Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can you give an answer?

Wags--comics--have a new technique for ridiculing folks who believe the Bible.  It's the assertion that we "don't believe in science ."

As this nifty tomato circulates among the jeering mob, it becomes soggy and decays to the level of "don't believe in dinosaurs" or "don't believe in fossils."  Really.

Media are doing their propaganda/sales-driven job for the massive conglomerates who now own them and the government. 
(Okay, they lease the gov't.) 
Kneel Dewgrassy Tieson  is condescendingly explaining Everything to us, so we will soon have this species of peculiar people embarrassed, if not out of existence, at least into hiding.  Then we can put this laughable god/creator thing behind us.

This is the fulfillment of high level educational policies revealed in Ben Stein's classic documentary, "Expelled."

Meanwhile, there are thousands of published, professional scientists speaking out (and being ignored by media) and daily converts in every field to at least the concept of intelligent design (ID).  Unfortunately, the average "christian" in America knows even less about the Bible than he does about science, which is mostly learned through media and the educational system previously mentioned.

Most of us, though, do know some things about our brains--less than we don't know, of course,--but still enough to convince many to experiment with some of the new info about learning, memory, and cognition recent research has brought to light. Neural pathways have been shown to be something we can consciously establish and develop.  New perspectives can be taught to the brain through deliberate challenge and exercise.  Sadly, the Borg caught onto this before mankind, and most of us are already conditioned beyond recovery without help.

This, for believers, is where Scripture has so much to offer.
The Bible, itself, offers solutions to the predicament of the believing mind facing the faithless flood that is our culltour.

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,"  (2Tim.2:15) "...and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you..." (1Pet.3:15)  These verses tell us where to begin and why.

Study your Bible.  Use the helps available when you don't understand a passage.  (If you're at a computer often, an excellent resource is the Blue Letter Bible.)
Don't just skip over tough parts.  Act as though you were trying to learn more about, and how to please, Someone you love with all your heart.  The credibility of your witness is increased when it is clear you know what is, and is not in the Word.

"...Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called." (1Tim.6:20) 

"Avoiding profane and vain babblings" speaks simply to the futility of attempting a discussion with someone blasphemous, or who doesn't know what they're talking aboutJust excuse yourself politely.

That bit about "science falsely so called" is important, though.  Considerable real evidence abounds for the facts revealed in Scripture.  Simply being able to say "There's new research on that," and then citing it, is a very powerful argument turner, even for "intellectuals."

The "scientific" argument is presumptive of some knowledge of an empirical nature--something proved; yet most of these claims are specious, and easily refuted by someone who has done some homework. Reams of scientific evidence of ID have been published.  An excellent source for such info is In Six Days, subtitled "Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation."  There are many more.

Those allergic to reading can find many  audio ad video resources.  Among the best are the studies offered by Chuck Missler of, Koinonia Institute and by Answers In Genesis (regardless of the dismaying performance of Ken Ham in his "debate" with Bill Nye, the "science" guy).

Learn the Word.  Dwell in it.  Fit your brain with new neural pathways to Truth by memorizing passages you find powerful.  
Learn some actual science, and you won't be backed down by ignorant claims or assumptions.
Best of all, the sheer supernatural power of the Bible will transform your heart.

Here's a little something to get you started: