Common Misconceptions

 I am not afraid to present this web site in my personal style. Some material might at first be controversial because it may contradict long-held teachings of your own pastors, yet much of the the material is a firmly held view in other churches.  Churches are unfortunately not sufficiently bold to declare them openly.  However, I shall proceed because 'I know whom I have believed'.

All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world’ (Matthew 28:18-20). We walk in the faith of Jesus.

A PRE-ADAMIC CREATION 

By pre-Adamic creation I mean the creation of primitive races before Adam and Eve. It may have been drummed into you by sincere men of God, but it's not biblical. It is only man's well intentioned  imagination to make sense of something he doesn't understand. Angels, on the other hand, were definitely created before Adam and Eve (https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_6.cfm).

Many wonder where Cain's wife came from. The simple answer is that he married one of his rebellious sisters who also fled from the discipline Adam and Eve attempted to establish in their growing family.  We remember that during their long lifetimes Adam and Eve had many son's and daughters.

 

'The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters' (Genesis 5:4).
 

Those who stayed in the family became progentitors of the godly line, while those who fled their home joined up with Cain's lot. Their women folk dressed rather provocatively, so that the sons of God were attracted to them and married the daughters of men, rather than taking one of their immediate sisters who were modestly attired. This mixture eventually led to violence and wickedness spreading over the land, with only Noah remaining righteous 1500 years after the Fall of Adam and Eve. The other patriarchs of the righteous line were dead by this time. Methuselah died just before the flood at the age of 969 years (see the graph on https://www.creation6000.com/post/1-apostolic-doctrine-ignored). There is a good reason why the New Testament preaches that a man and woman should not be unequally yoked when they marry. They buy into trouble right from their beginnings.

'Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship is there between light and darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Beliar? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever' (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)?

THE LAKE OF FIRE

Many assume that the false prophet, the beast and Satan are all thrown together into the Lake of Fire at the end of the 1000-year Millennium when all the resurrected wicked will be judged for the 'second death'. According to Revelation 19;19-20 the beast and the false prophet are directly thrown alive into the Lake of fire before the Millenium. Satan, the devil, will be treated differently. He is to be 'chained up' for 1000 years in the abyss, and only thrown into the Lake of fire after the Millennium when all the wicked are also judged and thrown into the Lake of fire. Find out why in the first article on the Age of the Earth.

VERY OLD GEOLOGICAL AGES

 

We should not believe the long ages obtained through radiometric dating. They are relative dates and mathematical estimates based on critical assumptions, including the use of standard rocks 'whose ages are known' to calibrate the calculations. Standard rocks whose ages are known? Tell me another one! By proxy, I had the privilege to be on an Australian  Vice-Chancellors' Committee inspecting the Australian National University, visiting the radiometric dating laboratories in Canberra.  I heard its chief investigator introduce his facility to us. He picked up a small jar and said, 'We got this sample of rock from the Smithsonian Institute and its precise age is known. We calibrate everything we do against it with great accuracy.'  Yet I have seen published radiometric dating of observed lava flows that were spewed out only hundreds of years ago giving ages in millions of years. I don't care if one can measure isotopic abundances accurately and do long calculations, up to 29 decimal places the researcher claimed, but if you have to standardize them by comparing them to millions of year-old rocks of known ages, then on that point alone they have lost all credibility.

 

Would you really want to know how ages of rocks are approximately estimated? They are first estimated from the biological nature of the fossils found in them, or the fossils over  or underlying them.

 

And how are fossils dated? By the radiometric ages of rocks above or below them. Its circular reasoning. Each discipline of science has the faith that the other has the definitive answer. That is evolutionary science in a nutshell! The anthropologist, paleontologist, biologist, geologist and physicist colluding, perhaps unwittingly, to get the same answer. What is their major premise? From what I have heard around universities, it goes something like this: 'We know that evolution is true. Just look at the Grand Canyon. The geological column looks old and the sediments are thick. Look at the thickness of the White Cliffs of Dover. It must have taken ages for all those hard-shelled algae to be deposited as chalk. Anyway, organisms are far too complex to have evolved in just a few thousand years. Even these algae are far too complex. They must be millions of years old. Actually, a few hundred million years sounds more like it. If that's not enough time, then perhaps a meteorite  seeded the Earth with bacteria already on board. Some hardy types could have survived the trip. Yes, a few hundred million years fits the ballpark, I reckon'.

According to some data on Uranium-Lead dating some rocks are so young they should not even exist as yet. They are still to be geologically formed in the future. We published that in our book with Jeff Harvey (Hammond) in 1985, based on honest scientific data still available from texts on radioactive dating methodologies such as that of Dalrymple and Co., in Geochronology (1969). In their brave honesty, these authors even made suggestions to their lesser experienced colleagues, that if anybody gets dates that are much too young they will know which kind of rocks to avoid for dating in the future. Honest reports as these would no longer pass a scientific editorial board. Who are you going to believe, evolutionary science or the word of God? Take your pick. God will allow you to go either way, but then you will also have to accept the eternal consequences. 
 

