Topical Studies Power Point Show
Scripture Reading: Psalms 33:1-15
BIBLE QUESTION BOX
1. God’s word is always true, regardless of what men say – Rom. 3:4.
2. Why we must give answer from God, not man, in addressing those things that are eternal – 1 Pet. 3:15 (Rom. 4:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
#1: When were cave men supposed to have existed? Before Adam & Eve? (How could that be?) After Adam & Eve? (Did man regress to grunting & not knowing how to be human?) Or, did cave men exist at all?
1. School textbooks are filled w/ references to “cave men” (half-ape creatures from which we descended).
2. When were cave men supposed to have existed? (Evolutionists say the so-called “Neanderthal” people lived 28,000-125,000+ years ago.)
a. Assume cave dwellers were inferior beings.
1) Type of domicile one lives in says nothing about his “humanity.” A man who lives in a cave in no more “half-animal” than a dog is “half-human” because it lives in a house!
2) Pueblo Indians lived in caves (were they semi-human?).
3) 100 years ago people were still living in caves in Palestine.
b. Assume such creatures (half-animal) actually lived.
c. Assume the accuracy of dating processes used to assign timeframe.
4. Before Adam & Eve? (How could that be?) No, Adam was 1st man – Gen. 5:1; 1 Cor. 15:45.
5. After Adam & Eve? (Did man regress to grunting & not knowing how to be human?)
a. The assumption that living in caves meant grunting regressive life.
-Anthropology has shown many cave sites w/ strictly “human” forms of habitation (cooking, sewing, tools, weapons, pottery, art work, religious artifacts, furniture).
b. Fact: Bible talks about people living in caves…
1) Lot & his daughters – Gen. 19:30.
2) Places of refuge – Judg. 6:2 (1 Sam. 13:6; 1 Kgs. 18:4); Heb. 11:38.
c. Evolutionists have progressively abandoned the view that “Neanderthals” were “semi-human brutes."
6. Don’t be intimidated by “cave men” propaganda. Give Biblically sound, scientifically accurate information to our children – answer their questions & fortify their faith in this age of unbelief.
-(Source: The Common Propaganda Regarding “Cave Men,” Wayne Jackson)
#2: What does the Bible say about euthanasia?
1. Euthanasia: “The intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit.” [Performing the last act that intentionally causes a patient’s death (cf. giving patient a lethal injection).]
2. Assisted suicide: Someone provides a person with the information, guidance & means to take his/her life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose.
3. Oregon permits assisted suicide, The Netherlands & Belgium (both).
-Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act” - 129 phys.-assisted suicides (98-02).
4. Why do people choose euthanasia/assisted suicide? Oregon, 2002…
a. Fear of losing autonomy (84%)
b. Decreasing ability to take part in enjoyable activities (84%)
c. Losing control of bodily functions (47%)
d. Being a burden on family, friends & caretakers (37%)
e. Fear of inadequate pain relief (26%).
5. Euthanasia is not: Withholding “extraordinary means” to maintain life (nobody is forced to “hook up” or stay “hooked up” to machines to live).
6. Distinct difference: Attempting to save life (or provide relief from pain) & the deliberate intention to terminate a person’s life.
-Allowing death is not equivalent to producing death (1 Kgs. 17:12).
7. What saith the Scriptures?
a. “…a time to be born, and a time to die” (Eccl. 3:2).
b. Death is the price for human rebellion: Spiritual & physical – Eccl. 12:7 (spiritual, Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12; physical, Gen. 3:19). Death is inevitable (Heb. 9:27). But…
c. You shall not murder (Exo. 20:13; Rom. 13:9).
d. Human life is sacred: Precious gift from God – Acts 17:25 (Isa. 42:5; 1 Tim. 6:13).
1) No person has the God-given right to destroy life: Suicide, assisted suicide, & homicide.
2) Abortion & euthanasia: Weakest, most vulnerable of society.
e. Body is not ours (God’s); Use to His glory – 1 Cor. 6:15, 19-20.
f. When men wanted to die…were not killed – Num. 11:15; 1 Kgs. 19:4; Jonah 4:3, 8.
8. Is a Christian morally obligated to treat (prolong) terminal illness?
a. Death comes to us all. (Some diseases kill but w/ treatment, life continues in an otherwise normal fashion. Other, incurable diseases hasten death with no treatment to retard its inevitability.
b. Not wrong to accept death; wrong to cause death.
1. Such questions have moral & ethical ramifications.
2. Must always respect life; live by faith; not sin against self or others.
3. If you are still in sin, you are dead & need life that Christ gives (Jno. 11:25-27; 14:6).