Participants: Shawn Boonstra (Host), Dan Houghton
Series Code: OTA
Program Code: OTA00004A
00:21 Dr. Standish, you recognize this?
00:24 That's a beautiful instrument.
00:25 Yeah, beautiful Apple iPod and I've got
00:28 pictures of my kids in here and would
00:30 you believe it or not Dr. Standish,
00:32 I mean look at this, this little tool that
00:34 we can buy in a computer store or in
00:36 an electronic store actually holds one
00:39 of the keys to whether or not
00:40 God really exist, did you know that?
00:42 Who would have thought? Yeah,
00:43 who would have thought And you might just
00:45 start thinking that if you stick
00:46 around for "Out of Thin Air".
01:02 I wanna welcome you back to
01:04 "Out of Thin Air" with Pastor Shawn Boonstra
01:06 of It is Written Television.
01:08 This is our fourth and final session
01:11 and I want to find out, have you enjoyed
01:13 yourselves, have you learnt
01:14 something here that has been good?
01:21 You know these are questions we begin
01:23 with the idea of great questions.
01:25 Asking questions we haven't had a chance
01:27 to answer them all, I know that there
01:29 has not been time for that but at least
01:30 there has been an idea about what
01:32 question to ask. The answers have
01:34 guided us maybe started serene journey.
01:37 So, I want you to welcome right now
01:39 Pastor Shawn Boonstra for this special
01:41 fourth session entitled "Out of Thin Air."
01:53 Four meetings isn't very much,
01:55 isn't it? It just goes so fast and I know
01:57 people are saying I didn't have enough
01:59 yet and I want to learn more and study
02:02 more and the truth is, so do I.
02:05 Are there so much more we could study,
02:06 we could go on for 20 years every
02:08 night on this subject and probably not
02:10 hit the end of it. So here is the good news.
02:13 Wherever you are right now;
02:16 in a church group, wherever you
02:17 are watching this you happen to be
02:19 sitting with people who love to study
02:21 this kind of thing and so it doesn't have
02:23 to end with meeting number four.
02:24 You can go on, the people around
02:26 you like to discuss it and they love to
02:29 study the Bible and there are all kinds of
02:30 things that you can study and talk
02:32 about and where you are perhaps somebody
02:34 will tell you about the things that you can
02:36 study there in that group or that church
02:39 wherever you are. And on top of that,
02:41 I know a lot of people say,
02:42 I have so many more questions
02:44 what else can I study, what else can I read.
02:46 Here is what I am going to do.
02:48 I am going to posts some of the better
02:49 books that I have read and some of
02:52 the ones for example that
02:53 Dr. Standish would recommend at our
02:55 website thinairevent.com.
02:58 You go to thinairevernt.com.
02:59 There will be books there that you can
03:01 study and keep reading and keep
03:03 digging into this thing, no pun intended.
03:06 Well, it's nigh number four,
03:07 our subject is "Out of Thin Air".
03:09 Lets bow our heads for a brief word of prayer.
03:12 Father in heaven thank you so much
03:14 for loving us and for giving us intelligent
03:17 minds that can ask good questions,
03:20 it's our desire tonight that we would
03:21 hear your voice and that you would
03:23 bless my thoughts, in Jesus name, amen.
03:27 Well, let's do a very quick review
03:29 of some of the things that we've touched on
03:31 and one of the things that I really
03:32 wanna quickly review because it's a really,
03:35 really fascinating thing, I want to go back to
03:37 nigh number 1 and look at Thomas Aquinas.
03:40 You remember that name, Thomas Aquinas?
03:42 One of the theologians years and years
03:44 centuries ago, they started wondering
03:45 how can we prove that God exists
03:48 and he kind a borrowed from Aristotle
03:50 and from some of other Greek thinkers
03:51 and he came up with a number
03:53 of arguments. One of the arguments
03:55 that we looked at was the "Argument from Degree".
03:57 We called it his second argument
03:59 and it's really his fourth, he had five.
04:01 The Argument from Degree, Aquinas said,
04:04 this is the argument based on Morality.
04:07 He said how do we know what is good
04:08 and what is evil, and nobody is
04:10 perfectly good, nobody is perfectly
04:12 evil and we can sort of gauge,
04:14 sort of degrees of good and evil and
04:15 people who tells us what is good
04:17 and what is evil. That was one of
04:19 his arguments. The arguments from
04:21 Morality somebody has given us a sense
04:24 of Morality and a moral code that the
04:26 human race seems to live by.
04:28 That was his fourth argument I called
04:30 it his Second Argument. His fifth argument
04:32 I called it his third was the
04:33 "Argument from Design". He basically looked at
04:36 the world and everybody basically
04:38 familiar with his argument.
04:39 He said this place is so complex,
04:41 so finely tuned, so perfect for life,
04:43 it is obvious as you look at this planet
04:46 that somebody put this together,
04:48 it had a Designer. It is just too
04:50 complicated and he said that basically
04:52 without a microscope and without a telescope.
04:54 He said that years before anybody
04:57 could see what we can see in the heavens
04:59 and down in the microscopic world.
05:01 Now very, very interesting point;
05:04 these two arguments, the argument based
05:06 on Morality and the argument
05:09 based on Design, it turns out their
05:11 very intricately linked. Let me show you
05:14 how those two arguments are linked.
05:17 And I am going to take you down a
05:18 little path to demonstrate this.
05:20 Most of the ways that you and I measure
05:23 time are derived from the universe.
05:25 We have looked out into the universe
05:28 and we've noticed that things happen with
05:29 such precision and in such a regular
05:31 cycle that we use it to define time
05:33 here on earth. We have seen a pattern
05:36 in the universe. So we set our clocks by it.
05:38 We measure time based on the patterns
05:40 we see in the universe. So for example;
05:43 a year, a year is the time that it takes
05:45 the earth to go around the sun.
05:47 It is roughly 365 days. It's not exactly
05:51 365 days. It's a little bit often,
05:53 that's why we have to have a leap
05:54 year once in a while to kind a make up
05:56 for missing time or added time,
05:57 I can never remember which way it goes
05:58 and that's why in a year that end
06:00 in a double zero you skip your leap year,
06:02 are you with me? Yeah, sure.
06:05 A year is the time that it takes
06:07 the earth to go around the sun, right,
06:09 are with me on that? That's how we got
06:11 our year. Now how long is a month?
06:14 A month is the time that it takes the moon
06:16 to go around the earth. Literally,
06:18 the old word was moon but Moonth
06:19 is not easy say and so we say month.
06:22 It is the time roughly 28 days let's say,
06:25 that it takes the moon to go
06:26 around the earth. We measure that
06:28 time based on stuff that we see
06:30 out there in the space. Now here is a very
06:33 interesting thing, just a side note,
06:34 if the moon were not the density
06:36 and size that it were and if it were not
06:38 out of 240,000 miles from the surface
06:41 of the earth, if it weren't that
06:43 place with that measurement
06:44 and that density, it wouldn't do a very
06:46 good job of holding our earth's tilt stable
06:49 and our earth's tilt is responsible
06:51 for the seasons while when we go
06:52 around the sun, we get spring and summer.
06:54 Very interesting to me the God promises
06:57 Noah in the book of Genesis that seasons
06:58 will always be stable and always be there,
07:00 and one of the things God uses to hold
07:02 the earth in that tilt and keep it's stable
07:04 is the moon at 240,000 miles out,
07:07 very interesting point but not
07:08 my point at all. A month is a time
07:11 that it takes the moon to around
07:13 the earth, you see it. We measure stuff
07:15 based on the patterns that we see.
07:17 How long is a day? How long is a day?
