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Rumblings at the Volcano

Bean Creek

I have had a number of inquiries to the Center in the last several days, asking about reports of rumblings at Mount St Helens. A little research shows that there have indeed been a number of earthquakes in the vicinity of Mount St Helens, since the start of 2018. Those earthquakes – one of which reached magnitude 3.9 – are focused on the Bean Creek valley – a tributary of Smith Creek, which, in turn, flows south to join Muddy River, and hence drains into the Lewis River basin. To view a larger version of the map, please click on the small map.

There have, of course, been rumblings before, in recent years. There were a number of tremors in 2016. Magnitude 3.9 is fairly substantial. It is possible for an earthquake that size to cause a little damage, and it could certainly be felt. However, Bean Creek happens to be in a remote area of the Gifford National Forest.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network report that this cluster of tremors is due to local fault lines in and around Bean Creek, and is not associated with magma under Mount St Helens. It follows that these events are not likely to be linked to a possible forthcoming eruption of the volcano.

Nevertheless, it must always be remembered that Mount St Helens is the most active volcano in the contiguous 48 states. There is always a danger of further eruptions. An eruption on the scale of that of 2004 is not unlikely, though we probably do not expect something as violent as the 1980 eruption.

Alien Intrusion Movie

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In the space of the last 12 months, three creation-based movies have been seen as one-off events at movie theaters, distributed by the theater event company, Fathom Events. The first was Is Genesis History – a documentary compiled by Del Tacket, and featuring creation scientists such as Andrew Snelling, Robert Carter, and Danny Faulkner. The there was Genesis: Paradise Lost, which was created by my friends Eric Hovind and Ralph Strean, with a galaxy of creationist stars such as Ken Ham, Charles Jackson, Andrew Fabich, Bodie Hodge, David Menton, Georgia Purdom, and many more.

Now there was Alien Intrusion, which was a bit different. I went to see this at the movie theater on Thursday January 11th 2018. Based on the book by Gary Bates, this movie follows Bates, as he describes his research into the phenomenon of alien visitation and abduction. Most such phenomena can be explained by naturalistic means, but there is a minority of such experiences where there is clearly something real that has happened to the experiencers, that has affected their lives. In most cases, these people want the experiences to stop, and are left depressed and anxious by them. Bates analyzes these more realistic phenomena from a biblical perspective and comes up with an explanation which is at once startling, but, in my opinion, convincing. I think you need to read the book or watch the movie to get the explanation.

The movie included several other experts, as well as some fascinating personal testimonies. There was also some excellent film sequences, to accompany the argument. The topic is difficult for some Christians to accept, but I suggest it is an important topic, and am pleased that the movie worked so well.

Are there any negatives? Just two small negatives. The first is really not the fault of Bates or his ministry (CMI). The other two films that I mentioned were screened at my local theater in Kelso, WA. But the number of theaters being used for Alien was much less, and I had to drive for an hour to the state capital, Olympia. This also led to small audiences. The theater auditorium that I was in had just 12 people in it, compared to a full auditorium for both the other movies. The second is that the movie did not start with a solid biblical presupposition. Indeed, one of the participants early in the movie started by mentioning the “Law of Causality”, but was really quoting the Kalam Cosmological Argument. I have explained in my book, Only Believe, why I believe we should not use the KCA.

These negatives are minor, compared to the importance of the subject. I was glad that I had watched it, and I will definitely be wanting to get hold of the movie for screening in our Creation Center, if I am able.

Genesis: Paradise Lost

Our friends at Creation Today and SevenFold Films have now got a release date for the wonderful 3D film, Genesis: Paradise Lost.

Here at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, we are so excited to be able to endorse this film, and to recommend that you go to see it. On November 13th, at a movie theater near you, you will be able to go and watch it in normal vision, or in 3D.

Just watch the trailer, and you will be as excited as we are!

 

New Creation Center Launch

Did you know that about 3,000 people came through the Mount St Helens Creation Center last year?

Many of these were like Jon. He was having his 11thbirthday in this area. He had learned about Mount St Helens from anaudio series, and wanted all his family to know how the volcano illustrates the truth of God’s word.

Many of them were like Roger, who, though he didn’t believe in the timescale of Genesis, wanted to accompany his nephews and nieces to the area, with his sister and brother-in-law. After walking th eHummocks Trail with us, he was convinced that the Bible’s timescale was true.

What is there to see?

At Mount St Helens, people see for themselves the results of natural catastrophe, and at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, we are here to help them make the connection between this and the worldwide catastrophe of Noah’s Flood. It is only at the Mount St Helens Creation Center, that visitors to this area will get a biblical and scientific view of the events that have shaped this landscape.

Where is it?

Our new Center is in an exciting location, in the heart of downtown Castle Rock—a small city, situated right by the Interstate, at the point where visitors exit to drive to the mountain. We want even more people to be able to see even more exciting, faith-building displays and information, which will point them to the truth of God’s word. That is why we are asking to you to partner with us, to raise $40,000 in 2017. In this first phase of the development of the Center, we will use this $40,000 to go towards things like information displays, and painting and decorating the facilities, as well as carrying out essential repairs. We want thereto be a friendly, attractive, and dynamic environment here, in which the truth of God’s word will be proclaimed. In three phases, we are asking you to help us achieve our goal of $100,000.

Is Genesis History?

Is Genesis History?
Watch this important film.

Whether Genesis is actual history or not is of crucial importance to Christians today. The historicity of Genesis is under attack as never before, particularly in seminaries formerly considered to be conservative evangelical. Pastors are often teaching either that Genesis is to be interpreted, in accordance with deep time views, or that its interpretation does not matter to Christian theology.

It will surprise nobody that the Mount St Helens Creation Center rejects both these compromise positions, and argues strongly for Genesis not to be interpreted at all, but to be read as it appears—as literal historical narrative. So this ministry welcomes a remarkable new film; Is Genesis History? The film is the brainchild of Dr Del Tackett, and is filmed in 4K. Dr Tackett has visited a large number of places associated with deep-time geology, and shown them to be better interpreted within a biblical framework. His film includes interviews with a large variety of scholars and scientists, who hold to biblical principles and opinions.

The film will be seen at its best in a one-night-only screening, in a variety of movie theaters around the country. I will be attending one of these screenings – probably in Olympia, WA. I urge you all to consider getting a ticket for the movie, and watching it. The tickets can be purchased through the Is Genesis History website – isgenesishistory.com. Although I expect the movie will be available in a variety of formats later, the full 4K effect will be best seen in a movie theater.

Please note that, although this ministry supports this movie, we are not part of the production, and will not gain financially from it. However, we would like YOU to gain from it. For that reason, we are offering our book “The Biblical Age of the Earth” for the special event rate of $4 (normally $6.50). In addition, you can have the book sent via free shipping! Simply purchase the book, applying first the coupon code “isgenesishistory” (without the quote marks, and with no spaces), and make sure you select the “free shipping” option that will appear, after the coupon is applied. This special offer, to celebrate the launch of Is Genesis History will end on Friday February 24th 2017.

Stanley and the House of Cards Religion

It is disappointing when a well-known speaker uses a sermon to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Bible. That is what happened recently, when Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Church, preached a series of sermons on what he referred to as apologetics.

Of course, Stanley denies that he is undermining people’s belief in the Bible. His purpose, he says, is to talk to those who have given up on Christianity, and show them that they have thrown out the baby with the bathwater. This is an honorable aim. But, in the view of this writer, he has not achieved it.

In one of his talks he refers to a “Bible tells me so” religion as a sort of “house of cards”. This, says Stanley, is where we believe something simply because the Bible says so. The reason why he says this is problematic is because, he claims, it causes problems for our young people. These young Christians have been told to believe the Bible, but then get to college and find out that the walls of Jericho did not fall down, and that the universe was not made in 6 days, but started 14.7 billion years ago in the Big Bang. Stanley claims that a Christians foundation should be in the truth of the Resurrection, rather than the truth of the Bible.

There is an obvious problem with his statement. Where do we find out about the resurrection? We learn about it from the Gospels, which are in the Bible. We learn about the theological importance of the Resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15 – again, this is in the Bible. So, in order to put our trust in the Resurrection, we have to start by believing the Bible is true.

Stanley, at one point, claimed that early Christians did not accept the teaching about the Resurrection because it was inspired, but because it was true. He, therefore, affirms the truth of what is written in the Bible, but not the inspiration. This, however, is a problematic position. He has to rely on his version of church history, in order to maintain the truth of the biblical accounts. But this is putting the proverbial cart before the horse. His reason for accepting the truth of the Resurrection accounts is actually personal and subjective, because he is relying on an individual’s rationality, to make a judgment on the truthfulness, or otherwise, of a biblical account. This is the wrong way around. Our position is that we accept the truthfulness of the accounts of the Resurrection BECAUSE they are in the Bible, which is the inspired word of God. His comments about the origin of the universe are the giveaway. Stanley has shown that he will judge the truthfulness of the Bible, by reference to external standards, such as the Big Bang theory. The opposite angle would be the correct methodology – that is, we should judge the truthfulness or otherwise of cultural concepts, such as the Big Bang, by whether or not they agree with the biblical account.

One aspect of Stanley’s criticism is justified. Simply repeating “the Bible says so” as a mantra is insufficient. It is legitimate to delve further and ask why the Bible says something, or research the corollary of the truthfulness of a particular account. But at no point should such research place a higher authority on external standards than that of biblical truth. God’s word does not require our authentication. We require its authentication for our opinions.

Christmas Appeal at the Volcano

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After our most successful season ever, in 2016, we are looking to the future of the Mount St Helens Creation Center. In 2017, we need to find permanent new premises for the ministry, if possible. With that in mind, we know that the building we are looking at needs refurbishment – painting and decorating. We also need to design, create, and install new displays for our Center, and have roadsigns posted at I-5 exit 49, to bring people to the Center.

All these things cost money. So we are asking that you would consider making a donation to our Christmas Appeal 2016. You can find the full details of our appeal, watch a video, and find out the benefits, by visiting our special FaithLauncher page.

FaithLauncher PageAny funds that we receive in this appeal will be used for:

  • Decoration of our hoped-for new premises.
  • Creation of new displays
  • Our podcast, The Mountain And The Word
  • Our Roku TV Channel – the Mountain Word Channel
  • A new venture: the Mountain Word Academy, training in apologetics and general education.

The Voyage Begins Again

The Ark Encounter
The Ark Encounter, by Answers in Genesis

Our friends at Answers in Genesis have built a full-size replica of the Ark. This magnificent construction, in Kentucky, is witness to God's grace and His work of salvation. This is how their Ark Encounter website describes the project.

“The Cross is the greatest reminder for us of the salvation we can have in Jesus Christ. The Creation Museum was built as a reminder that we can trust the authority of God’s Word in every area. Other than the Cross, the Ark of Noah is one of the greatest reminders we have of salvation. The Ark Encounter project was born out of a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people across America and the world.”

The full-size Ark will house a wonderful, God-honoring and faith-building exhibition about the Flood. We commend AiG Ken Ham, and all his colleagues, on this achievement, and pray that it will be mightily used of God to bring people to salvation in Jesus Christ.

The opening date for this project is Thursday July 7th 2016.

For more information, please see their special Ark Encounter website.

Meanwhile, the link below opens up their latest drone footage of the project.