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Jul 30 2012

The Religious Literature by a Messianic Jewish Biochemist Left on My Doorstep This Morning

I live in a largely Jewish neighborhood, and my Jewish neighbors are apparently being targeted to become Messianic Jews by something called Israel Restoration Ministries. On everybody’s doorstep this morning (including mine since they were blanketing the neighborhood) was a little booklet written by a guy named Tom Cantor.

I normally just chuck stuff like this in the trash, of course, but what caught my eye on this booklet’s cover was that its author is the president and CEO of a scientific laboratory, so, out of curiosity, I googled him and Israel Restoration Ministries.

Apparently, this Messianic Jewish biochemist named Tom Cantor has no problem reconciling science and the Bible when it comes to the question of creationism vs. evolution. It’s all very simple. The completely factual book of Genesis provides a reliable framework for scientific research!

From the Israel Restoration Ministries statement of faith:

We believe:

(A) The Origin of the World

1. The account of origins presented in Genesis is a simple but factual presentation of actual events and therefore provides a reliable framework for scientific research into the question of the origin and history of life, mankind, the Earth and the universe.

2. The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since Creation.

3. Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole creation.

4. The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days of Creation.

5. The great Flood of Genesis was an actual historic event, worldwide (global) in its extent and effect.

6. The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event and much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.

7. The ‘gap’ theory has no basis in Scripture.

8. The scientific aspects of creation are important, but are secondary in importance to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The little booklet left on my doorstep this morning will now go in the trash, where I’m sure the copies left on all my neighbors doorsteps already are.

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  1. 1
    'Tis Himself

    Israel Restoration Ministries are common or garden Biblical literalists.

  2. 2
    hexidecima

    aw, so nice to see the various theist types telling lies to each other so they can get more people for their “team”.

  3. 3
    busterggi

    I wonder if any results his labs get that are non-biblical are automatically assumed to be incorrect.

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    Please put in the recycling, not the trash, so that the tree that was murdered for this piece of junk can live on in another form!

  5. 5
    Woof

    WTF is ‘gap’ theory?

  6. 6
    Gregory in Seattle

    @Woof #5 – “Gap theory” is an effort to reconcile literal creationism with actual scientific evidence. It holds that there was a literal creation of six 24 hour days (well, seven, because on the seventh day, God created the Sabbath) followed by a “gap” of millions of years. Also known as gap creationism.

  7. 7
    birgerjohansson

    Gregory in Seattle
    Let me guess, they say Zod planted the (older) fossils as a practical joke?
    I mean, even if we are talking millions of years, you would still have to squeeze in Adam and Eve *after* the dinosaurs.
    And they have no comment to the fact of the story of Noah’s flood being written in “younger” Hebrew, consistent with being written while in Babylon, Mesopotamia?

  8. 8
    richardelguru

    The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event and much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.

    I do like that bit of weaselling!
    Obviously a thoughtful idiot.

  9. 9
    Woof

    Thanks, Gregory in Seattle.

    Just think of how much more advanced we’d be if all that effort had been put toward useful goals…

  10. 10
    peterh

    Very old wine, very old skins, pathetic attempt at forcing into not-very-new skins. Move on.

  11. 11
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    This is a brand of messianic Judaism with which I was previously unacquainted. There are so many, it’s hard to keep up.

  12. 12
    Ellie

    I have never understood why these Christians don’t want to call themselves what they are: Christians who want to play at being Jewish.

    Apparently, they are also a problem in Canada and use deceptive practices designed to entice people to events they believe are sponsored by the Jewish community. IOW, just another brand of Liars For Jesus. I have been criticized for harshness regarding Jews for Jesus. I will probably not change any time soon.

  13. 13
    Christoph Burschka

    six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days

    Make that four [4] simultaneous twenty-four [24] hour days… he’s obviously educated singularity stupid.

  14. 14
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    I have never understood why these Christians don’t want to call themselves what they are: Christians who want to play at being Jewish.

    They want all the benefits of being Jewish (perceived to be persecuted, extra political clout) without any of the drawbacks (like ACTUAL persecution).

  15. 15
    Woof

    They want all the benefits of being Jewish (perceived to be persecuted, extra political clout) without any of the drawbacks (like ACTUAL persecution).

    Plus the jokes are better.

    Guess the reference, win a prize!

  16. 16
    alvaroibanez

    That’s a reference from the anti-dentite eppisode of Seinfeld, of course.

  17. 17
    Woof

    We have a winner!

  18. 18
    left0ver1under

    The Religious Litter Left on My Doorstep

    FIFY.

  19. 19
    Dexeron

    I just got one of those at my door last week (I live in a neighborhood with similar demographics, so I wonder if they’re trying to target that demographic). I didn’t even bother opening it. Good to know I wasn’t missing anything.

  20. 20
    progjohn

    “The various original life forms (kinds), including mankind, were made by direct creative acts of God. The living descendants of any of the original kinds (apart from man) may represent more than one species today, reflecting the genetic potential within the original kind. Only limited biological changes (including mutational deterioration) have occurred naturally within each kind since Creation.”
    WTF??? How can they represent more than one species today if there have been only limited changes (including biological deterioration)? That seems to require some huge changes to result in the speciation we see today. To achieve this since the “recent origin” must mean evolution has been running at an incredible speed. So they agree with evolution but think it happens much faster than we do!

  21. 21
    dantelevel9

    A Jewish acquaintance of mine hooked up with a Jews for Jesus group and really fell for the whole thing. He thought Jesus was the Messiah and took it upon himself to spread the word. He would get irate if I called him a Christian, which he was by any measure. He eventually moved to Israel to proselytize the natives. I never heard from him again. I wonder how that all worked out?

  22. 22
    Ed Seedhouse

    Well, he’s right about “scripture” teaching the recent origination of the universe as long as he’s talking about his particular (and peculiar) scripture.

    But of course there are other scriptures out there, aren’t there? The Vedanta scriptures teach a basically endless universe that last for billions of years and then destroys itself and starts all over again.

    The Buddhist scriptures teach an infinite universe both in space and time with endless worlds.

    Combined, they outnumber the purist believers in Torah (commonly known as Jews) rather a lot, if I recall rightly.

    Who gets to decide what a “scripture” is and is not. I think “The Origin of Species” would make an excellent scripture, personally. After all I, like most believers in the Torah have never actually read it.

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