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Stumbling Blocks

Yahusha is speaking to his disciples emphasising the necessity to become as little children and humble ourselves -

Mattithyahu (Matt) 18: 5 “And whoever receives one little child like this in My Name receives Me.

6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 “Woe to the world because of stumbling-blocks! For it is necessary that stumbling-blocks come, but woe to that man by whom the stumbling-block comes!”

We need to be very careful about what we say and do before those who are taking their first steps towards Yahuah’s salvation.

It has been said that the account of creation is not a salvation issue, but we have thought a lot more about this and have heard of people who would like to understand more about Elohim but, on reading the first chapter of their bible, they see that the account of creation, using the English word ‘day’ rather than the Hebrew ‘yom’ does not fit in with what they can see with their own eyes and the scientific account of the origin of the universe, the age of the earth and so on. Some people we have recently heard of stop reading at this point, seeing the bible account as just a fanciful story. Actually they say much more than this, in their disappointment as they start at Bereshith (Genesis) intending to work their way through the whole of the bible. Then, finding no help in the scriptures they go back to the despair they were trying to find a way out of. This is one reason that clairvoyance, astrology, tarot cards and similar lying witchcraft is thriving in our society. People are looking for a way out of their dilemma.

Surely we can do better than this to help our brothers and sisters!

It is a salvation issue if it stops another person receiving their salvation, and surely we come to the stumbling-block danger. It is a danger to the seeking person and a danger to us if we close our mind and teach others what we were taught once as a fact, when it is obvious that our universe and our own planet earth are extremely old. Scientists must not all be labelled as liars or mistaken, as by the very nature of their work they deal with proveable facts.

There has been a blurring of the line between the theory of evolution and the adaptation of a species. Every breeder of animals knows that, given certain climatic conditions and availability of food, the animals within a species adapt to their local conditions. When a group of animals is isolated from others of their kind, we can clearly see the effects of adaptation. As an example, if you have a very cold climate and sparse vegetation the local horses adapt eventually into something like shetland ponies with thick woolly coats and small thickset bodies. Any other ponies would die in the rugged and cold conditions, thus leaving the adapted ones to breed more like themselves. This is adaptation, but you still end up with horses which can breed with any others of their species. As I understand it, with evolution you have a change to another species, such as the charts one sees purporting to show the progress from an amoeba, through fish, monkeys and so on to man. This is obviously ridiculous as a crossing of the species, such as a horse and a donkey creates a mule which is sterile and cannot reproduce - end of the line!

Mankind follows the same pattern of adaptation and natural selection. If people live in the heart of a very hot country they adapt over time into having tall, thin bodies and dark skin such as the Masai people in Africa. People living in a cold, icy land usually have shorter stature, fairer skin and thickset bodies which conserve heat much better. Those of man and of animals who adapt are the ones who survive to breed more of their kind. This is not evolution, but adaptation to the prevailing conditions and availability of food. When we move even a comparatively short distance within our own country we notice that we have to adapt to the change of climate, calling it “getting acclimatised”.

Neville and June Shaw


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