07:21 A day is the time that it takes
07:22 the earth to do what? Rotate on it's axis
07:25 all the way around. We say 24 hours.
07:27 It's not quite 24 hours again,
07:28 that's why we need leap years and so on
07:30 to find tune the calendar.
07:32 We have a year, we have a month.
07:33 We have a day. They are all based
07:36 on stuff we see in the heavens.
07:37 Now here is a good question for you.
07:39 Where in the world do we get a week?
07:42 Where does the week come from?
07:44 It's not based on anything in the heaven.
07:46 Some people say well, it's roughly one
07:47 quarter of the moon cycle. But why?
07:49 I mean why would we divide the moon
07:50 cycle into four? What is there in
07:52 outer space that we have observed
07:54 that is one week long. There is absolutely
07:58 nothing. It does not exist.
07:59 If you want to know why we have a week,
08:01 you got to go to the book
08:02 of Genesis chapter 2, where it says
08:04 that God created the earth in six days
08:06 and rested on the seventh day.
08:08 Now all of a sudden you have a week
08:10 and the Bible is the only place that you get
08:12 an intelligent answer for why we
08:13 have a week in our calendar.
08:15 Are you thinking about this?
08:17 Are you with me? Okay! Good.
08:19 Now, let's go back to our reason for
08:21 God's existence and think about this.
08:23 Aquinas said Morality tells us God is there.
08:27 He also said Design tells us that God is
08:30 there and those things are related because
08:32 those two concepts appear one of the most
08:35 important pivotal chapters in the
08:37 entire Bible. Those two concepts
08:39 appear in the very same verse,
08:41 right in the very middle of the Ten
08:43 Commandment in Exodus chapter 20.
08:45 The Bible says, " For in six days
08:47 the Lord made heaven and earth,
08:48 the sea, and all that in them is,
08:49 and rested the seventh day:
08:50 wherefore the Lord blessed
08:51 the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."
08:53 Six days, seven days there is the Design,
08:56 it says, God made give us the reason
08:58 for the week, tells us God Designed it
09:00 and where is it found, right in the middle
09:01 of God's moral law. There it is Morality
09:04 and Design, hung in one of the most
09:07 prominent places of Bible. God is saying,
09:08 listen if you want to find me,
09:10 it's not that hard I am going to hang
09:11 the notice in the post office and in the
09:13 Town Square you can come and find me
09:16 anytime, anywhere. Aquinas worked on
09:18 this problem forever it's always
09:20 been in the Bible. God said I am not
09:21 that hard to find. Are you following me?
09:23 Yeah! Alright! If you want to
09:26 somebody notice something,
09:27 put it in a prominent place and what's
09:29 really interesting when God says that
09:30 He starts with the word remember.
09:33 You notice that? It's kind like God knew
09:34 everybody would forget that He
09:36 created the heavens on the earth
09:37 and the sea, and all that in them is.
09:39 God starts it with the word, remember,
09:41 okay, Nigh Number 2, we are still reviewing,
09:43 everybody still with me?
09:45 Yeah. Are you with me?
09:46 I can see you there. I know okay,
09:48 how we became human? We looked at this idea.
09:50 Where does the human race come
09:51 from and we found out that as far as
09:53 we can tell based on the evidence
09:55 when we've always been human.
09:56 We really don't have any evidence.
09:58 We've ever been anything but human.
10:00 Then on nigh number 3, we look at the fossil
10:03 record and we look, hey, listen, are there
10:04 any transition in a live form so millions
10:06 of lizard and millions of birds,
10:08 is there anything in between the lizard
10:09 and the bird? Well not really.
10:11 There is just not that much there.
10:13 So, we've got to ask the question with all of
10:16 the serious questions about Evolution,
10:18 with all of the debate going on in the media
10:20 and in the court house and in the school,
10:22 we've got to ask some questions.
10:24 And one of the questions I want you
10:25 to think about tonight is why do
10:28 people just get so uptight when we
10:31 start to ask on these questions about this.
10:34 Why do people get their back up about it?
10:36 You know not only do they get their
10:37 back up about it, but sometimes it get
10:39 a little bit on the nasty side about it.
10:42 Let me refer back to the article
10:44 in Reader's Digest. It's not that
10:45 nasty but there is an undertone that I
10:47 want you to notice. In this article,
10:49 "Was Darwin Wrong" National
10:51 Geographic said, "Why are there so
10:53 many antiEvolutionists? Then they start
10:55 looking for reasons. They have noticed
10:57 that most people do not buy that
10:59 life comes into being by itself.
11:01 As a matter fact, 87 percent of the
11:02 American public refuses to believe it.
11:05 And so National Geographic is asking
11:07 the question why, why so many anti,
11:08 they said, Scriptural literalism can only be
11:11 part of the answer. They said can't it just
11:12 be the Bible. Why don't people
11:13 accept this? Creationist proselytizers
11:17 and political activists, working hard to
11:18 interfere with the teaching of Evolutionary
11:21 biology in public schools, are another part.
11:23 They said okay some people
11:24 believe the Bible, some people are
11:26 busy messing around in the educational
11:28 system but that still does not
11:29 explain it all. Why don't people
11:31 buy this idea that we just came into
11:33 being by accident. Now listen carefully.
11:35 Honest, confusion, and ignorance
11:38 among millions of adult Americans
11:40 must still be another. Many people have
11:43 never taken a biology course in which
11:46 the theory was lucidly explained.
11:50 Now let me pause for a moment.
11:52 That's not nasty language it's kind of
11:54 nice language, but it's kind of
11:56 inferring something nasty.
11:58 It's saying if I don't believe this theory,
12:02 the only explanation could possibly be
12:04 that I am an uneducated simpleton
12:07 who just doesn't get it. Are you following me?
12:10 That's what I read every word.
12:11 National Geographic is nice about it,
12:13 but I have read a dozen of books
12:14 in the last few months, they weren't nice
12:16 about it all and just said you are simpleton
12:18 and an idiot if you don't get this.
12:21 Here is my question about that.
12:23 They've had a 150 years to help
12:26 me understand. They've been working
12:28 on this theory for a 150 years and 87
12:31 percent of the public still does not buy it.
12:34 If 87 percent of the public doesn't buy it
12:36 and they have been working on it for
12:37 150 years and it still just does not
12:39 resonate with us, where is the problem,
12:42 could it be that they just still haven't come
12:45 up with a good reason to believe it.
12:47 I don't believe 87 percent of the public
12:49 is that stupid, if it hasn't been
12:52 lucidly explained then somebody better
12:54 come up with a better explanation,
12:56 does that make sense to you?
12:57 Alright! People say, hey so what?
12:59 What's the big deal? It's just charts of
13:01 monkeys and eventually you get out of high
13:03 school and you get out of college
13:04 and you get on with your life.
13:06 It's just a bunch of charts and fossils
13:07 and it doesn't really make a difference,
13:10 no big deal, right. Well! Not quite.
13:14 There is an awful lot at stake.
13:18 Let me show you a little bit of really good
13:19 advice that Jesus gave us.
13:21 Jesus of Nazareth said this, oh,
13:23 about 2000 years ago, he said,
13:26 "Therefore by their fruits
13:28 you will know them." That's fantastic advice.
13:30 He said, if you want to really judge
13:32 what people are saying, look at the out come
13:34 of what they are teaching.
13:36 That will tell you whether or not
13:37 it's valid. Now, I've read a lot of
13:40 secular atheists and Evolutionists.
