Bible and History
Why It Matters! - Testing What God Has Told Us
True faith is blind faith is phrase I have heard from some people over the years and it couldn’t be more wrong. God wants us to test those things we hear and read to see if they are true, Prove all things, keep that which is good, 1Thessalonians 5:21.
The Bible is a book that calls for faith, but it is also a book that gives us many ways to test its truthfulness. One of the more foolish things that evolutionists say is that Creation is not a testable idea. God tells us in Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: In this verse God is telling us that we can see, test and prove His actions in His Creation and that is precisely what we do see all around us.
God tells us ten times in the first chapter of Genesis that He made each creature after its kind, making it clear that plants and animals could not evolve from one kind of creature into another, a lesson in Biblical biology. Greeks by around 500 BC had formulated the basic beliefs of evolutionism. With the increased knowledge of biology available today, both the ancient Greek ideas about evolutionism and Darwin’s plagiarizing of their ideas in 1859 have been shown to be the nonsense that the Bible told us they were over 6,000 years ago.
In both Genesis 22:17 and Jeremiah 33:22 God tells us that the stars are as numerous the sand on a seashore, in other words an uncountable number. The ancient Greeks numbered the stars at just over 1000. In the last 200 hundred years astronomy has finally caught up with the Bible as it now tells us that there are trillions of stars in the Universe.
The Bible is a book that requires faith to both believe it and to understand it, what it does not require is for us to
cease to critically examine the evidence of the world around us. One of the saddest things that I have read
recently is a sermon by a Pastor Jeffrey DeYoe of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Palm Coast, Florida. In his sermon for “evolution Sunday”, an event which was set up by those promoting compromise between the Bible and evolutionism, DeYoe says that those who believe that the Bible is a history of Creation are in “intellectual darkness”. He says that “In an ignorant tantrum, the evangelical church to this day continues to discredit Darwin and evolution in a sensationalistic tabloid manner; and the process of new scientific discovery for the good of humanity is continually called into question by various Christian factions that incredibly believe that God gave us magnificent minds that we are not supposed to use.” The absurdity of that statement can be seen by looking at the Creation Store on Project CREATION’s web site. There are dozens of books, many by authors with PhD’s from a variety of scientific disciplines, and none of them are written “in a sensationalistic tabloid manner”. But DeYoe has to cast those who actually takes God’s Word seriously as ignorant yokels rather than have a real discussion on the issues involved, because then the scientific case for Creation could be presented.
Of course the real tragedy of people like DeYoe is that some people in his church will actually believe him. This will result in one of two reactions, those who are logical will come to the conclusion that if the Bible is nothing more than a book of Jewish fairytales, then why pay attention to what it says about anything. Those who just want to play church will continue to attend so that they can listen to the music, go to church parties and practice a little “feel goodism”.
The Bible warns us about this situation, as it does in so many cases, when it says Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2Timothy 3:7, Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, Romans 1: 22-23. God hates compromise. Jesus makes clear when He said, Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23. Jesus tells us throughout the Bible that the test of discipleship is not whether someone says they are Christian, but whether they actually believe what God has told them and then do what His Father commands.
Christianity does require faith, but what it never requires is for us to stop “proving all things and keeping that which is good”.