Defending God's Word in a Modern Science World or It's Sad When Your Own Kids Can't Defend Your Word
By Gary S. Hatrick
Those who put their faith in "science" and not in God have mocked believers using pseudo-science as their basis. Christians, not having the faith, or perhaps courage, to stand up for the Word of God, have cowered before the arrogant proclamations of pseudo-science.
Ashamed and embarrassed, they have stood by with reddened faces as proponents of Evolution, the Big Bang, Intelligent Design, or whatever model was fashionable dismissed them as believers in fairy tales, lemmings, and fools. Like a stammering victim of a bully, they try to reconcile the Bible to science while science still laughs them to scorn. In trying to make peace with the enemies of God, they compromise God's Word. The first victim of this compromise is the book of beginnings, the Book of Genesis.
Genesis is the foundation of Christianity. Our eternal life is based on the inspired Word of God whose first lines are: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." If the first nine chapters of Genesis can be dismissed as untrue, then so can the entire body of Scripture. That is, of course, what the enemy is counting on.
Without Genesis, we don't learn how death came to be through the first sin of our first father consequently, there is no need for a Redeemer and there is no first promise of a Redeemer. What has been called the "Scarlet Thread of Redemption" begins in Genesis. There is no Worldwide Flood chronicling how God judged the world for sin. How He rescued eight persons in an ark that is a type of Christ in that only those in the ark escape God's judgment, and God Himself seals them in. We lose the promise of the rainbow, which, despite modern interpretations, signifies the tender mercy of God given so we don't cower in fear every time we feel a raindrop.
If a shadow can be cast on the first nine chapters of Genesis, the whole book becomes suspect. We have no Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob; no 12 tribes of Israel, and especially no tribe of Judah through whom came the Christ. The question of Isaac, "Where's the lamb? does not echo through history until John the Baptist cries: "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
Even Christ become suspect as He Himself specifically referred to those early chapters of Genesis, twice, in Matt. 19:1-6 and Matt. 24:36-39. He apparently didn't know as much as the pseudo-scientists know. (By the way, those who reject Genesis usually reject the historical narrative of Jonah as well - another impossible story that Jesus Himself corroborates.)
You see, if the world cannot get us to deny the faith it will do the next best thing. It will get us to compromise the faith. Christians, having no answer to the charges made by pseudo-science, have fled the battle and returned with theories and explanations that "make it plausible" that both the Bible and so-called scientific discoveries are true. The Day-Age Theory, the Gap Theory, and Theistic Evolution have been very successful attempts at getting Christians, not to deny the creation of man but to make it in the world's image.
When I say pseudo-science, I don't mean true science. There is a true science. That should indeed be the case because God is the Inventor and Creator of science. Science should simply be our discovery of some of the ways of God. Therefore if someone observes something in the realm of science and it does not fit a detail that God has told us in His Word. It is not true. We're missing something. Science must be reconciled to the Bible, not the Bible to science.
A strong statement? Yes, but remember, "Without faith it is impossible to please God." (Hebrews 11:6)
I'm not saying you are not a believer if you believe one of the theories mentioned above. I am also not saying I think you are a coward, but I do think you are being deceived. Pseudo-science is the same old lie with which the devil broadsided Adam and Eve re-worded: "Indeed has God said ...?"
Well, yes, He has, and Christian, you owe it to yourself to know what he said and how to counter the claims of pseudo-science. More than that, you owe it to Him in obedience. He has said:
"And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be in dread, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame." (I Peter 3: 13-16)
Note that I said you should counter, not argue. You should speak with gentleness and respect and keep a good conscience, but you should speak.
If you don't know how, learn how. You are not alone, there are many thousands who have not bowed the knee to pseudo-science.