13:42 So I've just forced myself to read it to
13:44 see if they have a point and one thing
13:46 that they consistently say over and over
13:48 again is look, Christians obviously
13:50 are wrong because they've made
13:51 horrendous mistakes in the past and
13:53 done horrible thing and then inevitably
13:56 they point to stuff like the Spanish
13:58 Inquisition where you know 50 million
14:00 people were killed over a certain period
14:02 of time and they look at some of the
14:03 atrocities committed in Christian nations.
14:07 But what they don't seem to point out
14:08 that those mistakes that Christians made,
14:10 and we have made some. Haven't we in history?
14:12 Let's just own it. We made mistakes,
14:14 didn't we? Yes! If somebody don't want
14:16 you've made mistakes too. The Bible says, "all have
14:18 sinned and come short Glory of God".
14:20 We have done wrong things but when
14:22 we did those sins we did them as we
14:25 ignored the principles of the Bible.
14:28 Are you following me? We did them despite,
14:31 in spite of I know a grammarian is going
14:33 to come after me for the word despite,
14:34 in spite of what this book says,
14:37 we murdered people in the Dark Ages
14:40 in spite of what this book says.
14:41 We did it against the teaching
14:43 of Jesus Christ. Are you following me?
14:46 Good. Let's turn the table a moment
14:48 and look at the other side of the equation.
14:51 Let's ask some, I mean I think turn
14:52 about is fair play. Let's look at the fruits
14:55 of Darwinism and Atheism. Let's just take a look
14:58 at it tonight and see what has happened,
15:00 what happens when we finally reject
15:03 God and take Him out of the picture.
15:05 What does that do to the way we think?
15:08 What happens when we finally decide we
15:10 are nothing but an accident?
15:12 What's the fruit of that? Well, in the mid
15:14 19th century, in the 1800s, there
15:16 is this guy by the name of Ernst Haeckel.
15:19 Ernst Haeckel loved the Theory
15:20 of Evolution because he was looking
15:22 for something that would put all of
15:23 his favorite academic disciplines together
15:25 under one roof. He love theology
15:27 and religion and philosophy and science
15:29 and he wanted to put them all under one roof.
15:32 And as he looked around, he thought you know
15:33 what Charles Darwin might just do
15:35 that for me. I want to become
15:37 a Darwinist and he started to study of
15:39 Evolution and come up with some
15:40 ideas and develop some ideas
15:42 that were actually already there.
15:44 And one of the ideas that he came up
15:45 with is he said, listen when you
15:47 look inside the womb as a baby
15:50 is developing you actually can see
15:52 all the stages of Evolution happening
15:54 all over again. A fetus starts as a
15:57 single cell then becomes multi-cell
15:59 and then become a simple life form
16:00 and eventually becomes a human being.
16:02 It's Evolution all over again.
16:05 He kind a said, single cell then 8 cells,
16:07 the Blastocyst, I think they call that
16:09 it's kind of like a sponge and then you
16:11 look more like a fish, and then a lizard and
16:13 then a monkey and finally you lose the
16:15 little tail and out you come a human being.
16:17 Evolution over again it's kind a like that.
16:20 I know the Biologists are to be horrified
16:21 at the way that I explained it but that's
16:23 the essence of what he said and he proved it.
16:26 You know how he proved it,
16:27 with the elaborate drawings of fetuses.
16:30 Here we go, the fetuses, this is
16:32 actually what Haeckel drew.
16:34 Here on this side we have a fish
16:36 and then we have a salamander
16:37 and then a tortoise and then after
16:40 that we have a chicken and a pig
16:42 and a calf and a rabbit and finally
16:43 over here a human being and he said
16:45 look at this, in the different stages
16:47 on embryonic development they look
16:49 an awful lot alike. Wow! It is very,
16:54 very convincing. They do look an
16:57 awful lot a like. All these animals
16:58 and the human being, there is an awful
17:00 lot of similarity. He said see this
17:02 because we all start in the same place
17:04 and then we evolve to different points.
17:06 It's a great theory except for a
17:08 couple of little problems.
17:09 One of them is he does not show
17:10 you the earlier stage of development
17:12 where all these things look quite different.
17:14 When they actually start out they don't
17:16 look this much alike, and if he is right
17:18 we should look more alike the earlier we go.
17:20 Are you following me? Here is the second
17:22 problem with these drawings.
17:24 He faked them. He made them up.
17:26 When the data didn't fit he just drew
17:28 something that looked right.
17:30 This is not what these embryos
17:31 actually look like, but he wanted it
17:33 work so bad that he faked it.
17:34 In fact history tells us the university
17:37 he worked at disciplined him because
17:39 he made it up. It was an absolute
17:41 fraud and a fake. It wasn't good science.
17:43 It was just good cartoons.
17:45 That is all it was. The bottom line he
17:48 made it up because he wanted it to be
17:50 so desperately true. The problem is that
17:53 it is still occasionally appears in the high
17:54 school text books today. Sometimes they say
17:57 it's been proven false and sometimes
17:59 they don't. Back in 1969, Walter Bock in Science
18:02 magazine; the biogenetic law,
18:04 that's the name of his theory,
18:05 has become so deeply rooted in biological
18:08 thought that it cannot be weeded
18:09 out in spite of it's having been
18:11 demonstrated to be wrong by numerous
18:13 subsequent scholars." It was absolutely
18:16 made up and some kids are still being
18:18 taught it as truth. He faked it.
18:22 That's not specific case, so what big deal.
18:24 I mean he faked it and there are some
18:26 similarities between the fetuses and in
18:28 the end nobody gets hurt. You still get out of
18:30 high school, you still go through college,
18:31 you still go to your job, you go on with life
18:33 so he faked it. So what? Well,
18:36 what they don't show you are Haeckel's
18:38 other charts. He had other charts
18:41 that he made and those of the one that
18:43 have really impacted human civilization.
18:46 Charts like this one that he drew,
18:49 you never find this one in the high
18:50 school text book. Here he breaks down
18:52 the human race into it's different races
18:54 and said this race comes from this
18:56 monkey and this race comes that monkey
18:58 and this race comes from this monkey
18:59 and therefore some races are more
19:01 advanced than others, some races are more
19:03 Evolutionarily advance. That's what else
19:06 Haeckel taught. Amazing! He taught
19:09 systematic racism based on the Evolutionary
19:13 theory and in the nineteenth century
19:16 that caught on like wild fire you starting
19:18 sense the problem here, you starting to see
19:21 where this is going. Guess who took
19:23 advantage of this. Have you ever
19:25 wondered how it is that an SS Guard working
19:27 at Auschwitz was able to slaughter
19:29 people systematically all day long and
19:31 they go home and hug his children
19:32 and be a really good father?
19:34 Have you ever wondered? It's because they were
19:36 reading Haeckel, they had read this
19:38 stuff and they had started to believe that
19:40 the racists were different species of
19:41 animals and only they were human
19:43 and another races were not.
19:44 So when they were in the slaughterhouse
19:46 at Auschwitz's all day, they were killing people
19:47 and they are thinking those who are
19:49 animals and I can go home and hug my
19:50 kids because those are human beings.
19:52 They got it from Ernst Haeckel.
19:54 There is a direct chain from Ernst Haeckel all
19:57 the way to the death camps of Auschwitz.
19:59 Are you starting to see the problem
20:01 with this kind of thinking?
20:02 Are you still with me tonight?
20:04 Amen! Yes. Jesus said you will
20:06 know them by their fruits.
20:08 I have no question about it.
20:10 Christians have done wrong things.
