wish to examine them. They are all based on older works and accurately record older Jewish traditions.

The Stephen Hawking quote above is referenced as endnote ¹.

I. Our Assumptions on Origins

Unlike secular textbooks, our foundations, our assumptions, are clearly laid out. Everything is based on assumptions. Many fail to list or even understand their assumptions. It is dishonest and an attempt to deceive when assumptions are not disclosed. Being dishonest by failing to disclose your assumptions is a lie. The Big Lie,² die Grosse Luge, was the foundation of the Nazi propaganda machine. The great mass of people will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.

To keep you, the reader from being any kind of victim, we make our assumptions very clear and easy to understand.

A. There Is No Difference Between Religious and Scientific Truth.

There are not different kinds of truth or even different views or perspectives on truth. Dr. Mendel Sachs,³ Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, says this on his website:

There has been much discussion, over the ages, on the possible interaction of the bases of science and religion. It has been my proposition that such interaction is illusory, primarily because the logics of these two disciplines are out of context. That is to say, religious truth and scientific truth have different meanings.

Stephen Jay Gould⁴ had another way of expressing this concept. He preached Non-overlapping Magisteria, that science and religion govern separate aspects of society and can co-exist as long as they keep separate. Yet in his 1997 article with that title, he systematically attacks Pope John Paul II’s 1996 statement on evolution as confusing and troubling. He calls Scientific Creationism, the belief that the Bible is to be taken literally, a position uniquely American and held by almost nobody, as if nobody ever believed the Bible to be true except this tiny, ridiculous faction.

If the Scriptures are not true, how can they be even useful moral and philosophical guides? The truth is that secularists want people to realize that having two kinds of truth makes no sense. Most Secular Humanists insist they are their own moral guides, and they don’t need religious truth at all. They pretend to allow for these separate truths so that religion can be segregated more and more from people’s regular lives. They hope that religion will keep being pushed aside until it isn’t given any place in society. One day they expect that people will come to accept their teaching as the only truth.

The fact is that both Sachs’ and Gould’s positions say the same thing, and they are both false. There is no difference or separation between religious truth and scientific truth. Truth is truth. And the Scriptures do accurately report first-person observations and scientific facts.

B. The History of Mankind Progressing from Primitive to Civilized Does Not Fit the Evidence

Even many Secular Humanists understand that the current mainstream view of history, the progression from primitive to civilized to technological, makes no sense. Everywhere we can see examples of ancient technology. There is so much evidence of advanced early man that Secular Humanists must explain this advanced technology is some way. While there are a wide range of answers given, they all fall into three basic categories. Besides listing the type of argument, we also list a major proponent of each position. We also list simply ignoring the evidence, perhaps hoping that it will go away, as a position.

1. There is no explanation for ancient technology. The technology does not fit any existing theories, yet it exists.

Graham Hancock and people like him are more reasonable, though still not accurate. They also view the ancient artifacts as technological marvels and sometimes allow for the possibility of extraterrestrials. But they are for the most part content to find the ancient evidence for advanced technology without drawing dogmatic conclusions. Hancock has traveled the world, researching and documenting advanced ancient civilizations, and has written many books, such as Fingerprints of the Gods,⁵ to point out that something is wrong with the secularist position that man’s development began primitive and advanced to the complex through time. The following quote in the graphic is from Fingerprints of the Gods.

Hancock is saying that we should not blindly accept experts who ignore clear evidence. He almost comes out and says that these people are inventing fictional explanations. He has a point. Secularists have to ignore many facts and pieces of evidence, such as those Hancock and others have uncovered, to hold on to their simple to complex ideas about origins and advancement in science and history.

2. Extraterrestrials gave advanced technology to primitive humans

Some believe that ancient technology came from extraterrestrials who guided mankind and were mistaken for gods.

Modern authors (such as Erich Von Däniken⁶ in his books Gold of the Gods and Chariots of the Gods?) accept the timeline of the mainstream religion of Secular Humanism, but clearly see that the technology of ancient humans does not fit with their presuppositions. So Erich Von Däniken and his followers believe that some type of extraterrestrials gave technology to ancient primitive humans. They see hundreds of religions and differing accounts of key events. They don’t dismiss all religions as delusional like other secularists. But they still come to a conclusion that excludes any possibility that the Scriptures are accurate.

"If the Almighty Controller of the Universe was worried about what we believe about religion, then the Eternal Being would reveal Himself and clearly enlighten the world on the true nature of reality and religion. The fact that there is so much massive confusion about religion on our planet gives credence to the possibility that human religions may not be divinely inspired.

Instead, our religious beliefs might have been created by devious extraterrestrial alien tricksters, who actively seek deception.

Von Däniken has misidentified the beings responsible for deceiving mankind and leading us to create conflicting and wildly varying religions. By claiming that God did not clearly explain Himself in His Word, by rejecting the Scriptures as truth, he has fallen into the same trap as those he claims were deceived by aliens.

3. Simply Ignore the Advanced Ancient Technology

If you can get a secularist to clearly state his position on origins, even he may tell you that the universe is not eternal, but began in an explosion of matter billions of years ago. This is often called the Big Bang. He will make no attempt to explain where this matter came from. The Big Bang theory is explained in detail in Stephen Hawking’s book A Brief History of Time.⁷This theory is the most commonly held position of the Established Religion of western culture, Secular Humanism.

As Stephen Hawking said in the quote at the beginning of this study, religion is based on authority and science is based on observation and reason. The problem with Stephen Hawking, the High Priest of Physics, and Richard Dawkins, The High Priest of Biology, is that they also represent a religion, speaking authoritatively, without evidence. It ignores the observations and reason opposing their religion. It is a religion opposed to the Bible.

4. The Physical Information in the Bible Is Correct.

Men like Immanuel Velikovsky⁸ irritate other Secular Humanists even more. Absolutely vilified by mainstream archaeology, Immanuel Velikovsky was an agnostic Jew and a psychiatrist who did extensive research demonstrating that mainstream dating schemes do not work. When Velikovsky speaks of collective memory in the quote below, he means he has studied written works, artifacts, and records from ancient cultures. He claims that most secularists have ignored clear evidence to promote their theories about Earth’s age and their false chronology of historical events.

"I came upon the idea that traditions and legends and memories of generic origin can be treated in the same way in which we treat

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