Winter 2000 Newsletter: Faith—The Misnomer of our Time
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Summary: What do faith of Jesus and faith in Jesus have in common? What do they mean for our lives?

Luke 18:8 says, “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

It is a sad day when professed Christians start questioning the validity of the Word of God. Few people in this world today still believe a plain "Thus saith the Lord."

Science and popular humanism have ripped the heart out of the fundamental basic beliefs that place Christ in the center of the Creation story, as the inspiration behind all prophetic utterances and the revealer of all truth. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and nobody comes to the Father except through Him.

As the religions of the world scramble to unite on points of doctrine that are held by them in common, truth has to be sacrificed on the altar of so-called peace and harmony.

How many points of doctrine are there upon which all the religions of the world can unify without compromising the bulk of the Scriptures? Why is it that the scientific fraternity is so bent upon discrediting the Creation account? Why is it that the higher critics spend so much time taking the historical Christ apart? Indeed, we are living in a time when it can indeed be asked: “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith?”

Today, if we dare to defend the plain writings of Scripture, we are ostracized as fanatical. If we dare to utter the warnings graciously given us by our God, we are placed on the level of the lunatic. If Christ is God and His Word truth, why are we so afraid to stand in defence of it?

As a scientist and former evolutionist, I find great solace in the words, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). I find no controversy with the words, "in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is" (Exodus 20:11). The best that science has to offer to contradict these plain statements of Scripture is radiometric dating and natural selection. Radiometric dating is based on many assumptions that all need to apply at the same time. One certainly needs a huge amount of faith to believe that…
    …when rocks form, the radiometric clocks are set to zero.
    …the rocks to be dated are closed systems, meaning nothing can ever leach in or out.
    …the decay-rates have always been totally uniform.
No scientist can honestly guarantee all three of these criteria.

As far as natural selection is concerned, selection can only take place amongst that which is already there. I cannot select the better of two options if there are not two options in existence. And once one is selected and the other rejected, there will be a reduction in the number of the variables selected from in the first place. It always puzzled me how a mechanism that makes less and less can be seen as a creator that makes more and more. The evolutionary theory cannot explain how anything came into existence other than by relying on the god of chance. Selection can only come into play once the god of chance has produced variety.

In light of these contemplations, why is it so difficult for people today to choose the option that GOd crated everything in the beginning? God has not left us orphans. He has raised up people throughout the eons who have stood in defence of truth. Moreover, archaeological evidence is heaping up in support of the historic events portrayed in the Scriptures, and ancient prophecies are being revealed as truthful to the letter. The prophecies pertaining to Babylon, Tyre, Edom, and Egypt have all been vindicated by the spade of the archaeologist. In spite of this, the validity of prophetic writings is denied or distorted. If God proved so faithful in the past, why should these prophecies pertaining to the future be subject to so much ridicule?

When are people going to arise to stand in defence of truth? Why is it unfashionable to speak about the great prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, both of which are recommended for our study by Jesus Christ himself?

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, whoso readeth, let him understand (Matthew 24:15).

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy (Revelation 1:3).

Today, people want to exclude these great teachings of Scripture from the repertoire of their sermons and concentrate only on issues that will not ruffle feathers. Are these portions of Scripture obsolete? Have they lost their power? Is the Antichrist as defined in Daniel 7 no longer the Antichrist? The great themes of the coming of Christ and the warnings of the great deception which will if possible deceive the very elect—are these themes which may no longer be preached?

We are living in a time when people are hungering for peace, but cannot find it in the turmoil of our times. They are ready to accept a counterfeit peace rather than have no peace at all. Are we willing to let them die instead of standing in defence of truth and revealing the deceptions of our age? Christ said that all things would be revealed (1 Corinthians 3:13) and that the Son of Man would not come until that man of sin is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3). What will Jesus say when He returns to see that larger numbers are lost because they were never given the information whereby they could choose this day whom they would serve?

I write this not as a rebuke. I do write with a deep sense of sadness that the Son of God who did so much to save us is so maligned and marginalized. Few want to believe the basic tenets of truth that He has given us in the Holy Scriptures.

Even when God sends His prophets to help us along the way, and ensures that every single test regarding a true prophet be applicable to those that He specifically sends, we find that we have so much fear about what the world will say, that we compromise and lay aside that which was designed for our help. It is my prayer that the Lord may enthuse us to build the walls of Zion, to stand in the breach, and to defend the plain, "Thus saith the Lord."


