Following the recent historic International Summit on Human Gene Editing, held in Washington DC, it has become clear that humanity is on the verge of experiencing a radical technological transformation that will challenge our preconceptions as to what it means to be human. And while these advancements rightly raise questions regarding the ethical application of these emerging technologies they are also challenging preconceived notions regarding theological belief. One place in theology where such technological developments will certainly have a dramatic impact is on the current Christian concept of spiritual gifts.
The present understanding of the theological concept of "spiritual gifts" derives from the Greek words pneumatika (spirits) and chrismata (gifts) that are found in the Bible. These words are plural forms of the words pneumatikon, which means "expression of Spirit," and charisma, which means "expression of grace." The general Christian understanding is that the Holy Spirit gives God's people particular spiritual gifts (special abilities, offices, or manifestations) as a means of grace meant for works of service and to build up the body of Christ.
It is of theological note that most Christians believe that spiritual gifts are God given. Generally, Christians believe that they have no authority over who gets what gifts. But with gene editing becoming widely available in the future such a perception may quickly change. more >>
Televangelist Brad Shockley told viewers during a televised sermon on Sunday that dinosaurs and humans co-existed 6,000 years ago and claims that God created dinosaurs on the sixth day of creation.
Shockley, an evangelist who preaches at two Church of Christ congregations in Southwest Missouri and speaks at various gospel revivals across the United States, spoke on an episode of Let the Bible Speak, paid programming that airs on over 30 television stations across the U.S., as a fill-in for the show's regular host Brett Hickey.
Shockley used the airtime to decry the theory of evolution that is being taught to children in schools, colleges and on their television sets. He asserts that dinosaurs are being used by evolutionists to indoctrinate children with an evolutionary theory that is "dangerous" for Christianity. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has praised The Master's College for breaking off from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities due to its insistence on a literal interpretation of Genesis.
"We are always thankful when we hear about Christian colleges and universities that take a firm and public stand on the book of Genesis, refusing to compromise with man's ideas about the past and our origins. These colleges are sadly far and few between," Ham said in his Answers in Genesis blog on Monday.
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has said that his Ark Encounter project, the life-sized replica of Noah's Ark, was built to be part of what he calls the "front lines of the spiritual war" going on in America.
"We are in a spiritual war right now in the U.S. Generations of young people have been raised to believe that they evolved, there is no God, and they make the rules. But, as Christians, we know that 'we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog earlier this week.
"That's why we built the Creation Museum and are building the Ark Encounter. We want to reach as many people as we can with the message of biblical authority and the Gospel of Jesus Christ," he added. more >>
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has spoken out against evangelicals who embrace evolution and deny that Adam, the first man, was created by supernatural means.
"Evangelicals who embrace evolution have a few proposals for interpreting Adam, including that he's the head of a tribe, an archetype of humanity, or that he did not even exist," Ham said on Tuesday, and linked to an article by Answers in Genesis' U.K. General Manger Simon Turpin.
In the article, Turpin argues that an increasing number of evangelicals today are losing their faith in a literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis, and do not believe that Adam was created by supernatural means. more >>
The Creation Museum's Ken Ham has accused Google of promoting what he called the "atheistic religion of naturalism" with its front page illustration of evolution on Tuesday.
Google's drawing, or Doodle, featured an illustration of "Lucy," an Australopithecus specimen considered by scientists to be an early human ancestor.
"Google Doodle highlights where our culture is headed. Our supposed evolutionary ancestry is increasingly being celebrated — but it's nothing more than a major tenet of the religion of naturalism," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog in response. more >>