If the Bible is true, why do so many people reject it?
If the Bible is true, then why do some of the smartest men, like Einstein and most other scientists today reject it as mythology?
This is a good question and one that, I believe, causes many people to totally ignore and trivialize the Bible and ultimately causes them to ignore and trivialize the gospel. After all, it is reasoned, scientists have sent man to the moon, conquered many diseases and improved our lifestyle beyond imagination. For example, the Bible's teaching of a real six-day creation and a straightforward reading of Genesis is unthinkable to any scientist because it contradicts all that we've learned with our amazing scientific accomplishments. Or does it? Actually, it does not. Ironically, all that we have learned in science has only confirmed the Bible and weakened any other belief to replace it like evolution. Evolution survives, however. How? It survives on censorship, not science.
It is so important for the public to understand that pure, unbiased science does not exist when it comes to a scientific evaluation of the Bible or topics like origins. Is it not true that when you watch a public television show about such topics that the supernatural explanation of the Bible is treated as mythology and the viewer is assured that there is a naturalistic interpretation for everything? This is because of the commitment in science to naturalism, the doctrine that the mechanistic laws of nature are adequate to explain all phenomena. Thus it redefines science to prohibit any non-naturalistic explanation.
It is true that the majority of scientists reject a literal translation of the Bible, but it is also true that the majority did not make it on the ark. Majority opinion does not determine truth. This is hard for Americans to understand since in our culture opinion polls seem to decide truth. It is essential that we understand that scientists are under the blinding control of their presuppositions and this causes them to abandon reason. It is time for this to stop. I. L. Cohen stated, "It is not the duty of science to defend the theory of evolution and stick by it to the bitter end…If creation by outside superintelligence is the solution to our quandary, then let's cut the umbilical cord that tied us down to Darwin for such a long time. It is choking us and holding us back."
It is also time for the church to equip itself to expose the "so-called" science of our age. We must be willing and equipped to call sin sin. Jesus was. He hurled a scathing rebuke at those who were scientifically learned but biblically ignorant. He said in Luke 12:54-56: "…When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out. And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'It will be a hot day,' and it turns out that way. You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, by why do you not analyze this present time?" Thus, we must become aware of the danger in accepting science that seems to contradict the Bible. Or even worse, we must guard against the temptation to accommodate science by adding evolution to the Bible with unbiblical and dangerous ideas like the day age theory, theistic evolution, progressive creation, etc. Such concepts incorporate the Bible into failed science and thus seem acceptable to Bible-believers because their guard is down. These schemes also tend to weaken one's faith by making it so poorly grounded that according to Dr. Bert Thompson, "it cannot sustain either itself or them through life's trials and tribulations. The price we have paid for being scientifically learned but biblically ignorant has been far too high. Sadly, all of this could have been avoided if we had simple heeded Paul's admonition to "give diligence to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15).
It is true that biblical scientists are outspent and outnumbered. However, even with their limited means and many obstacles they are making great strides. Bible confirming research on granite at Stone Mountain that I mentioned last week is a great example. Regarding Einstein and other scientists it is important to know that most of the founders of modern science started with a Christian presupposition. I am out of space and will address this in more detail later.
Finally, we can be sure many scientists will continue to force the issue with topics like evolution and will continue to deny the Bible and its truth. We must be equipped to defend our Creator, our God because if we do not we are in sin.12/30/00
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen