Questions and Answers
This chapter is a collection of the most commonly asked questions people have asked during my various seminars held throughout the country.. All questions are fair game, and I am asked all sorts of questions. The general theme is the creation theme, evolution, and dinosaurs. I wish to re-emphasize that I believe the Bible is the infallible, inspired, inerrant Word of the living God. I taught high school science for fifteen years, and I can assure you that there are no conflicts with the Bible. It is God's Word.
Question. Does the Bible have contradictions?
I became a Christian at the age of sixteen. I was raised in a Lutheran Church, a Mennonite Church, and a Methodist Church; we also visited the Catholic Church and just about every other kind that there was. By the time I was sixteen, I had been baptized, catechized, pasteurized, and homogenized, but I had not been converted. I was saved when I was sixteen and started attending a little right-wing, radical, independent, temperamental, fundamental Baptist church. My life really began to change. My parents became a little concerned and said, "Kent, we are glad for all these changes in your life, but we would like to tone you down just a little bit. Would you go to the Methodist church camp this summer?" I said, "I'd be glad to." I had only been saved for a couple of months when I went to the Methodist church camp. Now, there are some good and wonderful Methodists out there, please don't misunderstand me, but this particular group was extremely liberal. The preacher at this Methodist church did not believe that the Bible is the Word of God by a long shot. He did not believe in a literal hell. He did not even believe in a literal devil.
The first evening at the camp the counselor set all the guys on their bunks, and he said, "Let me find out about all of you." We told him who we were. He said, "I want you to know that I am a student at Illinois State University, and I am a humanist. I am going to be your counselor this week." I did not even know what being a humanist meant. I was only sixteen, and the brain doesn't even start developing until about twenty. I asked him, "What is a humanist? Does that mean that you believe in humans?" He said, "Yes, I believe in humans, but that is not what humanist means." I said, "Do you believe the Bible?" He said, "Oh, no, no. The Bible is a good book, but it's not perfect. There are conflicts in the Bible." Now remember, I had only been saved a couple of months. My preacher had told me, "If someone ever tells you there are contradictions in the Bible, hand them your Bible and tell them to show you one." I thought, "I'll try it." I handed him my Bible, and I said, "Show me one of those contradictions, would you please?" He said, "I would be glad to." I thought, "Oh, no!" He took my Bible and opened it to Genesis chapter 1. Let me show you what he showed me in 1969, the first summer that I was a Christian. He turned to Genesis 1:11-13, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day." The counselor read these verses, and then said, "Kent, what day did God make the trees?" I said, "He made them on the third day. That's what it says." He said, "That is correct. Look down in verse twenty. This is where we start day five." Verse twenty states, "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." He said, "Kent, what day did God make the birds?" I said, "He made them on the fifth day." He said, "What did he make the birds out of? He made Adam out of the dirt. He made Eve out of Adam's rib. What did he make the birds out of?" I said, "He made the birds out of the water." He said, "That is correct. Now look over to Genesis 1:24-26." He began to read, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image..." The counselor then said, "Hold it Kent, just a minute. What day did God make the animals?" I said, "He made the animals on day six according to verse twenty-four." The counselor said, "Did he make the man after he made the animals?" I said, "Yes, he did. He made man last." The counselor said good. Now that we have settled all of that. Let me show you a contradiction in the Bible. Look at Genesis 2:8-9." He read, "And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food..." "Wait a minute," the counselor said; "I thought the trees came on day three, and man came on day six. Chapter two has a different story. It has man first, and then the trees, an obvious contradiction!" I didn't have any idea what to say. I said, "Well, I don't know what the answer is to that one." He said, "Oh, there is much more. Look down in Genesis 2:18-19." He began to read, "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air..." He said, "Here, we have two problems. We have the animals being made after man, whereas chapter one has the animals being made before man. The second problem is we have here the birds are being made out of the ground. Chapter 1 has them being made out of the water." He went on to say, "Kent, the Bible is a nice book, but it is not the Word of God." I was devastated. I didn't know what to say.
Have you ever been really defeated in an argument, and you just walk away saying, "Well, I don't know what to say." You just feel humiliated. I wish that I could find that counselor. I hope he reads this book, because I have the solution to his problem.
