In this five-part series on apologetics, Dr. Dick Jones provides a number of useful insights via a letter to Clare, a real person. Beyond its hoped-for impact on her life, this offering from the Truth of God’s word was written so as to be equally useful for today’s Christian adults, the majority of whom have been philosophically enslaved to a faulty belief system. (This is part three of a five part series.)
Review of 2: The very important subject of epistemology can’t be fully appreciated until we know about the modern legend of evolution. Atheists and those who don’t like God are almost always taught to believe in evolution, so, they miss out on epistemology – and on God.
Christians say that the earth and our bodies are well-designed by an intelligent creator. But, the angry-at-God people, evolutionists, and others who try to influence us in harmful ways say that there’s no such creator. Besides the “swampy pond” theory, here are three more stories they use to try and get us to believe we come from evolution, not from God: The “Big Bang Explosion,” “Favorable or Good Mutations,” and that “We act by instinct only, not by reason and logic.”
1. The “Big Bang” says that everything – stars, planets, even space itself – began billions of years ago when some teeny-tiny particle smaller than a pinhead became restless, unstable and exploded. Really? Let’s challenge that: The universe had to have a start-point way back when there was nothing at all. Modern research shows that – just like when an old machine goes to the junk yard – the universe is wearing out and running down (quite rapidly) towards an end-point or death-point. So, think of it this way: They’re always asking us with much sarcasm where our “imaginary” start-point God came from. So, in fairness can’t we ask the same thing about their tiny particle? But, they won’t tell because they can’t. Their particle and its explosion are strictly imaginary, based on guesses and on faith – not on true, laboratory-repeatable science.
2. Mutations are unpredictable changes of molecules inside the DNA of cells. They’re rare and harmful to the body almost every time, yet evolutionists say enough “good” ones do happen over “millions of years” so that we humans slowly became better and smarter and can now account for thinking and knowing even without God. Liberal-biased textbooks talk about “millions” because it’s the only way evolution gets the huge amount of time needed for favorable mutations to slowly occur. But, neither the millions of years nor the mutation theories are testable science. You can’t experiment in a lab to prove about a million years, and you can’t observe, in a lab, any super-slow mutations or any favorable mutations that might be occurring in nature.
When evolutionists try to get us to go along with mutations and millions of years, they also make the famous mistake of “circular reasoning.” Here’s an example: “Bill’s hardware store is the best one in town because it’s much better than Jim’s.” But, that’s just an opinion, not true proof about either store. It’s like saying, “Bill’s store is the best one because it’s the best one.” (But, it’s not circular to say, “Bill’s store was better than Jim’s last year because his products do a better job, are cheaper and they last longer.) Evolutionists use circular reasoning on you and me when they say “evolution over millions of years is the best explanation for life because everyone knows it’s true.” But, that’s circular just like the Bill’s store example. Just saying it does not prove it’s true.
3. Evolution says that since we’re “animals” (Homo sapiens), we act by animal instinct with no planning or deep thinking going on. However, instinct really is true for actual animals. It’s God’s purpose for birds to fly south, for bees to collect pollen and bears to go into winter dens. Animals might seem to have purpose, but they really don’t care, in depth, about the future of their species; it’s about their instinct for short term survival and/or pleasure. When scientists call us “animals” it’s the same thing as saying we don’t have important, in-depth purposes either. You’re born, you die, and that’s it. Here today – gone tomorrow. It’s funny during class when angry-at-God people teach that brains are just a glob; that thinking and knowing don’t come from Him, and that our only kind-of, sort-of, human semi-purpose is to stay alive as best we can. But, to do this they must temporarily forget their story that “accidental human animals have no good purpose” even as you watch them make it their purpose to teach the evolution theory of “no purpose.” They want to have it both ways – “no purpose” temporarily for the final exam, but purpose is OK again once you leave class. It’s all about wanting to get rid of the God who’s in charge of thinking and knowing; the God who made us in His image and put us here for good purposes.
Christians, on the other hand, give God full credit for planning and starting the creation in the beginning. The Bible gives a logical explanation about creation while other religions such as Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism or Native Americanism don’t. (You can look up their creation story details online.) The book of Genesis tells that God first created the heavens and the earth. Then He created plants and animals and finished up by placing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Being made “in God’s image” (Genesis 1:26) means that when God planned us, He made us a little bit like Him. We can think and know a little bit like He does because of the brain He gave us through Adam and Eve. We can be logical, use reason and make sense of things. Not as well as God can, but we can still come close, especially when we live by His rules.
Shoes, cars, trees, ideas, thoughts – everything – have to have a cause, with one exception, and that’s God who is everlasting, infinite and eternal. It makes sense that the “Causer” of the entire universe did not have a cause and was not created because then who would have created Him? But, isn’t this “Christian circular reasoning” too? Yes, but please see the next paragraph.
So, does God exist or not? Christians can’t prove it in a laboratory and must take their belief about Him on faith just like evolutionists must take their non-provable beliefs by faith. But, the bottom line is that creation did come from someplace and it wasn’t from an exploding “cosmic egg.” Explosions destroy – they don’t create. Not only that, but the universe is way too complex, well designed and orderly for it to have happened by accident. Among other things, the constant reliability of God’s physical and chemical laws, plus the earth’s exact 23.5° tilt necessary for the all-important seasonal changes help prove there is order and design in the universe, not the chaos that comes from explosions. Since faith is the key factor for both Christians and evolutionists, God simply has to exist because of the impossibility that He doesn’t! If there were no God there wouldn’t be anything, even space! The evolutionists’ faith is in a rebellious man-made, man-worshipping theory; the Christians’ faith is on the simple necessity of God having to exist.
Finally today, imagine a pair of sun glasses with red lenses. Everything looks red. Now imagine a similar pair having “Christian worldview” lenses made from Bible knowledge rather than from red plastic. The Bible tells how the creator Himself came to earth (as Jesus) to prove He is who He says He is. Even historians and writers who don’t believe in God agree that Christ, the Son of God, lived on earth and rose from the dead – the only person who ever did. With “Bible lenses,” everything, including your thoughts about life, the miracle of creation, plus understanding about knowing and thinking will appear to you the way God wants you to see them. Non-Christians can’t “see” what God wants because they wear secular or humanist lenses. “Sun” glasses help you see better in the bright light of the sun. But “Son” glasses (get it?) made from what Jesus teaches will help you see better all of the time whether in light, darkness or in between.
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