20:11 I own up to it. I've done wrong things,
20:13 but when I do wrong things I am ignoring
20:16 the teachings of Jesus Christ that's
20:18 how that works. If I steal your car
20:19 I have to ignore Jesus command love your
20:22 neighbor and I have to ignore Thou
20:24 shalt not steal to do it. I have to do it in
20:26 contradiction to what my believe
20:28 system teaches. But the Evolutionists
20:31 started slaughtering people,
20:32 not all of them. Most of them were
20:33 nice people. I don't want just
20:35 generalize but when they started to
20:37 slaughter people at Auschwitz they did
20:39 as a direct fruit of what they believed.
20:41 It actually led to that. That is the impact that
20:45 it is head on the human race that's
20:46 the problem, Evolution dehumanizes all of us.
20:51 It takes us down a notch. It makes us lesser human
20:53 and it leaves us without some answers
20:56 to some very big questions.
20:58 Darwin still doesn't answer for me who am I,
21:01 why am I here, why am I waking up
21:03 2:30 in the morning bothered by the fact
21:05 that half of my life is gone and I got
21:07 to figure out how to spend the next
21:08 step of my life. What does Darwin
21:11 fails to explain it? He takes me down
21:13 a notch and makes me nothing but of animal.
21:16 We've got out of the picture.
21:18 You've got people left feeling hopeless
21:20 and desponded and that's why our
21:22 world is shaping up the way it is
21:24 in the last 150 years. People were giving
21:26 up on life because they just don't see
21:28 the point once God has been removed
21:29 from the picture. Let me show you
21:31 something absolutely amazing.
21:33 This is a picture that was taken some
21:35 years ago and it's a little bit fuzzy
21:37 so let me explain it. When the Voyager
21:39 space probe launched out in the 1970s,
21:42 went out in the space, it traveled past all
21:45 the planets took some amazing pictures
21:47 of the planets, you remember some
21:48 of those things came back from voyager,
21:50 on it's way out of the solar system
21:52 it kind a turns. And there is an
21:53 amazing film called the Privilege Planet.
21:55 Everybody should see. I posted at the website.
21:57 It turns around and it takes a picture of
21:59 our solar system in about 1990.
22:02 I think this is, I believe like 15
22:04 billion miles out in the space.
22:06 Turns around and takes the picture
22:07 and in that picture is this little
22:09 pale blue dot. This photo is known
22:11 as the Blue Dot. If you can't see
22:12 the dot I will just bring an arrow in there
22:14 and that's the dot right there,
22:16 that's planet earth, not very big, is it?
22:21 I mean in the grand scheme of things.
22:23 Now Carl Sagan, the Evolutionist,
22:24 look at this photo and he says,
22:26 that proves we are not important.
22:28 That proves we are nothing.
22:29 We are just as little pale blue dot
22:30 in space. He said, "Because of the
22:33 reflection of sunlight, the earth seems to be
22:35 sitting in a beam of light,
22:36 as if there were some special significance
22:38 to this small world. But, it's just an
22:40 accident of geometry and optics.
22:42 Look again at that dot he says, that's here.
22:45 That's home. That's us, our posturing,
22:46 our imagined self importance, the
22:48 delusion that we have some privileged
22:50 position in the universe, are challenged by
22:53 this point of pale light. Our planet is a
22:56 lonely speck in the great enveloping
22:59 cosmic dark." And that's what
23:02 millions people are starting to believe.
23:04 Life doesn't mean anything.
23:09 It's meaningless. That's what he is saying.
23:11 I just don't believe that.
23:14 Did you know why, because meaning
23:16 actually helps you survive somebody
23:19 intended us to have meaning in our lives.
23:21 Viktor Frankl was a prisoner in the Nazi
23:23 death camps and one day he was asked
23:26 to do something very special in that camp.
23:28 A prisoner had stolen some potatoes
23:31 and so everybody was being punished
23:32 because they wouldn't give up the prisoner.
23:34 Nobody would say who has stolen
23:36 the potatoes. He said fine, food for nobody,
23:38 2500 prisoner go hungry until we know
23:41 who stole the potatoes. And moral that prison
23:43 started to drop to the point where people
23:45 were taking their own lives or just dying
23:46 of despondency. They are hungry.
23:48 They are neglected and they are dying
23:50 and the moral drops so low it became dangerous
23:54 enough that the senior block warden came
23:55 to Viktor Frankl, he said, I want you
23:57 to do something to cheer these people up.
24:00 Viktor Frankl says, Shere's what he
24:01 told people, "I told my comrades
24:03 that human life, under any circumstances,
24:05 never ceases to have meaning".
24:08 And he explained to them that your
24:09 life has meaning. You know what
24:10 happened. It turned around
24:11 people stop dying of despondency.
24:13 You don't just live on bread,
24:14 you don't just live on water,
24:16 you live on the idea that your life
24:18 means something and somebody put
24:20 you here for a reason and Darwin fails
24:24 to explain what that reason is.
24:26 Every life has dignity. Let me show you
24:28 something amazing, Darwin can't explain this.
24:30 This is my iPod. I mean he couldn't
24:33 explain it because he lives so long ago
24:34 and he wouldn't get it, but even if he had a
24:37 little time to study it, history doesn't
24:38 explain this iPod. I mean how
24:40 does this work? Well, it's quite simple,
24:42 sound waves are translated,
24:44 analog sound waves turn into
24:45 digital information, stored on a little hard
24:47 drive and then I put my head set in ear
24:48 and it turns back into music and I
24:50 can listen to it. I can kind a
24:52 figure out the signs of how this works.
24:54 But that's not why I like my iPod.
24:56 I really don't care how it works.
24:59 You know what I like about it,
25:00 I can sit on my sofa and I and I can
25:02 listen to Rachmaninoff. And as I listen to
25:05 Rachmaninoff it moves me to my core
25:07 and Darwin can't explain why
25:09 Rachmaninoff moves me to my core.
25:11 He can't explain that it all.
25:12 How did that work? How do we come up
25:14 with music? Did a bunch of
25:16 apes living in the jungles suddenly
25:17 listen to some tones and say
25:19 you know what that gives us a distinct
25:21 advantage for survival. So why don't we collect
25:23 tones and notes and then sit around
25:25 and listen to them. Darwin cannot explain
25:27 why music moves me. It does not explain why
25:31 it gives me pleasure. I mean what purpose
25:33 would music actually serve to a bunch of ape
25:36 man living in a cave? It doesn't serve a bit.
25:38 It doesn't explain a lot of things.
25:39 Darwin doesn't explain the sunset.
25:41 I mean we can figure out why the sky
25:43 turns red at night when the sun goes down.
25:45 They have scientific explanation for that.
25:47 You can boil it down to numbers.
25:48 You can explain it with science without a
25:50 problem but Darwin could never explain
25:52 why I will get in my car and drive 40 miles
25:54 to go and see that. He can't explain
25:57 why I find it hard to express myself in
25:59 words when I am watching that.
26:01 He can't explain to me as I am watching
26:02 that sunset, why sometimes a
26:05 tear comes to eye and I just can't find
26:07 the words to describe what I am seeing.
26:10 There is no Evolutionary advantage
26:11 to enjoying a sunset. I mean they've tried,
26:14 they've tried to explain it.
26:15 You know they will say something like
26:16 we are monkeys recognized red as
26:18 the color of a mango and so they are
26:20 really excited when they see red in there,
26:22 they hang around. No, that's how they
26:24 tried to explain this stuff,
26:25 but I am telling you what,
26:26 when I am watching that sunset with my
26:27 wife on the beach I am not feeling
26:29 hungry at all. I am feeling romantic
26:31 that's what I am feeling. Darwin cannot explain
26:36 why I am here and why my life
26:37 has meaning. He can't explain it at all.
26:40 There is so much he can't answer.
26:42 Think about your brain. I mean here is a
26:44 little computer. We can design
26:46 computer that can think and crunch numbers
26:47 and do amazing things but my brain
26:50 is more advance than that,
26:51 that's not even the amazing part.