DOGMATICALLY AVOIDING TRUTHS

 

In 2014, during a debate at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, Bill Nye the Science Guy (associated with Walt Disney Television) justifiably commented to Ken Ham of Creation Ministries International, 'THERE ARE TREES OLDER THAN YOU THINK EARTH IS'. The Bible supports that some trees at higher elevation survived Noah's flood, 'And the dove came in to him in the evening. And, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off. So Noah knew that the waters had gone down from off the earth' (Genesis 8:11). The flood took about one year to recede which allowed surviving trees that began to protrude from the waters to shoot before Noah disembarked from the Ark.

 

In 2008, National Geographic News reported that, 'The visible portion of the 13-foot-tall (4-meter-tall) "Christmas tree" isn't ancient, but its root system has been growing for 9,550 years, according to a team led by Leif Kullman, professor at Umeå University's department of ecology and environmental science in Sweden'

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/04/080414-oldest-tree.html.

 

This has been known and suspected in many church quarters for years, but nobody had the courage to stand their ground against dogmatic creationist movements who understand Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 only superficially. The Lord will reveal the truth to anyone searching with an open heart. The Earth is indeed a very young planet, but not quite as young as only the 6000 years that most creationists attribute to the age of the Earth.

 

When people with honest intentions examine the scriptures and discover the truth it will become one of the foundations stones for the formation of true Christian unity. Why have creationists deliberately side-stepped the apostle Peter's warning that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8)?  The apostle even emphasised not to be ignorant of this one thing! The whole of Scripture verifies that Peter was not talking poetically, but meant literally what he said. Creationists have placed their superficial readings and science on higher ground than the whole Word of God.

The views expressed on this website take into consideration patterns revealed to students of the Bible, first clearly articulated by Pastor WH Offiler of Bethel Temple in Seattle to whom the church owes a great debt, as indeed we all owe a debt to our forerunners in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Such men and women painstakingly recorded so much information over centuries in the absence of computers, and often in the face of persecutions and sufferings, as did also many of the hymn writers. The many Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, dictionaries and study books are particular examples which stand out as examples of perseverance by individuals. In these, we have to sort out the grain from the chaff by the Holy Spirit.  The following website pays tribute to the efforts of such a man, Pastor WH Offiler, https://danwpeterson.wordpress.com/category/bethel-temple-history-series/

 

The Tabernacle in the wilderness, the Temple of Solomon, the Feasts of Israel and the many symbols and types in the Bible, coupled with the prophetic Scriptures and numerology (which cannot be dismissed as coincidental), all have bearing on revealing the true age of the Earth. It will become evident to open hearts that Scripture is heavily weighted towards 1000-year days for both the creation and the entire history of the Earth. In other words, 1000-year days for the creation is consistent with the whole of Scripture.

The whole of creation is awesome in its complexities. The National Geographic issue of March , 2018, discusses thirteen aspects about the design of spaceship Earth that makes it habitable. God had to fine tune many things  to create the Earth and the cosmos. It was achieved by gradual progression, even within each day, not just by a flick of the fingers. It all took time, even for God. If God had created by just a word or by a flick of His fingers then we could ask why He took six days for the Creation and not just one.

‘The Lord gave Pastor Offiler much insight into the Word of God concerning end time events, the bride of Christ and the Godhead. He had come to the conviction that Scripture of necessity must be interpreted both literally and figuratively and continued to receive, through Bible study and revelation, rich truth for the last-days church which has provided sound biblical direction.

Prayer and fasting were foundational to Pastor Offiler’s lifestyle. During the early years of his ministry, he fasted each week from Thursday evening through Sunday evening. He had discovered something beyond the form of external religion which fuelled his hunger and passion to seek God. As a result many miracles and conversions occurred under his leadership' - Quoted from Bethel Temple Heritage Part 2, the Blog website provided above.

 

Such fundamental questions and cause of controversies, of which this is only one example, must be resolved among church leaders by surrendering to the Holy Spirit before Christ can have His perfected bride on Earth - spotless, shining with the glory of the Sun (John Chapter 17; Revelation Chapter 12).

 

As Pastor Offiler discovered, prayer, fasting and illumination by the Holy Spirit is always the key. I do not have the strength. I have to be among the first to admit that this cannot be done in our own strength, but only as and when the Holy Spirit leads and motivates us. I praise the Lord for giving me much insight into Bible truths including dreams and visions, and for guiding me to author this website. I have included a small number of guest articles for which I am extremely grateful. 

