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  • July/Aug/Sept 2009

    Inside Report

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  • Inside Report 2 3Q 2009

    The Editor’s Perspective The Editor’s Perspective The Editor’s Perspective

    ccording to the most recent polls, over the past 50 years, Americans have been pretty consistent in their belief of the six-day Creation as found in the

    book of Genesis. A little less than 50 percent still believe the Bible’s account happened exactly as written. Others believe that undirected microevolution is the cause of all life on earth. Yet an increasing number of people, including many Christians, now believe in theistic evolution — also known as Intelligent Design.

    With all the evidence mounting against it, the theory of evolution (or Darwinism) is coming under increasing scrutiny and doubt. Indeed, despite pressure and persecution from their peers, more scientists are rising up to boldly suggest that the complexity of even the simplest cell points to some kind of intelligent designer.

    Even though that seems like a good thing, and in some ways it is, the theory of Intelligent Design still falls woefully short of truth, because it still puts forth that it took millions of years of death and trial and error for a man to evolve from an ape-like ancestor. Moreover, those who support the theory usually have an unwillingness to name the designer, with some even going so far to suggest that aliens could have been responsible.

    Therefore, Intelligent Design is still a de facto rejection of God’s written Word.

    Why? The Bible says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). Moses was bold about who did the creating and exactly how it happened. It takes a lot of biblical gymnastics to come to the conclusion that a plain reading of Scripture — that God took six periods of 24 hours to create the earth and all that is on it — is not how the first chapter of Genesis should be understood.

    Intelligent Design also suggests that before Adam and Eve sinned, death was a natural part of life and was not a curse as a result of the rebellion against God. This contradicts not only the Creation account and its “very good” characteristics, it undermines the fourth commandment — the seventh-day Sabbath. How God created, in an instant by His word, is a stamp of His power and authority.

    Perhaps most important, Intelligent Design undermines the need for salvation through Christ’s atoning death and resurrection. If Genesis isn’t true, then the entire theology of

    the Bible can’t be trusted. Evolutionists warn that Intelligent

    Design is merely a gateway for creationists to get their agenda into public schools. But that’s not true. Rather, Intelligent Design is a form of creeping compromise — a gateway for Christians to deny God’s Word and arrogantly drift toward total compromise in their lifestyles and religious practice.

    A clear and complete understanding of God and our place in the great controversy begins with Genesis. Remember, if you believe in Jesus, God in human flesh, then like Him you should believe that Adam and Eve, Noah’s Flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah were real events that speak to our faith experience in ways that no simple- minded myth can.

    You can … and should … trust God’s Word. As you’ll see in this magazine, science and logic give us plenty of reasons to accept the Creation account and, therefore, all that God says, asks, and commands of His people.

    Not only is Genesis the true key to our past, it is a vital key to discovering true salvation. That’s a great foundation to have. Don’t neglect it.

    Keep the faith.

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    A by Anthony Lester, Editor

    “Thy word is true from the

    beginning.” Psalm 119:160

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    Contents InsIde RepoRtVoL. 27, no. 2 President

    Doug Batchelor

    Managing editor anthony lester

    [email protected]

    art design/Layout haley trimmer

    CoPyeditors arlene clark lu ann crews

    Inside Report is a quarterly publication of Amazing Facts, Inc. Contributors to the ministry will

    continue to receive Inside Report for six months from the date of their

    most recent gift.

    Amazing Facts is a nonprofit Christian ministry sharing the saving truths of Jesus Christ around the world

    through literature, radio, television, the internet, and public evangelism.

    For operation, we depend on the gifts and prayers of caring Christians who

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    The Inside Report is printed at Pacific Press Publishing Association

    in Nampa, Idaho.

    Regular Features 4Mail Bag 13Broadcast Schedule 22Meet the Team 14News Notes 14Project Opportunities 26Special Recognition

    8The Bible and Evolution

    25Evangelist Update

    6Cosmic Conflict

    22Amazing Facts Evangelists

    12Bible Answers

    14English Evangelism Emphasis

    Does God say in Genesis 9:3 that mankind is free to eat any kind of animal?

    Amazing Facts’ incredible new DVD about the origin of evil is the perfect sharing tool in these last days!

    Pastor Doug is gearing up for an incredible gospel out- reach spanning the globe this fall. Get the latest on this important ministry!

    A recent Amazing Facts Bible prophecy seminar has a powerful connection to the gospel outreach in China!

    Our energetic team of traveling evangelists are always ready to share the gospel. Meet this dynamic bunch and discover how they can help your church grow!

    Most families these days are dealing with a tighter budget, but that’s no excuse for a bad diet! Get practical tips for shopping and dining healthfully on a budget.

    30Health Bite

    F E A T U R E

    Even as mounting scientific evidence points to the truth of Genesis, proponents of evolution are doing everything they can to keep hold of their dying theory. Learn to resist any unnecessary compromise in this eye-opening, educational defense of God’s Word by Pastor Doug Batchelor.

    Inside Report 3 3Q 2009

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  • Inside Report 4 3Q 2009

    Bible Universe “Thank you for the online Bible course. I’m happy for the leading of the Holy Spirit and for your dedication to the Lord. I feel

    a greater thirst for studying His Word, and I display my graduation certificate with spiritual pride!

    I look forward to any other teachings you have to offer. May God bless all who labor in His vineyard at BibleUniverse!” Email

    “Every morning when I get to work, I log on to BibleUniverse.com and read the daily devotional. This particular morning, one of my co-workers walked into my office and asked me if she could use my computer. I told her that I was just finishing my morning devotional and that she was most welcome to use it. Instantly, she forgot about what she needed the computer for and wanted to see the site that I was on. She grabbed her planner and immediately wrote down the name of the website. I also took her to Amazing Facts’ official site and showed her Pastor Doug and the lists of other websites you have. I could tell that her interest was heightened even more by what she saw. She said that she would definitely be visiting these sites daily. …

    I thank God for this small opportunity to witness to my co-workers and pray that God continues to use your ministry to reach souls for His kingdom.” Mississippi

    Blessed Beyond Words “I have been blessed beyond words by Amazing Facts. I have been studying about the Sabbath truth since 2000, and the truth was driven home by listening to and reading Amazing Facts’ educational material. I love you people with my whole heart, and the

    work that you are doing has been the biggest blessing of my life. Keep the

    fire burning, and may the Almighty God bless you abundantly. Canada

    Health Magazine Kudos “Congratulations on the Amazing Health: 8 Bible Secrets for a Longer and Stronger Life! It is attractive and nicely done. I teach health promotion to nursing students and this magazine is something I would like for them to have.” Email

    “I am so excited about the health magazine, which will show the world that taking care of your health is not all physical but also spiritual — and it will show it coming from the Word of God. Praise the Lord! You are stepping up to what God has called us to do.”

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