By Fonso Vasconcellos, posted in the September 2010 issue of www.thegoodnewstoday.org
As strange as it may seem, many “so called” Christians today see it fit to pick and choose which parts of the Bible they can consider fable and which ones may be historical. That’s an interesting concept, because it renders the book worthless. Who is the person that determines which is which? As a matter of fact I would like to ask a bigger question – What is Truth and where does it come from? Your answer to that determines your worldview. Are you held captive by the philosophies of man (materialism, idealism, empiricism, rationalism, naturalism, determinism, relativism, etc.) and if so, which one of all the past intellectual giants (Plato, Aristotle, Sartre, Marx, Freud, Darwin, Kierkegaard, etc.) are you going to heed to? What about when they contradict each other? The answers become complex and difficult to discern simply because we are looking for the answers in the particulars instead of in the universals. Let me explain. Man in his wisdom has figured out that “the cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be” as has said the late cosmologist Carl Sagan. By coming to that conclusion you create a cosmic box in which you look for the answers in the particular behaviors found within the known box, creating universal answers from within. You obviously discard any answer from outside of your created cosmic box because you have already assumed that nothing exists outside of the box.
On the other hand, those of us that believe that the answers are found outside of the known cosmos, those of us who have chosen to believe the whole inspired truth of the Bible without picking and choosing what is fable, allegory, history, or poetry, know that the universal answers are given to us from without and from those our particulars are created. For example: the God of the Bible gives us a universal command – “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22. From this command we create particulars that restrain us from such behavior. But, since man rejects any voice from outside the box, he takes a survey within the box to determine what is right. If a certain number of people is practicing sexual relations with a partner of the same sex then it must be normal or acceptable. Thus, their morality is derived from what is, and not from what ought to be. You begin to see the conundrum that emerges when we do not have a law-giver outside of the human race, but instead choose to formulate laws from six billion possible different opinions.
It’s sad when you see people claiming to be Christians yet discarding the very book where they get their Christianity from. They throw away the first eleven chapters of the book of Genesis claiming that it is just an inspiring fable. Stories like that of Adam and Eve or of Noah and the Flood cannot be true at all because none of the intellectuals of today believe in them. These “Christians” I assume are followers of Jesus Christ, the same One who referred to Adam, Eve, and Noah as historical figures.
Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:4-6
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37-39
Will all the Christians that pick and choose tell me which of these words of Jesus do you discard? Or was He lying? If so, how do you know when He is not? If He was, why follow Him? Why call yourself a Christian when you do not trust the words of your Master? Let’s see…who do I trust more? Jesus’ words or some pseudo-intellectual of today? This is a hard one…but I am going with Jesus!
I know very well of all the dismissals of today’s scientists, but what about the real scientists, that practically discovered most of what we now know today as modern science? Great unequaled minds such as Sir Isaac Newton, probably the most influential scientist that ever lived, whose accomplishments in mathematics, optics, and physics revolutionized the world. Newton wrote more about the Bible and Creation itself than all his scientific discoveries. He loved God and believed God’s Word—all of it. He wrote, ‘I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by men who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.’ In his book Principia he stated, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
Besides Newton, I can list a roll of scientific giants who loved Jesus Christ and His word and believed it all, such as Nicholas Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Rene Descartes, Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, George Washington Carver, etc. I would love to know which of today’s scientists would dare to face these brilliant men and tell them that there is no God, because only fundamentalist bigots, religious fanatics, and unintellectual masses believe in all that “nonsense”!
But taking a scientific look at Genesis with my engineering mind, always trying to figure out how things work or how they might have worked, I am in awe of what is actually written in those first eleven chapters of the Bible. We find out that it is stated that there never rained before the flood and that every morning a mist rose from the ground and watered the plants (Genesis 2:5-6). This causes us to ask why? Why did they put this in there? Were they just writing science fiction or just what they observed? This leads to a greater question – is it plausible? If so, what is the purpose or consequences? A closer examination leads to a totally different world environment than we know today. Genesis 1:6-7 describes a possible water canopy around the Earth in the pre-flood world. If there was a canopy around the earth the implications would be enormous and many things are explained. It implies a world with no temperature variance, thus no winds or storms, a true green house with uniform temperature throughout the globe including the poles (scientists today find tropical vegetation and animals under the ice in Antarctica and they are baffled), the oxygen content would be high and the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun (they cause all kinds of degeneration leading to cancers and other diseases) would be filtered. This environment would be ideal for long life span and an increase in size of animals and plants which is what is written about the ages of the people in the beginning and exactly what we find in fossils today. It causes us to ask why they wrote that people had such a long life span if it didn’t happen. Could it be that we have it all wrong about the beginning because we have discarded the account of the only One that was there and we have chosen to believe in the assumptions and lies of men?
All of this leads to an even more astounding find. If you make a graph that encompass a period of 1000 year before the Flood and 1000 year after the Flood with the ages of the people an amazing pattern emerges. You will get a straight line of around 800 – 900 years old people until the Flood. After the Flood the ages of the people begin to decrease in a mathematical curve until settling at around 70 years. Why is this so? Could it be that the Flood waters came from the canopy above the Earth that was destroyed and thus the environment after the Flood is completely different? So much so that life span would drastically fall? Isn’t it also funny that after the Flood God showed them a rainbow and told them it was a sign that He would never flood the world again? This sign would have meant absolutely nothing had they seen it before, which they didn’t because it’s written that it never rained before the Flood. How interesting!
There’s also another interesting point that we need to ponder – world population. We have an increase of about 2% a year. According to historical data we went from about 200 million people in the year 1 to 6 billion in 2000 years. That’s interesting, if man has emerged from an ape about 1 million years ago, taking into account a 2% or even a 1% yearly growth we would have so many people that would not fit on this planet. Where are they? Where are their bones? On the other hand if you start at about 5000 years ago with about 4 couples you might end up with what we have today. Isn’t that odd?
What’s amazing is that these so-called Christians claim that God did create the universe, but He is also behind the mechanism for Evolution. This is an obvious claim without any thought behind it at all. Because it puts this great, marvelous, benevolent God, that speaks and creates ex nihilo in matters of seconds, using a crass, cruel system filled with death, destruction, savagery and billions of years to bring about the formulation of species He desires. This is laughable! You’d be better off believing that there is no God!
Being held captive by the philosophies of the world eventually creates distorted world views whose consequences are nefarious, leading to mass killings such as those done by Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, etc. The numbers are staggering, in the 100s of millions! By the way, all of the above mentioned are politically left leaning figures – Yes, even Hitler who was a member of the Nazi Party (National Socialist Party), who railed against Capitalism, and was a believer in Darwin’s theory of Evolution. And for those who continue to be ignorant about the American Conservative Right, let me just tell you something: it’s furthest removed from fascism as possible. The conservative party wants as less government as possible while on the other hand fascism wants total government control and left leaning parties want more and bigger government. I will delve into these areas next time with more details, but for now…