26:53 This little computer will never think
26:54 about itself. I think about myself,
26:57 I mean not in a egotistical way,
26:59 but we think about ourselves all the time.
27:01 This computer upstairs in your head
27:03 contemplates it's own existence.
27:05 Figure that one out Darwin.
27:07 Explain that one, how do a bunch of
27:09 monkey sit around wondering about the
27:10 purpose of their lives in contemplate
27:12 their own existence. The theory doesn't
27:14 actually explain life the way it is.
27:17 One of our problem is we've been
27:18 treating God like an engineer.
27:20 We say God as an engineer, a machinist.
27:22 He just makes the machine,
27:23 puts together and that's all there is to God.
27:25 Science when they approach God,
27:27 approaching with numbers and facts
27:29 but that is not all God is.
27:31 I mean He is those things,
27:32 He is a physicist and a chemist
27:34 and a biologist. I mean He invented
27:36 those things, He is the best
27:37 physicist and the best biologist and the best
27:40 chemist but that is not all God is.
27:42 He is also a musician and He is an artist
27:45 and He is a poet and He is a songwriter
27:48 and He is a daddy and He loves to play
27:51 with his children. God is more than
27:53 just numbers. God speaks to us
27:56 through a number of ways,
27:57 not just through the science but through
27:58 the sunset and through the music
28:00 and through my family and the Bible
28:02 says God likes to make stuff
28:04 and at the end of the day He stands back
28:05 and He smiles and He loves to play
28:08 with his children. I think God's favorite
28:10 game is hide and go seek that's what
28:11 I think it is. It's my favorite
28:13 game with my kids, I love to go hide,
28:15 kids you come find me and they will
28:17 come find me giggling and they will
28:18 go hide and they are not even
28:19 good at it. I can hear them
28:20 giggling all the way down the hallway.
28:23 But you see what the fun is
28:24 in hide and go seek, it's not hiding,
28:27 the fun is being found. God is not just
28:30 a machinist, God is your Father
28:34 and He likes being found. God says,
28:36 hey come find me. Romans 1
28:37 and verse 20, He says, it's not going to be
28:39 hard take a look around everything
28:40 will tell you that I am here,
28:42 you will find me and the evidence
28:44 just gives rolling in. Do you remember the
28:45 circum-stellar Habitable Zone at one
28:48 place the planet you remember that.
28:49 That's only a tip of iceberg.
28:51 Oh, I wish we had years to talk
28:52 about this. You know it's not
28:54 just the distance we are from the sun.
28:56 It's actually the size of the sun itself.
28:58 It's a G2 Star. The G2 Star,
29:02 it's a dwarf star actually.
29:03 If our sun were any smaller,
29:05 in order for us to survive the earth
29:07 would actually have to move closer.
29:08 But if they move closure it would
29:10 stop spinning. It would lock in a
29:11 Geosynchronous Orbit. And then one side
29:14 of the planet would bake and the other
29:15 side of the planet would fry,
29:16 or you know the other way around,
29:17 freeze and fry. Are you with me?
29:19 Did I make sense? Did I redeem it?
29:21 Alright! Half of that would freeze and half,
29:24 I mean it's in the perfect place,
29:26 but there is more to with the net,
29:27 it's not just the science you see,
29:29 surface of the planet, a 75 percent water
29:31 regulates temperature in soil.
29:32 I mean you know the science is perfect,
29:35 life can only survive in this places for
29:37 as we can tell but there is more than that
29:39 it's not just the science.
29:41 God is playing hide and go seek.
29:43 Have you ever noticed that the atmosphere
29:45 of our planet is clear? I mean some people
29:48 say oh, come on Shawn,
29:49 that is so obvious, the atmosphere.
29:50 Yeah, take a look an outer space.
29:52 The planets don't have clear atmospheres.
29:54 We can't see what's going on down
29:55 on the surface of Venus. You know our
29:57 atmosphere is clear. It's clear enough
29:58 for me to see you and for you to see me.
30:01 It's an interesting thing.
30:02 Not every planet as we look out there,
30:03 lot of them have lot gas and dust on it.
30:05 Is it possible somebody wants me
30:07 to be looking at things? The human eye!
30:09 Every cell starts the same when it starts
30:11 out in the womb, but eventually
30:13 some of those become perfectly clear.
30:15 Why? How did that happen?
30:17 Who organized that? Who sent to there?
30:18 And why can I see stuff? Why?
30:22 What sense does that make?
30:23 You realize that we are in the perfect
30:24 place for solar eclipse. If our moon were any
30:27 different size or we were different
30:29 distance from the sun we couldn't
30:30 have perfect solar eclipses,
30:31 and as far as they can tell,
30:32 you got to see this film, the Privilege Planet.
30:35 As far as we can tell we can't find any other
30:37 place that they have perfect solar eclipses.
30:39 Now why is that amazing? Because when a perfect
30:42 solar eclipse happens it's for the first time
30:44 we have been able to see the edge of the
30:45 sun and see what's going on that star.
30:47 It's like somebody saying look at all
30:49 the stuff I made. Would you like to take
30:50 a closure look at it? Without a perfect
30:53 solar eclipse we would have never discover
30:54 that and this is the one place so
30:55 that it can happen. That's astounding to me. Psalm
30:58 8 Verse 3, "When I consider your heavens,
31:00 the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
31:02 which you have ordained, What is man that you
31:03 are mindful of him, and the son of
31:05 man that you visit him? For you have made him
31:07 a little lower than the angels,
31:08 and you have crowned him with
31:09 glory and honor". The whole things were
31:11 supposed to look out in the spaces wow,
31:13 who made this and what is your
31:15 relationship to me? Somebody is playing
31:18 hide and seek and they are asking us to look.
31:21 We live in a galaxy. We live in the Milky
31:24 Way galaxy, big spiral galaxy,
31:27 here's what interesting. We not only live in the
31:29 circumstellar habitable zone,
31:31 the perfect place around our sun,
31:33 we also happen to have a planet in the perfect
31:35 place in the galaxy. If we were any
31:37 closure to this center, we would probably
31:39 get sucked into a great big black hole,
31:43 sucked in and gone. Now if we lived in
31:46 the closure of the center we would also
31:47 come up against really big stars of the lot of
31:49 radiation that would wipe us out. Our
31:52 planet could not exist in the very
31:54 center of that galaxy and support life
31:56 as we know it. Not only that,
31:58 we can't exist out one of these wings very
32:00 well either because out of these wings
32:02 we are prone to supernova,
32:03 these big explosions and were also prone
32:05 to a lot of dust and stuff.
32:07 So we happened to be just off to the
32:09 side of one of these wings best we can tell,
32:11 the perfect place for life. But not only that if we
32:15 were anywhere else in the galaxy we
32:16 couldn't see the galaxy, are you following me?
32:20 We couldn't see the center,
32:21 we couldn't see the wings,
32:22 we couldn't tell which is the Milky Way
32:23 and which is the other galaxies are?
32:24 There is too much dust in the way,
32:26 too much light pollution, so here we are poised
32:28 here where we cannot only see our
32:29 galaxy but we can see the estimated
32:31 100 billion other galaxies are out there
32:33 and nowhere else we be able to see it.
32:37 Is that an accident? Or is somebody
32:39 saying come and find me. There is just too many
32:43 coincidences for me to believe that this is
32:46 all an accident. Darwin said hey,
32:48 we just kind a came out of thin air,
32:51 just happened accidental, even though we don't
32:54 have a stitch of evidence for it.
32:57 Darwin said, we came out of thin air.