Let me tell you the Hovind Theory of what happened. On the third day God made the trees, the plants, vegetation, etc. The fourth day he made the Sun. On the fifth day he made the birds out of the water. On the sixth day he made the animals, and then he made man. He then put man in the garden in a particular place. The Bible says that it was eastward, a particular place, not the whole world, just one spot. He put man in the garden, and there he made the trees to grow. The rest of the world is already full of trees. He made the trees to grow, and it was only certain trees. It was only the trees that were pleasant to the sight and good to eat. It wasn't all the trees in the world. This is a continuation of the creation. God is not done yet. God is still creating. It is still day six. When God finished making all the trees, he looked at Adam, and said, "Adam, it is not good for you to be alone. I am going to make a help that is meet, or suitable for you." Out of the ground, God made one of each of the animals on the earth. The rest of the world is already full of animals. This is just taking place in the garden, and it is just for the purpose for Adam to name the animals, and to select a wife. God didn't make all the animals after Adam. He only made one of each of the animals. As Adam was standing there, up out of the ground came one of the animals. Adam said, "Hippopotamus. No thanks, not my type." Then up came a giraffe. Adam said, "No thanks." One by one, God made one of each of the animals, and Adam named them, and rejected them as far as being his wife. The Lord said, "Adam, what do you think of all these animals?" Adam said, "That was great, Lord, but I don't want to marry any of them." The Lord said, "Okay Adam, you just go to sleep. I have a surprise for you." Adam went to sleep and the Lord took one small spare part and made the worlds first loud speaker. After several days the Lord came back. They had their wedding and honeymoon. I don't know who threw the rice. The Lord said, "Adam, how is going?" Adam said, "Lord, I have a couple of questions." The Lord said, "Sure Adam, what would you like to know?" Adam said, "First of all, why did you make Eve so beautiful?" The Lord said, "Adam, I did that on purpose so that you would be attracted to her." He said, "Lord, it is working very well. I am very attracted to her, but Lord, I have another question. Why did you make her to be such an air head?" The Lord said, "Well, Adam I had to do that so that she would be attracted to you." It works both ways.
No, there are no conflicts between Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Don't buy that garbage. That is the excuse a lot of people always use.
Question. What are the lines on products for?
I want you to look at something interesting on a different subject. This question comes up frequently, "What are those little lines on the products for?" It is not an Ethiopian family portrait. Those little lines have a meaning. Computers are not very bright. Computers can only count to one. They go from zero to one, and then they have to start over again. They speak a language called binary language. Everything has to be described to a computer in binary, which is a series of zeros and ones. If you want to make the number five, there are two different ways to do it. You can make it with a zero, which is a white line; a one, which is a black line; and another one, which is a black line, and then zero, zero, zero, and then one. The computer reads all of that and interprets it as a five. When the binary language was developed for computers, somebody decided to let the white stripes represent zeros and the black stripes represent ones. By using a laser, computers scan the bar code and translate them into numbers. In 1972, the bar code was introduced on the products. It was known as the universal product code, or the universal price code (UPC). As I said before, there are primarily two different ways to make each of the numbers, with three different ways to make a few of them. If you will notice the first two lines of the computer bar code on the left are longer than the rest of them, and they are unmarked. The next two lines are longer and they are marked out in front and to the left. It is the number zero in this case. A fat line and a skinny line make up the number zero. Look at the bar code in figure 6-1 and you will see the fat line and skinny line says zero, but it is written out to the left. You will notice that they did not mark the number for the first two. Look five more numbers over to the right, and in the center there are two skinny lines that are unmarked. They are the same as the first two. Look five more numbers to the right, and you will see four more numbers that are longer than the rest. In this case, there are two fat lines, which represent the number two, written out to the far right, and two skinny lines again that are unmarked. Two skinny lines represent the computer code for six. Back in 1972, the binary code began to be implemented. Every UPC code starts with a six, with a six in the middle, and a six at the end. They have always been that way.
Nobody seems to know why six was chosen. They just had to pick some number. The first six triggers the computer to turn on, read the first set, the middle six tells the computer to switch to set two, and the last six defines the end of the set. This is a unique way to make numbers, and enables companies to keep a good inventory of their products. It is an amazing system which works great, but it ought to ring a few bells if you are a Christian.
The Bible states that in the last days there is going to come a system of marks to buy or sell money. Revelation 13:16-18 states, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." I don't understand that, but there might be three different things going on simultaneously. Maybe there are some for the elite, and some for the peons. Continuing with verse eighteen, "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." A score equals twenty; so, three score equals sixty. We were warned two thousand years ago that in the end times there would be a system of marks to buy and sell, and it is going to have the number 666. The Bible states in chapter 14, if you receive that mark you will be tormented.
Mark of the Beast
Question. What is the tiny strip in paper money?
You might want to be up-to-date on the events happening that relate to the mark of the beast. The UPC code that was developed in 1972 is on nearly all products, but a system was needed to keep track of the cash. The US Treasury began marking the bills in 1989 with a magnetic strip of paper. It is a magnetic tape through the center of the paper located on the left end of the bills. If you have a denomination five or above, and it was printed in 1989 or later, it will have that strip. You can hold it up to the light and see it very clearly. That little magnetic strip is of the same type that is on the back of your credit card. If you rub the strip a few times, and then grab it with a pair of tweezers, you can remove that little strip out of the money. Written across the strip in a twenty dollar bill is "20 USA." The amount changes for each of the different denominations. The excuse that is given for this change, of course, is to prevent counterfeiting.