Science Deceptions
Media Deceptions
Spiritual Deceptions
A Basis for Conflict
Is there evidence for Creation science? How does it compare to evolution? The following articles give insight in to these questions and more.
Conforming Under Pressure Evolution Is Not Science—It's Religion How Can We See Stars That Are Billions Of Light Years Away? Creation and Evolution: Is Compromise Possible? Understanding the Creation Week Geocentricity: It's Time to Face the Facts The Rise of Evolutionary Thinking Earth's History: Conflicting Paradigms Lamarck Proposes Natural Selection Where did the Universe Come From? Evidence for a Young Universe Age Of The Earth Is Carbon-Dating Accurate? Flood Chronology
Evidence in Stone
Can we understand the age of the earth by the rocks? What theory does the evidence support?
Soft Rock Evidence for Rapid Washout
The Fossil Record
What does the fossil record show us? Is it all random or a defined science that we can understand? Where does evolution fit? Uncover mysteries in the history of the Earth.
Evolutionary Sequences Order in the Fossil Record Evolution of the Horse Explosive Evolution Fossils prove a Flood Fossil Footprints Dinosaurs and the Flood Petrified Trees The Biblical Flood Reasons For Extinction Fossil Reefs The Post-Flood World Human Evolution
Genes of Genesis
As we study the genome, the molecule, and the atom, we see a vast network of intricate systems beyond our understanding. Were these systems really formed by chance?
Why So Many Species - Glossary Is the Gastraea Hypothesis Viable? Mechanisms For Variation Built-in Variation in the Gene Pool Answering Questions "Species" versus "Kind" Molecules That Began Life Creating Life in a Test Tube? Post-Flood Distribution Natural Selection Reproductive Exchange Natural Selection as a Creative Force Transposable Elements Recombination of Chromosomes The Evidence of Things Not Seen Ernst Haeckel's Theories Dinosaur Extinction and Global Catastrophe Jesus Christ—All Things Become New Variation and Classification Evolution: Miracle of Miracles Why So Many Species? Is The Grand Canyon Proof of Noah's Flood? Spiders and the Creative Genius of God Things That Negate Evolution: Snake Legs Wrong Assumptions in C-14 Dating Methods Rapid Cave Formation The Australian Problem Synesthesia: Mystery of God’s Creation
Creation to Restoration
How did this world change from the perfection depicted in Genesis to a world full of thorns, thistles, parasites, and death? If God made everything perfect, how could it have all been so changed?
A Good World Gone Bad An Imperfect Planet Evidence For Design Evidence For Transformation Rapid Transformation Clean and Unclean: The History of the Human Diet The Dawn Chorus and Life Forces
Archaeology and the Bible
Archaeology and prophecy have proven the Bible to be true. But what's so special about the Bible that makes it a point of so much controversy?
Archaeology Confirms the Bible Tyre and the Bible Petra and the Bible Egypt and the Bible Babylon and the Bible The Lost Books of the Bible
Crossing Musical Boundaries
Music is a powerful emotional motivator that crosses cultural and language barriers. Its message can be understood by every culture and people across the planet.
The Philosophers Talk Music Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Christianity The Pursuit of Pleasure Music and Worship The Beat Whose Music? The Rave Can You Feel the Music? The Bible and Rock Music: Are they Compatible? The Last Great Contest – Worship The Ear Classical Music Therapy Music and the Frontal Lobe From the Horse's Mouth: The Rock Industry Condemns Itself
Hollywood and the Movies
What is the system of worship found most often in our society? Does it glorify God?
Hollywood's History Gnostic Themes in the Movies Hollywood and Gnosticism
Brain Closed—Please Come Again
Research has shown that our sensitivity to stimuli reduces itself yearly by about 1%. Is your brain hibernating?
The Dangers of Television
Beware of the television's abilities to hypnotize, alter moods, and even cause depression.
Violence and Video Games
Like music and movies, video games are addictive and can cause behavioral problems.
The Origins of Halloween
What is the origin behind this popular festival celebrated every October 31?
Introduction to the Reformation
What started the Protestant Reformation? Was the Reformation a success? Does it still matter today?
The Pope Claims to be God on Earth
Read proof that throughout the Roman Church's history, the Papacy has often claimed that the Pope is divine.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - A Timeline
The oppression of Protestants is widespread and consistent throughout history.
The Bloody History of Papal Rome - Quotes
It was once written in America's oldest Catholic newspaper, the Boston Pilot, that "No good government can exist without religion, and there can be no religion without an Inquisition, which is wisely designed for the promotion and protection of the true faith.”

Read several authors' thoughts on papal Rome's history.
Catholic Councils
What happened at the Council of Trent? The First Vatican Council The Second Vatican Council
The Jesuits
Learn what people throughout history have had to say on the reputation, history, and political nature of the Jesuit Order.
An Introduction to the Jesuits Jesuits and the Hippie Movement Ignatius of Loyola and Martin Luther "Caring" and a New Morality Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises Ignatius Loyola and Spiritual Formation Protestantism Destroyed The Jesuit Superior General
Cross and Crown
This book "Cross and Crown" is a powerful and thrilling recital of the most romantic and dramatic incidents in history to be found on record, told in the simplest, most graphic, and entertaining form.
The Aggressive Intentions of the Papacy
The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year 1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them. The Catholic party appears to have felt itself the superior. At all events it was the first to take up arms."