ON THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

What do evolutionists themselves have to say about the naturalistic origin of life and its diversity? I asked a highly qualified university colleague at work one day, 'Do you really believe that we all evolved from bacteria in a slimy pool'? 'No', he replied. 'Why do you teach it then'? To which he honestly replied, 'Because it suits my lifestyle'. I took it no further knowing exactly what he meant.

Taking a quote from a Creation Ministries International pamphlet 'Evolutionary Professor Paul Davies admitted, "Nobody knows how a mixture of lifeless chemicals spontaneously organized themselves into the first living cell."  Andrew Knoll, professor of biology, Harvard, said, "we don't really know how life originated on this planet". A minimal cell needs several hundred proteins. Even if every atom in the universe were an experiment with all the correct amino acids present for every possible molecular vibration in the supposed evolutionary age of the universe, not even one average-sized functional protein would form. So how did life with hundreds of proteins originate just by chemistry without intelligent design'?​

Furthermore, under the heading of 'Living things look like they were designed, so how do evolutionists know that they were not designed'? Creation Ministries International says'Richard Dawkins wrote, "biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose". Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, wrote, "Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved". The problem for evolutionists is that living things show too much design. Who objects when an archaeologist says that pottery points to human design? Yet, if someone attributes the design of living things to a designer, that is not acceptable. Why should science be restricted to naturalistic causes rather than logical causes'?

'In my experience as an academic on staff at an Australian University for 34 years that is exactly how biologists think. According to my colleagues, even those who had attended Sunday School in their youth,  everything in the universe must be constrained to a naturalistic explanation for their origin. Miracles or acts of God are deliberately excluded from academic thinking. Did Jesus just say a word, and 'puff' it happened? They mocked as the Vice-Chancellor attempted to have me resign', Charles Pallaghy PhD.

PERSON-HOOD AND IDENTITY. DREAMS

We have a friend, God Himself, even from the day of our own conception. Think about it if you are a Bible believer. Remember how, whilst still in the womb of Mary, John the Baptist leapt for joy when he sensed Mary pregnant with Jesus, coming to visit his mother (Luke 1:44). This tells me that, according to the divine word of God, embryos developing in the womb are already persons with identity.  The Scriptures say so, not me.  I am no expert, but it is clear that some of the prophets were chosen by God when they were still in the womb before they had done anything good or bad. This, of course, is the answer to the Calvinistic dilemma of pre-destination.  The simple answer is that all have been pre-destined to be in Christ and be saved, except that for most of us God gives us the right to choose for ourselves. It is not His will that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).

 

The account of the birth of John the Baptist and of Jesus tells us two things:

1. Whilst still in Elizabeth's womb, John recognized Jesus in the womb of Mary.

2. For John to recognize Jesus. Jesus was already a person in the womb though Jesus was six months younger than John.

There is no doubt that each person on earth is a unique creation from the earliest moments of life. Nursing mothers can sense the differences in their babies. As God told Jeremiah, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart' (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).

Many are the children growing up in heaven who were still-born or died prematurely at an early age. In my case, God allowed me to survive when a Polish nun tried to murder me during WW II in a Hungarian hospital.  She overhead me speaking in German to my mother and I had very blond hair. At the hospital I was known as the 'little Hitler'. That was in 1940-41, at the height of the German occupation of Poland and I was only a couple of years old. Before that I should have died of diarrhea but an old woman saved me with a home remedy. The doctors had already given me away.

I had a dream not long ago which I won't describe at length because it won't mean anything to you. When I reached out to touch Him in the dream I was shocked because His body was rock-solid as granite and unmoveable. He looked as powerful and handsome as a Roman athlete. He said to me, 'I am the Almighty God. I am your constant companion'.  With that the dream ended. Looking back over my life I realize that He had his hand of protection over me from the day I was born (https://www.creation6000.com/grace-as-a-child-in-hungary-germany). I have no doubt that He also protected me while I was still in the womb.

 

Dreams are important when they are from God. Did you know that whenever God talked to Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, God only talked to him through dreams? His dreams were real enough. God told him not to spurn Mary because she was pregnant out of wedlock. Furthermore, in a dream, God talked to Joseph that saved Jesus from being killed by moving to Egypt, in the nick of time, before Herod's butchers came. Moreover, it was through a dream that the Magi were warned not to return home via Jerusalem - that made Herod furious. The whole nativity story is based on dreams and three visitations by angels.

Therefore, let us not despise dreams. The apostle Peter quoted the prophet Joel that people will receive dreams from God (Acts 2:17). Remember the story of Joseph and his many coloured coat? It was all to do with Joseph's dreams, including the dreams of Pharaoh in Egypt about the 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine to come, and the dreams of the baker and Pharaoh's cup holder. Daniel rose to fame because of King Nebuchadnezzar's dreams and of course, God spoke to King Solomon and the patriarchs in dreams.

THE VIRGIN MARY

 

I honour the special role that the virgin Mary played in the life of Jesus, but only in the same way that other people have also faithfully and lovingly obeyed the Lord and are now deceased. Mary and the women who anointed Jesus with tears and ointment stand out as extremely special examples, of course.

 

We all have opportunities to serve the Lord humbly according to the gifts and talents given to each one of us. It is His righteousness and grace working in us, as the apostle Paul hoped 'to reveal His Son in me'! That can be anyone’s portion according to the will and grace of God. On this website I have included an article which explains, from both a spiritual and biological point of view, why Mary, the mother of Jesus, had to be a virgin.

In works of art the virgin Mary is often shown sporting a laurel of 12 stars upon her head which is a common but erroneous interpretation of Revelation 12:1. The woman with the 12 stars in Revelation 12:1 is in fact a symbolic representation of the virtuous bride of Christ, crowned with the power and authority of 12 end-times apostles  who are yet to be revealed. Revelations Chapter 12 details events which have not yet taken place so the image is not that of Mary. The 'Manchild' she brings forth is not another baby Jesus either. Jesus is full grown and victorious in heaven and will not be born as a babe a second time! Nor does He have to flee from the dragon (Satan)  because He has been raised in power above all the angels of heaven. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, seated at the right hand of the Father. 

The Manchild is symbolic of a collective group of Christians who are the fruit of the bride's 'spiritual womb' - they will be caught up to heaven even as Enoch was. Enoch was the 7th godly patriarch from Adam (Jude 1:14) who was caught up alive into heaven because Enoch pleased God  (Genesis 5:24). This Enoch is not to be confused with the Enoch from the ungodly line of Cain

'By faith Enoch was translated so as not to see death, and he was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God'
(Hebrews 11:5).

 

As pointed out repeatedly on my website, the number 7 in the scriptures is always indicative that the particular event is associated with end-times. The number 7 occurs 49 times in the book of Revelation. 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR CREDIBILITY

Both the Creationist and Sceptics movements put great value on the academic qualifications of speakers. I don't like that attitude because any genuine messenger of God has the authority of God backing their words or testimony regardless of their academic background. I don't believe that a Christian speaker or pastor, not even a senior pastor, needs a degree from a seminary either. Jesus never handed out degrees in divinity to the apostles. Degrees are man-made qualifications. The degree one needs is friendship with God.

 

On the other hand, the Lord gave leave for the apostle Paul to say that he had  been trained under Gamaliel and was therefore at least as qualified, if not more, than any other Pharisee to teach and preach (Acts 17:2; 22:3; Philippians 3:4-14). Nevertheless, Paul regarded his credentials as rubbish in comparison to the gifts and revelations God had given him. But Paul did make use of his credentials at critical times when he was opposed by those who thought themselves superior and even used his Roman citizenship to advantage, making the point that he was born a citizen, distinguishing it from the lesser qualification of having purchased citizenship for a great sum of money as had the Roman officer arresting him. So I am doing likewise and have a couple of articles on my scientific credentials as well as articles on the stiff opposition I encountered over many years while a tenured member of academic staff at an Australian University.​

Some years after the height of my troubles at University had passed, I came across a group of adults on campus at lunch time who had once been my students. 'You're still here, Dr. Pallaghy? We thought you would have been sacked long ago. Somebody up there must be watching over you'. They suspected the truth!

HELL IS NOT A BIG DEAL

 

In talking to some pastors, elders of churches and nuns I have been astounded how so many find excuses to water down the gospel that Jesus Himself preached. There is no fear of hell in them. They are falsely luring people into thinking that its no big deal for any who miss the boat.

The excuses I hear revolve around the love of God and that God is so merciful that He makes provision for many to accept salvation in Jesus just moments before dying. That may be so in a few cases. But hang on, if hell is no big deal then why appreciate mercy. Salvation from what?

I have also heard  that because God is love He would not have created hell. He wouldn't allow people to suffer torment for all of eternity, surely not.

All of these arguments are attempts to circumvent the Scriptures. People don't want to face reality. Why would Jesus have said narrow is the gate to life and broad is the gate to destruction and there are many who go in by it (Matthew 7:13)? Jesus repeated Himself three times about the horrors of hell,

'And if your hand offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than to have two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your foot offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame than to have two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. And if your eye offends you, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes to be cast into hell fire where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched' (Mark 9:43-48).

The apostle Paul warned,
'Behold then the kindness and the severity of God; on those having fallen, severity, but on you kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off' (Romans 11:22).

Watch the following video to know what hell is really like. Listen to it all. It will have a profound effect on you and change your life:

Those who water down the gospel are betraying their fellow man. They lure them into complacency taking no thought of the devastating consequence of worldly lifestyles.

'But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. And they did not know until the flood came and took them all away. So also will be the coming of the Son of Man' (Matthew 24:37-39).

 

 

 

Email: charles.pallaghy@gmail.com

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