32:58 You know what I think what came
32:59 out of Thin Air, the theory of Evolution.
33:01 That's where came out of Thin Air.
33:04 Darwin and other have clunk to their
33:06 scanty evidence, trying to remove God
33:08 from the picture and that's really what's
33:10 been going on the whole time.
33:12 There are not mountains of evidence.
33:13 Ask that question, when somebody says
33:14 we have mountains and mountains of
33:16 evidence just ask to see it,
33:18 just ask to see the mountains and mountains
33:19 of evidence that we've been accumulating.
33:21 They will pull a few things out,
33:22 but there aren't mountains and mountains,
33:23 the mountains of evidence aren't
33:25 on Darwin said. But mountains
33:26 of evidence are on God side and he is
33:29 speaking very clearly. The more we learn,
33:32 the more we realize, accidental life is not
33:35 improbable. It's impossible.
33:40 There's just too many questions before
33:41 I buy the theory of Evolution I want
33:43 my questions answered. How do birds learn
33:45 to fly before they had two wings?
33:47 I mean how does that beetle that sprays
33:50 that toxic chemical, you heard
33:51 about that one, it has two chemical
33:53 and two different chambers and it mixes
33:55 them and sprays it's enemies,
33:57 how many times did he get a wrong
33:58 on the way of the Evolutionary chain
34:00 and spray itself. If I really came from
34:04 a primate where are the other primates
34:06 building villages and driving lexuses.
34:08 Why is it that it's only us?
34:11 Why only human beings that have
34:12 advanced this far? Why has everything
34:14 else so far behind? Is it possible it's
34:16 because I really was made in the
34:18 image of God. Why is that we have millions,
34:19 billions maybe fossils and we don't really
34:21 have any transitional life forms.
34:23 Why, why is it? I don't have the answers.
34:25 How did I learn to laugh? How did I learn to love?
34:28 How did I learn to cry?
34:30 How did I learn to hug my kids?
34:32 Darwin doesn't explain it,
34:33 but God does and the weight
34:35 of the evidence is in. I know beyond
34:38 the shadow of a doubt, I didn't happen by
34:40 accident and every fiber in my being says
34:43 that isn't true, somebody out there
34:47 is asking me to look and it's not hard to find.
34:53 Just in had a crush on Adriana,
34:57 pretty girl. They went out a
34:58 couple of times and there just wasn't
35:00 any chemistry, didn't work out.
35:02 So they broke off the relationship
35:04 and Justin was a little down in the dumps
35:06 until his buddy Ruben says, you know,
35:08 there is this girl over my college you
35:10 might be interested in. Okay,
35:11 he said beached a day. Took him over the
35:13 college and when he walked into the room
35:15 and met Tammy. He could not
35:16 believe he said, man, you look just like
35:20 my last girlfriend. Not a great way
35:23 to start the day. You look just like my
35:26 last girl friend and he started asking
35:29 her some questions on the date.
35:30 He said, Wow! You are born in Mexico
35:33 so was my last girlfriend.
35:35 Oh, wait a minute you are adopted you know
35:37 what that's interesting so was my
35:39 last girlfriend. Your birthday is
35:42 what day that's the exact birthday of my
35:44 last girlfriend had, and eventually
35:46 the evidence started to pile up.
35:48 There is a principle in science called Occam's
35:49 Razor. If something seems obvious,
35:52 the most simple, the most elegant
35:53 answer probably is true and Just in was
35:56 just smart enough to figure out that
35:58 this isn't just a coincidence and so
36:00 they dug into it and that's when they
36:02 found out. Adriana's mom
36:04 had adopted her in Mexico but the mom
36:07 had decided to keep the twin sister
36:09 and adopted her out later and it's so
36:11 happens they end up in the same town
36:14 and date the same boy, all accident.
36:18 When the evidence starts pilling up
36:19 you don't have a choice anymore.
36:22 God is not improbable, God is not impossible,
36:27 He is there. He says your life
36:29 means something and He is trying to
36:31 get your attention. The most startling
36:34 proof we have that our lives are not
36:36 meaningless is the fact that this book
36:37 tells the story that God look down on
36:40 this planet and he said, I will become one
36:41 of them and He took on human form
36:44 and He lived here. He gave us life
36:46 for the human race and the Bible says in
36:49 the book of Revelation in the very end,
36:51 He sets up His headquarters right
36:54 here on planet earth. It's this just a pale
36:57 blue dot. God knows you are here
37:01 and your life has meaning.
37:02 Do I come out of thin air only because
37:06 my heavenly Father spoke me into existence
37:12 and now it's time to look
37:15 at lesson number four.
37:29 It's now time to take out lesson number four,
37:32 "Out of Thin Air." And before we jump
37:34 right into this lesson I just want to
37:36 tell you a story. As I heard pastor
37:38 Boonstra gave the presentation for tonight,
37:41 it reminded me, you know I was
37:43 the oldest child of a large family and I can
37:45 remember when my, one of my, in fact,
37:48 my youngest brother was born,
37:49 quite a ways down the line.
37:51 Some of the older kids used to tease
37:52 him and say, yeah, you were an accident.
37:56 You know we were the one's planned
37:57 but any of the family eve had that
38:00 kind of thing happened, okay you know what
38:01 I am talking about. I want you to know he
38:03 was not an accident, he is one of my
38:04 favorite people today. But whenever you
38:07 stop and think about the idea that maybe
38:09 human beings were an accident,
38:12 not so I want you to look at our first
38:15 question tonight. In the book of Revelation,
38:17 "John is shown the throne room of God.
38:19 Partway through this vision,
38:21 a statement is made as to why we exist."
38:23 There is a vision of God being given
38:25 to the apostle John and there is a
38:27 statement being made as to why we exist.
38:29 What is the reason given, and why is this important
38:33 for us to know. Revelation 4:9-11;
38:37 Whenever the living creatures give glory
38:38 and honor and thanks to Him who sits
38:41 on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
38:44 the twenty-four elders fall down before
38:46 Him who sits on the throne and worship
38:49 Him who lives orever and ever,
38:51 and cast their crowns before the throne,
38:53 saying: "You are worthy, O Lord,
38:56 to receive glory and honor and power;
38:59 for you created all things,
39:02 and by your will they exist and were
39:05 created." Okay, right in the middle
39:08 of this vision they stop to remind
39:11 that God created us and it was His will
39:16 that they exist and were created.
39:19 So the good news for my little brother
39:21 is that he was willed by God to exist
39:25 and it was not an accident neither
39:26 were any of us. Okay we were willed
39:29 and created by God, praise the Lord,
39:32 okay. Now so you want to write down
39:35 in your answer, God willed that
39:38 we exist. Okay, I put another little
39:42 note in there. We are not
39:44 the product of random selection.
39:51 And probably the most important
39:52 thing about what this verse is
39:53 telling us is that there is meaning
39:57 for our existence. If God will that we
39:59 come unto existence, there is reason
40:02 why He did that and there is a reason
40:04 for our existence, okay. Now in the book
40:07 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrestles
40:09 with the meaning of life and asks some
40:12 of the most probing questions ever
40:14 asked by human beings. Now before I
40:16 jumped to the second part of this,
40:18 Solomon was known as the smartest,
40:22 wisest man who ever lived,
40:23 isn't that true? Okay, he is wrestling with
40:27 the meaning of life. Now he was so smart,
40:31 he should be able to figure out the
40:32 meaning of life, shouldn't he?
40:34 But he asks some of the most probing
40:35 questions ever asked by human beings.