This article highlights quotes from historical and Catholic sources proving the Papacy's aggressive nature.
Christianity and Violence
Would the world be a safer place without Christian fundamentalism?
Stories of the Reformation
Dive into history to uncover the remarkable stories of faith and passion in early Protestantism.
An Italian mystic. A minister to a British king. An Augustine monk. A Swiss farmer's boy. What do these men have in common? They were used by God in powerful ways to bring about the Protestant Reformation. Enter into the lives of these ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
Inspiration for these articles comes from Gideon and Hilda Hagstoz' Heroes of the Reformation
Philipp Melanchthon John Laski Jerome of Prague John Wycliffe Louis De Berquin Gaspard De Coligny
Religious Doublespeak
Language can be used to communicate both truth and lies. Learn about the religious doublespeak being used to pull the wool over the eyes of the world.
Hegelian Thinking and World Politics
Hegelian dialectic thinking is applied in many situations in world politics. Often the ordinary people are used as pawns in the game of Hegelian psychology played by those who pull the strings of world control.
The Great Controversy
Read this classic work by Ellen G. White.
The Destruction of Jerusalem Persecution in the First Centuries An Era of Spiritual Darkness The Waldenses John Wycliffe Huss and Jerome Luther's Separation From Rome Luther Before the Diet The Swiss Reformer Progress of Reform in Germany Protest of the Princes The French Reformation The Netherlands and Scandinavia Later English Reformers The Bible and the French Revolution The Pilgrim Fathers Heralds of the Morning An American Reformer Light Through Darkness A Great Religious Awakening A Warning Rejected Prophecies Fulfilled What is the Sanctuary? In the Holy of Holies God's Law Immutable A Work of Reform Modern Revivals Facing Life's Record The Origin of Evil Enmity Between Man and Satan Agency of Evil Spirits Snares of Satan The First Great Deception Can Our Dead Speak to Us? Liberty of Conscience Threatened The Impending Conflict The Scriptures a Safeguard The Final Warning The Time of Trouble God's People Delivered Desolation of the Earth The Controversy Ended
Who is Jesus?
Is Jesus really who He says He is?
Did Jesus Ever Exist? Was Jesus the Messiah? Is What Christianity Teaches True? The Godhead and the One True God Movement Is Jesus God? Jesus: The Mercy Seat Why Did Jesus Have To Die? Six Purposes for Christ's Life and Death on Earth What Day Did Jesus Die? The 70-Week Prophecy Jesus, the Recycled Redeemer Names of Christ in Revelation
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
The First Beast—Comparing Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 Revelation Identifies End-Time Babylon The Second Beast of Revelation 13 Identifying the Antichrist The Final Confederacy Walking Through Daniel The Seven Plagues Walking through Revelation
Religious Trends
What are the trends in the religious world today? Sun Worship, The UN and the One World Religion, Eastern Mysticism and Spiritism... Just what do all these things mean in light of Bible prophecy?
Babylonian Religion Sun Worship The Charismatic Movement Politics and the Papacy Paganism and Mary Wealth Redistribution Spiritism throughout Religions Catholic Pentecostalism Unity at All Cost? Sustainability Pentecostalism The Charismatic Movement and Spiritual Gifts Paganism and Christmas Manifesting the Charismatic Spirit The New Age Movement Paganism in our Culture The United Nations' Global Government The History of Tongues Secret Societies Revival and the "Power of God" Signs and Wonders What’s So Bad about Spiritual Formation? Zionism
Most people can understand the reasoning behind nine of the Ten Commandments—don't kill, don't lie, don't steal. But what about the Sabbath Commandment? Why would God give such a law? Why should we follow it?
What is the Seventh-Day Sabbath? Creation and the Sabbath The Weekly Cycle Why Sunday? Sabbath FAQ
The Second Coming of Christ
How will Christ return, and what will it mean for His people?
Signs of The Second Coming of Christ The Second Coming of Christ Viewpoints How Christ will Return What will Happen to God's People? What will Happen to the Rejecters of God? Will there be a Secret Rapture? The Millennium of Peace
The Bible
Can the Bible be trusted to provide answers to our questions? Does it contain truth? Learn about the evidence that proves the Bible's authenticity.
Archaeology Confirms the Bible Choosing the Books of the Bible Studying Scripture Scripture is Inspired by God Testing the Gospel of Thomas Testing the Gospel of Judas The Spirit in Scripture The Lost Books of the Bible The Gospel Story Spiritual Gifts
Christian Living: Sin and Salvation
Consider the crucial points of the Christian life.
Christian Living Good God, Bad World. Why? God's Plan to Eradicate Sin Salvation By Faith The Ceremonial Feasts Pointed to Christ
Is there more to death than the fact that it is the opposite of life? What are the false doctrines involving the immortality of the soul?
Death: Understanding the Terminology A Biblical Understanding of Death The Resurrection of Lazarus Spiritism Hell and Purgatory An Immediate Afterlife? The Parable of Lazarus