Happy Fourth of July, Reader Friends! This is David Telbat with an Author Reflection for you. If you share the gospel often, then you cross people who use worldly intimidation tactics to make you feel foolish and small. Christians are mocked for defying the status quo. And God is sneered at because the Bible defies public opinion and evolution and modern moral values. Are you intimidated?
A War on Science?
In the National Geographic Magazine March 2015 issue, the cover was labeled with an article titled, “The War on Science.” They listed those who believe in Creation along with those who deny that mankind landed on the moon, and those who don’t get their children vaccinated. For the record: I am a Christian. I believe we landed on the moon, and I don’t believe that macro evolution from species to species ever happened.
Such magazine articles, or other worldly means, try to intimidate Christians to whistle a different tune, but don’t be daunted. The Bible isn’t at war with science—just bad science.
You don’t have to be a Scientist
I’m not a scientist, and my voice isn’t very loud, but God gave me a little brain and He provided us with a simple Bible. My simple Bible says God created all things, and life will “yield seed after its own kind.” (See Genesis 1:11,12,21) As it turns out, that’s what our scientific experience tells us in the world today—that specific life comes from specific life. (I.e.: monkeys share monkey parents, not fish parents. Ever.)
When it comes to my simple brain, I know that the Second Law of Thermodynamics says that all things are breaking down, not improving. This is called entropy, or increasing disorder. Evolution is the increasing order in a species, or the increasing improvement for its environment. Thus, you don’t have to be a scientist to know macro evolution defies science itself. You don’t have to have a big brain; just a ten dollar almanac with a page that reads, “Basic Laws of Physics.”
Big Brain, Little Brain
If you are a Christian, then you are said to have a “little brain.” We are said to lack the answers to big questions in life. This, again, simply isn’t so. We can easily address the questions in this world, but our concerns aren’t of this world.
At the end of a man’s life, on his deathbed, his curiosities aren’t consumed by missing links (which are still missing, by the way), or why Mount St. Helens “created” mini-Grand Canyons in minutes instead of millions of years.
Rather, at the end of a man’s (or woman’s) life, he wants to know how he can feel secure about the afterlife when his conscience is so burdened. And he wants to know why he waited until his deathbed to ask these important questions.
You, the Christian, may not be able to explain in technical terms why the moon only has inches of dust on its surface when evolutionists predicted several feet of dust (discovered when man really landed on the moon). But you can explain why God became a Man to rescue sinners from condemnation. You can explain how a man’s conscience can be cleansed by the forgiveness of God, through faith in what Christ fully accomplished. You can explain that the purpose of life is for a person to be a vessel for God’s good use, and thereby enter eternity with confidence.
You don’t need a big brain, just a simple Bible and a little brain. Don’t be intimidated. Keep standing strong, Christian brothers and sisters. And pray for those with big brains.
See you on the path!
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COMING UP: Join us on MONDAY for another D.I. Telbat short story, “Going and Letting Go.” And next WEDNESDAY, David has the first of three lessons from the Book of Jeremiah in, “God Remembers Your Devotion.”