40:38 The opening chapters of this ancient book,
40:41 the book of Ecclesiastes reveals
40:43 some of the places that he turned for answers,
40:46 and surprisingly, they're a lot like
40:48 some of the pursuits of modern people,
40:50 you and I. Where did Solomon
40:52 turn for answers? And what do you
40:55 believe to be the reason people seek
40:57 answers in these places? We're gonna take
40:59 a look at this now on Ecclesiastes 2.
41:01 Solomon is speaking here and he said,
41:03 "I said in my heart, Come now,
41:06 I will test you with mirth;
41:09 therefore enjoy pleasure; but surely,
41:12 this also was vanity. I said of laughter,
41:14 It is madness; and of mirth,
41:16 what does it accomplish? I searched in my heart
41:19 how to gratify my flesh with wine,
41:22 while guiding my heart with wisdom,
41:25 and how to lay hold on folly,
41:26 till I might see what was good for the
41:28 sons of men to do under heaven,
41:30 all the days of their lives I made my
41:32 works great, I built myself houses,
41:35 and planted myself vineyards.
41:38 I made myself gardens and orchards,
41:39 and I planted all kinds of fruit
41:41 trees in them. I made myself
41:44 waterpools from which to water the
41:46 growing tress of the grove and I
41:48 acquired male and female servants,
41:50 and had servants born in my house.
41:53 Yes, I had greater possessions of herds
41:55 and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem
41:58 before me. I also gathered
42:00 for myself silver and gold and the special
42:03 treasures of kings and of the provinces.
42:06 I acquired male and female singers,
42:09 the delights of the sons of men,
42:11 and musical instruments of all kinds".
42:14 Okay! What was it that Solomon was
42:18 wrestling with and looking for here?
42:20 I want you to go through and just
42:21 talk about the categories of things
42:23 of that passage of scripture told us about,
42:26 okay. Number 1, when he talked
42:28 about all of his possessions,
42:32 can write down there what are the places
42:33 he was looking for answers in life,
42:36 is possessions. Now is there anything
42:39 wrong with possessions? We all have to have
42:42 certain possessions, don't we? But when you
42:44 are seeking to fulfill your life through
42:46 possessions He found them to be,
42:49 in fact, what was the word that scripture
42:50 used "Vanity". "Vanity" Okay, secondly
42:54 accomplishment! When you can plan an
42:56 orchid or you can do public works
42:58 so you can build all the water ways
42:59 and you can do all those things,
43:01 you know when you can make them
43:02 beautiful you can have music,
43:04 you can collect that's an accomplishment.
43:06 Is there anything wrong with the
43:08 accomplishment? We like to set goals
43:10 for ourselves and accomplish but if
43:11 you are trying to find all of the answers
43:13 of life and accomplishment,
43:16 you are going to find it also to be a vanity,
43:19 entertainment. He had male
43:22 and female singers. You know he was
43:24 talking about the things, he amused himself
43:25 with mirth. I think he was
43:28 talking about wine in there.
43:31 Are those things that people today
43:33 also are seeking to find meaning in life
43:35 through? Yes. Is there anything wrong
43:38 with the little laughter? No we've had some
43:41 good laughter here in this,
43:43 in this study here tonight and it's good.
43:46 But if you going to try to find the next
43:48 funniest thing to say as a meaning in life,
43:51 it gets pretty thin, very quickly.
43:54 Education! He also talked about educating
43:57 himself and learning about knowledge.
43:58 So the four things that I want you to
44:00 write down- possessions, accomplishment,
44:03 entertainment and education.
44:06 Those are the four areas where he was
44:07 trying to find meaning and there is
44:09 nothing wrong with any of those four.
44:13 The point that he is making is none of
44:15 them bring any lasting satisfaction.
44:19 No satisfaction, okay. Why do you
44:23 things failed to answer the great
44:26 meaning of life. Why is that all
44:29 the things that he tried to find and
44:30 nobody probably could do it more
44:32 effectively or better than he did.
44:34 Why does it come up empty?
44:37 There is one very important concept
44:40 that is buried right in this text and that
44:43 is that all has to do with self.
44:46 You know they say that self on one
44:48 hand were incredibly valuable to God,
44:51 but in scripture you will find that there is
44:52 the other side of that we try to make self,
44:54 the center of our world. And whenever we
44:57 are living for self which is another
44:59 aberration of this whole thing it becomes
45:02 vanity, a vanity as Solomon
45:04 found out. Okay, next question.
45:08 What did Jesus have to say about the
45:09 things we choose to pursue with our
45:11 time on this Earth? I am going to turn to
45:14 Matthew chapter 16 and verse 26,
45:16 "For what is a man profited if he gains
45:20 the whole world, and loses his
45:21 own soul? Or what will a man give
45:24 in exchange for his soul?
45:27 What is Jesus really saying here?
45:29 There are some things that we can do on
45:32 this earth that are completely wrong,
45:36 completely wrong. And we could actually
45:39 waste our entire life by denying the reason
45:42 for the existence that God gave to us
45:45 and miss the point. How many people
45:49 do you know that are just trucking along
45:51 down through life and missing the point
45:54 that God has for their lives. Could it be you?
45:58 Could it be me? I don't want to be there.
46:01 Jesus says, what you profit if
46:03 you gain the whole world, maybe that's the
46:05 reason why Solomon discovered such an
46:07 emptiness as he was wrestling with the big
46:10 questions of life, okay. We can deny the
46:13 reason for our existence if we are trying to
46:15 satisfy it and things other than God
46:18 and find out that we can miss the point.
46:20 What I want you to write down there is
46:21 we have the potential to miss the point, okay.
46:27 Next question number 4. The creation account
46:29 given in Genesis states our original
46:31 role in creation. It also makes a distinct
46:35 differentiation between human beings
46:38 and the rest of the creation.
46:41 What is the difference, and what special role
46:44 were human beings given? When God made the rest
46:47 of creation and they made human beings
46:49 what was the difference? We've covered this but
46:51 I wanna cover one more time in this context,
46:53 Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 to 28, "Then God said,
46:58 "Let us make man in our image,
47:01 according to our likeness.
47:04 Let them have dominion over the
47:05 fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
47:08 and over the cattle, over all the earth
47:10 and over every creeping thing that
47:11 creeps on the earth." So God created
47:14 man in His own image; in the image of God
47:16 He created him; male and female He
47:19 created them. Then God blessed them,
47:22 and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply;
47:25 fill the earth and subdue it;
47:27 have dominion over the fish of the sea,
47:29 over the birds of the air,
47:30 and over every living thing that moves
47:32 on the earth." What is the difference
47:35 in the special role that was given
47:38 to man versus all the rest of the creation?
47:44 We are created in the image of God,
47:46 we are like Him. That's not something
47:50 to be said about any rest of the creation,
47:53 kind of ushering that this idea of the long
47:55 stages of Evolution takes lower life and
47:57 takes to the higher level.
47:59 God makes a very clear delineation
48:01 and a separation, distinction between
48:03 those and one of the prime things that He
48:06 has here in that verse is that He has
48:10 created us to be in a special
48:12 relationship with Him. The difference is
48:15 two fold in your answer. We are created in the
48:17 image of God. We are like Him
48:19 and we were created to enjoy a relationship
48:23 with Him and with the rest of creation.
48:28 Next question! Number 5! What does the Bible
48:31 say about a life that is well spent?
48:35 Now this is a fascinating question you know,
48:37 we talked about the things that
48:38 are not so good. What about a life
48:40 that is very well spent? We're gonna look
48:43 at these four passages of scripture,
48:45 beginning with Micah chapter 6 and verse 8,
48:49 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
48:52 and what does the Lord require of you,
48:55 but to do justly, to love mercy,
48:58 and to walk, how, humbly with your God?
