This coming Tuesday at 7 pm EST, you will have an opportunity to see a debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham, president of Answers In Genesis. The topic is evolution, which is being promoted more and more by prominent leaders, pastors and theologians in the Church of the Nazarene, as well as other denominations. Go to www.debatelive.org and register for the live streaming. Invite some friends over, listen to this presentation of two diametrically opposing views, and decide for yourself.
By John Henderson
“He knew not what to say, so he swore,” is supposed to have been stated by one of America’s founding fathers. It goes to the point that human intelligence is painfully limited and incapable of going beyond its own limitations. That is true of the genius and the moron, and most of us are somewhere in the middle of that. Unfortunately, there is a tendency to puff up that lack with the hot air of pride.
I no longer debate irrationality (if I ever did) except to furnish information for those sincerely in search of truth. When Mr. Obama recently closed his 2014 state of the union address by saying: “The debate is over, climate change is real,” I felt no compulsion to respond with the specifics—actually lack of evidences—in that argument. When atheistic evolutionists and phony creation evolutionists make their unfounded assertions because they reject the clear revelational truth of the Scriptures, I simply go back to the Bible and trust God that what He said is true. It is not a blind trust, either. I have seen God at work in the arenas of faith and have seen Him prove Himself over and over.
My reasoning is that I cannot debate a closed mind. It is like digging a hole in a mud puddle. Every shovelful removed is immediately filled with more mud.
Just the same, I think it important to address the system of logic that is used in most error, using evolutionism as an example. Evolutionism claims that everything, especially “higher life” evolves from something before it—presumably something like a “lower order.” Just how that order is decided is never explained. If that reasoning is carried to its logical conclusion (and this is often presented as a creationist’s retort) there has to be a first cause.
If a first cause is identified (and evolutionists have yet to do that) they are still obligated by their own logic to explain how that first cause came to be. After a while it becomes like trying to string popcorn while it is cooking and deciding which ones were to be first onto the string.
What evolutionists actually do is to haphazardly pick up at some assumed point and make assertions in both directions—all the while without observing or producing a shred of pure unadulterated evidence of change outside of adaptations that were pre-existing within a species. All of their evidence is so thickly buttered with biased interpretations that it is like putting lipstick on a pig.
What I am saying is that they begin with an assumption and never give up on it regardless of the evidence or lack of evidence. They willfully ignore the obvious for the fantasy. The heavens declare God’s creative glory and they refuse to see it. As someone has said, they cannot see the sun because the sun’s own brightness obscures it from natural view.
They cannot see it because the work of God is not understood by human intelligence. We are limited to discovery only. We are incapable of understanding and explaining origins. It is not possible for our human intelligence to operate outside of our small boxes of discovering what already exists. We can only discover what already is. Forming or decrypting new things from nothing is not our privilege. We only have what exists and that will explain God to us very well unless we decide we do not want to acknowledge God in our thoughts. Then, we are no better off than trying to string together—in sequence—the exploded kernels in a pot of popcorn as it cooks.
There is one other area of intelligence that the natural mind cannot grasp. It is in the spiritual realm. It is possessed only by mankind (not animals) and can only be activated when the soul is in right relationship with Christ as Savior. It is there that spiritual things are actually understood by the spiritual mind. The carnal mind can never comprehend spiritual things because it is darkened by rebellion’s ignorance. A blind man can stare his entire life at the mountains and valleys and never once see them. He may declare they do not exist because he has never seen them. It is not that they do not exist. The man is blind and cannot see what is there before him.
Faith is the blind man’s taking the word of a friend that they exist. There is a song we used to sing called “Beyond the Sunset.” It is said to have been written by a blind man whose friend had described a sunset to him. That man wrote about what can only be seen by those whose hearts are right with God. The Christian can see way beyond the sunset into eternal realities and aside from the natural eye.
Truly, the pride of a man goes before his own fall. He stumbles over the debris of his own failed logic especially when he must come face to face with the Creator—the real First Cause. He pitifully stumbles through life thrashing indiscriminately about in the darkness as though he were all-wise, puffing hard to keep his own punctured ego inflated enough to give the appearance of substance until he exhausts all of his own unrenewable resources and finds himself as the nothing he always was, the nothing he made himself to be when he could have been all things in Christ.
After all of the smokescreen has dissipated, the evolutionists and anyone who believes and teaches error is left standing there still unable to offer anything as good as, let alone better than, the self-evident realities that God created all that exists and that all that exists was created by God. His solutions fall far short of anything as reasonable and true as that: “The debate is over! Creation by God is a fact!” Truth is God’s alone!
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:25-31).
If it is not possible for the natural mind to compete with the basest and most foolish things of nature (of which it is a part) so as to understand what they are teaching, I find it profoundly amazing that one could be so intoxicated with his own opinion and foolhardily overconfident as to assume he knows what God knows or even more so—or that anyone would believe his outrageous claims. They become an affiliation of surreal dupes and clowns bent on self-destruction for the mere sake of self-destruction.