The long range plan may surprise you. They want to be able to track the money and find out where it goes. They want to know who had it last. The only way they can do that is to have a computer chip implanted in your hand, so when you handle the money, it will register who had that money. They would also be able to track how much money you have in your pocket by these little magnetic strips. I listened to a tape by a computer programmer from Washington state. He designed a very tiny computer chip. He was given the assignment with taxpayer dollars to develop a micro computer chip that could be injected into people that were paralyzed. The idea was to put a chip into each of the major muscles and network them together so that a paralyzed person would be able to get some movement from their muscles. They were trying to recreate the nervous system with computers. He and his crew developed a computer chip that could be ejected through a hypodermic needle. They debated back and forth about where to get the power source. The question was, "How are we going to power this computer?" They wanted a computer chip that was small enough to go through a hypodermic needle, and would be equipped with a lifetime battery. They decided to use the lithium battery, over many objections, because the lithium battery can be recharged by changes in the body's temperature. As the body becomes warmer or cooler, it could automatically recharge this battery. They spent nearly two million dollars to find out what part of the body changes temperature the most during its lifetime. After spending two million dollars, they found out what any mother could have told them in the beginning. It is the forehead or the hand. Where do you feel for a fever? I cannot verify this, but I understand from a very reliable source (that I would rather not name) that some of the Desert Storm troops were injected with this little computer chip in their hand. Whether that is far fetched or not I do not know. The testimony that he gave me was that they were testing the system to see if they could track the Desert Storm troops via satellite based on that chip in their hand.
If the lithium battery that they are using and did use, goes bad, and there are several things that will make it go bad, it will cause a horrible boil and sore on the body. The Bible tells in Revelation about everybody getting noisome and grievous sores on their bodies in the last days. We are to the point where people do not realize that a computer chip can be injected into the body, and one can be permanently and invisibly marked. There will come a day that you will go to the store to buy groceries; you will lay your hand on a scanner ("Thank you Mrs. Jones"), and your money will automatically be deducted from your account. There will be no cash, no credit cards, no checks, and no privacy. Whoever runs that computer will know everything about you; they will know everything that you have bought and every place that you have ever been. They will control the cash and that is the real purpose behind it all. This little strip in the money is just one of many stages of technology development. Most people are fascinated when they realize that we are very close to the fulfillment of this prophecy in the book of Revelation. There is going to be a system where you cannot buy or sell without the mark in the hands or in the forehead. This is something that you need to think about.
Question. Can you prove the age of something with carbon dating?
Another subject that needs to be discussed is carbon dating. Many people ask me, "What about carbon dating? Doesn't carbon dating, potassium argon dating, or uranium lead dating, prove that things are millions of years old?" You were probably taught when you went to school that they prove the age of things by using carbon dating methods.
Let me explain how carbon dating works. In the atmosphere there is a little carbon (CO2) in the air that we breathe. There is not much of it, but we breathe in a little of it in, and your body hardly does anything with it. Generally, you create it and then breathe it back out. Plants, on the other hand, take in CO2, and it becomes part of their tissue. They make sugars and things out of the CO2. When cosmic radiation from outer space hits the atmosphere, the high energy particles change the nitrogen (our air is about 80% nitrogen) to carbon fourteen (C14), and it becomes radioactive. That doesn't mean that it listens to the radio a lot. It means its unstable relationship is going to break down. C14 only lasts a short time and then it breaks back down to nitrogen, but when it breaks down it throws off little particles. To over simplify this, if you were walking past a piece of C14 with a Geiger counter, the little particles would strike the Geiger counter, and you would hear it click. You've seen movies where they are walking around with a Geiger counter looking for nuclear material, and it is clicking. Willard Libby received a Nobel Prize for the development of carbon dating. Willard Libby said, "C14 breaks down in a predictable half life. About half of it changes back to N14 every 5,730 years." We will round it off to 6,000 for this analogy. In 6,000 years, it breaks down and half of it is gone, so if you walk past a piece of C14 that is brand new, you should get sixteen clicks per gram per minute. Therefore if your Geiger counter is registering sixteen clicks per minute, you have brand new C14. If you were able to check it 6,000 years later, half of it would be gone, and you should only get eight clicks per minute per gram. Therefore, if you are only getting eight clicks per gram per minute, you can assume that it has already gone through one half life, and it is now 6,000 years old. If you are only getting four clicks per minute, then it has gone through two half lives, so it is now twelve thousand years old. That is the principle of how carbon dating works. It is very simple and very neatly done.