49:03 Okay, I am going to back to this in a minute.
49:05 We're gonna go ahead and read
49:06 the next passage, Ecclesiastes 12
49:08 and verse 13. After Solomon was
49:11 gone through all of this testing of knowledge he
49:14 comes to the conclusion of the whole matter.
49:16 Let us hear the conclusion of the
49:18 whole matter: Fear God and keep His
49:21 commandments, for this is the whole
49:23 duty of man. All of the sudden
49:25 there was something that comes and talks
49:26 about fearing God and this is not talking
49:28 about being terrorized to God.
49:30 This is not talking about being afraid.
49:33 This is taking about honoring, reverencing,
49:37 giving homage, respecting, okay,
49:42 and it also makes reference to keeping
49:44 His commandments. There is something
49:46 about the commandments.
49:47 The commandments are not just the list
49:48 of do's and don'ts, things that we should
49:51 or shouldn't do even though that is one
49:52 element of them. These are a reflection
49:55 of who God is. These commandments
49:57 are given when He says, do not kill,
50:00 isn't that in your best interest?
50:02 That means that God is saying it's not alright
50:04 but somebody else to come along and kill
50:05 you just because they don't like you
50:07 or they want something that you have. Okay,
50:09 we want to continue on Philippians chapter 3
50:12 and verse 20, for our citizenship is in where?
50:16 Heaven! From which we also eagerly wait
50:20 for the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
50:23 And for our citizens of heaven it's kind
50:24 a like a dual citizenship. Okay we are citizens
50:27 of heaven even though we live
50:29 here on his earth. But for citizens
50:31 of heaven now which is what this
50:33 scripture says, then how should
50:35 we be conducting ourselves if we
50:37 are citizens of that place.
50:40 Shouldn't be kind of according to the way
50:41 that God would like to have us live,
50:43 the way He has revealed Himself
50:45 in scripture. Okay, one more texts.
50:48 First John chapter 2 and verse 6,
50:50 He who says he abides in Him ought
50:53 himself also to walk just as He walked.
50:58 Now this is a fascinating scripture.
51:00 We are introduced to the idea of Jesus
51:03 walking somewhere. Now I ask you question,
51:06 how many of you enjoy walking as an exercise,
51:09 anyone, get out and walk, okay.
51:11 Maybe those of you who are not living
51:13 in sunny California don't enjoy
51:15 walking in snow, although when we
51:16 lived back Wisconsin concerned.
51:18 My wife would get out and walk in
51:19 17 below zero. She enjoyed walking so much.
51:22 There is something about walking.
51:23 You go for a walk with the friend
51:24 then you talk, maybe it's your spouse,
51:26 maybe it's your child, maybe it's just
51:28 your neighbor. There is something
51:29 about walking and talking.
51:31 Here we are given the image of Jesus walking,
51:36 and then it's also introduce that if
51:37 we're gonna to be His that we ought
51:39 to walk as He walked. There is something
51:43 about walking in the footsteps of Jesus
51:46 that just gives me a sense of honor,
51:49 of privilege, of all, everyone of us
51:53 has the opportunity to walk and the
51:56 first step of Jesus. Now I want to
51:57 come back and summarize this question
52:00 and the answers that we have.
52:02 What is the Bible say about a life well spent?
52:07 First of all it talks about walking humbly
52:10 with our God. That will be the first
52:12 thing I write down as work humbly
52:14 with our God. Because if we are
52:15 walking humbly that reflects pretty
52:18 nicely on Him, doesn't it? When you
52:20 see someone that has got humility
52:22 about them, doesn't that kind a
52:24 give you good feeling about that person
52:27 versus if you see someone that's got
52:28 arrogance about them. You know people that
52:32 have fooled themselves aren't very much
52:33 fun to be around, are they? But when you
52:35 walk humbly with your God,
52:37 so one of the things a life well spent
52:39 is walking humbly, okay. Also, I put down
52:43 that it's God's desire that we live
52:44 in a relationship with Him.
52:45 He wants a relationship with you.
52:50 The other thing is that there is something
52:51 about the commandments. We read that in Solomon's
52:55 words in Ecclesiastes, fear God and keeps
52:58 His commandments. He wants us to live
53:01 in a certain way, just living is not an
53:04 acceptable thing according to scripture,
53:07 which of course if you throw out God's
53:09 moral law you take away that Morality
53:12 and you have ascended from some formal
53:16 life form then what's the point,
53:19 why would there be any kindness
53:21 to another human being or why would there
53:23 be any respect? God is saying there
53:26 is a certain way that you are to live,
53:29 and His commandments embody that.
53:34 Citizenship in heaven! That's the fourth one.
53:37 Our citizenship is in heaven.
53:40 And if our citizenship is in heaven,
53:41 it ought to reflect in how we live
53:43 on this earth. Finally, the last one that I
53:47 would put down there is the footprints
53:50 of Jesus, walking in the
53:52 footsteps of Jesus. As you gone through
53:57 these individual questions,
53:59 if you've had a desire in you hearts
54:03 that little tug that says you know
54:04 what I am not satisfy with the
54:06 life that I have. I want little bit
54:09 more than what I have been
54:11 experiencing so far. If you would like
54:15 to find that little extra,
54:17 there are people all around you as
54:19 pastor Boonstra stated that earlier
54:20 there are people sitting close to you
54:23 in your group that are interested
54:25 in helping you to walk in the
54:27 footsteps of Jesus. If you are here
54:31 in our audience here there maybe a
54:34 desire on your part to say you know
54:36 I want to walk in the footprints
54:39 of Jesus more than I have in the past.
54:42 And I want to invite you just now,
54:44 if you would like to walk in the
54:46 footprints of Jesus, walk in His footsteps,
54:48 find out what it means to follow Him,
54:51 to learn more about Him. I want to suggest
54:53 two things. Number one it requires
54:55 a commitment on our parts.
54:58 I have to say yes, Lord I want to walk
55:00 in your footsteps, I want to follow you.
55:03 It also talks about listening to His
55:05 voice and how do we do that?
55:08 How is it that they were able to listen
55:10 that if you have the desire the next
55:16 logical thing is to get into His word.
55:20 If you want to hear His voice,
55:21 open the scriptures, open the pages
55:25 that are bound between the covers
55:27 of this book, and in here you will
55:30 find in here the voice of God's speaking to you.
55:35 If your desire to walk in the footprints
55:37 of Jesus and to study about what it means
55:42 to hear His voice and to learn what He
55:44 would have for your life, I want you invite to
55:46 make that commitment right now and say
55:48 Lord I want to follow in your footsteps.
55:51 I want to hear your voice.
55:52 I am going to study more in your Bible.
55:55 I want to hear you clearly speak to
55:57 me personally. I want you to invite to
55:59 make that decision as we pray just now.
56:03 Holy Father in heaven, we pause this now
56:06 as we come to the conclusion of this
56:08 special presentations series
56:10 "Out of Thin Air", and we realize that
56:14 you created all of this You created all of
56:17 the beauty around us. You created
56:20 a wonderful home for each one of us
56:22 and you created each one of us,
56:24 and Lord we pause to acknowledge
56:27 that we are the crowning act of
56:28 your creation, according what you have
56:30 said in your scripture. Now I pray that you
56:33 will cause each one of us to desire
56:35 what's everything you've got to walk in
56:37 your footsteps, recognizing the value
56:41 that you place upon each one of us.
56:44 And as each person within the sound
56:46 of voice just now with heads bowed
56:49 and eyes closed, Lord I pray
56:52 that you would touch each heart and create
56:55 a special desire in them to follow
56:56 you tonight, I pray in Jesus name, amen.