ever felt ashamed to admit your Biblical worldview? Even though resolute
and convinced in your heart on such matters as the Resurrection, His
Second Coming, the 6-day creation, eternal life, salvation … etc., you
nevertheless may feel cowed by the godless Leviathan of prevailing
we live in a society that arrogantly elevates its worldly wisdom to a
state of manifest superiority, therefore condemning all bona-fide,
literal, Bible-believing Christians as simpletons. In public secular
life, it is the prevailing and a priori view. Before examination …
before discussion … before any reasoning, if you are associated with a
Bible-believing perspective, by the popular mores of our culture and the
world, you are therefore presumed to be primitive and stupid.
this paradox is not new. The Bible has always recognized that this would
be the case. “The
fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). By definition, then, a world
that does not believe in God is foolish. “Where is the wise man? Where
is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made
foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20).
In fact, the Gospel was specifically designed to be acceptable to babes
and as foolishness to the wise. But yet, the worldly wise are not left
with any excuse. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible
qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made, so that men are without
excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Foolish Crowds Lead Astray
majority always right? We note that the annals of history well document
the apparent and unexplainable stupidity of societies and human crowds.
The classic work on this subject was written by the Scottish journalist
Charles Mackay in 1841,
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.[i]
Many of the stories in the book, frankly, are beyond belief, though
true. Stupidity is on display most when prospects of gain entice people
to suspend reason. Another excellent book that chronicles such
is Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A
History of Financial Crises by Charles P. Kindleberger.[ii]
how every now and then a viewpoint arises, which is so convincing and
inherently logical that it captures the crowd, and how it becomes near
impossible—psychologically, at least—to counter its premise. At such
times, an arrogance born of a seeming zombie-like consensus assumes its
position to be beyond reproach … in fact, beyond Truth itself. When that
happens, anyone holding a contrary view is thought stupid. In reality,
it is the exact opposite.
phenomenon is highly visible in financial markets, it certainly also
applies to fads in conventional wisdom. With respect to such matters as
salvation and biblical truth, the crowd—the entire world—regards them as
foolishness. However, it is the world that is foolish. “Although
they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of
the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and
animals and reptiles” (Romans 1:22-23).
then can Truth be defended, if we are seen to be contrarian simpletons?
Actually, there is little cause is to feel shame or inferior. Simple
truths and logic are all that is required. The Holy Spirit must be
relied upon to do the rest of the convicting in any case. For as the
Bible says, “From
the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of
your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger”
8:2; see also
As such, we next present 10 Conundrums. They represent a random sample
of “infant logic” (of many we could list) that trumps the worldly wisdom
of fools. They collectively are an appeal of simple logic (reasoning) to
the person who would be open to acknowledging God and His Son, Jesus
Christ and the foolishness of the world.
There is nothing to be ashamed about. As Paul, says, “I am not ashamed
of the gospel.” Why? “[…] because it is the power of God for the
salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
1. Intolerant or Not
accuses Christians of being intolerant and anti-choice. These criticisms
are designed to incapacitate credibility and discussion. However, it is
not foolish to be intolerant. To endorse tolerance implies that there
can be no absolute truths. For example, if you truly believe that 2 plus
2 is 4, then you must be intolerant to maintain that belief. We would
certainly hope that the engineers who are designing automobiles and
airplanes are intolerant on matters of the physical sciences.
of tolerance is targeted at Christianity because it endorses Truth … a
single answer … one way. Yet, the charge is wrong. The world (and many
liberal, so-called Christian leaders) insists that while there are many
ways to God, that all are going to the same place. In this respect,
Christians are pro-choice and pro-tolerance. We say that there are two
places. We do not intolerantly demand that everyone must go to the same
place. Rather, people are free to choose between the two destinations of
Heaven and Hell. God invites choice: He says “[…]
choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve […]” (Joshua 24:15).
The God of true
Christianity want you to choose Him and to choose to recognize His Son.
2. The Fossil Record
says that God is not the Creator, and that mankind evolved from slime.
According to the accepted theories of the “wise scholars,” complex life
occurred spontaneously. This primordial life advanced gradually to give
rise to the King of Apes, the human being.
without any prior indoctrination on the matter of the accepted teachings
of “evolution” would most certainly be inclined to look at the evidence
very differently. A simple child would possess the logic to refute the
theory of evolution.
does the evidence show? Thousands upon thousands of extinctions, life
forms that no longer exist, and catastrophic mass annihilations. What we
see is that many complex, developed life forms—from dinosaurs to
rodents—come to an end and not to new life. It is not a picture of new
life forms evolving, but
life forms moving to extinction.
creatures can be shown to appear suddenly in the fossil record. To this
day, there is yet no conclusive evidence of a continuum of links between
the different stages of evolving life forms that is theorized.
Palaeontologists have been digging for evidence for more than a century,
and are still no closer to having proved their godless theories. How
much more time will we allow them before calling them fools?
conclusion? There are only two choices. By process of elimination, one
must give ascendancy to the existence of God, the one that the Hebrews
called Yahweh. All life came originally from the Creator. Ever since,
all life has come from life. Nevertheless, the fool says it can’t be so,
because there is no God.
3. The Anti-You
Bang theory, which proposes how the mass of the universe could have come
from nothing, is still a popularly-received fantasy. To explain how
matter could have been created from nothing, anti-matter was invented.
Matter plus anti-matter equals zero. How convenient … and absurd. It
remains a theory as it cannot be proven, and moreover, falls woefully
short of being the ultimate answer to “beginnings.” It does not answer
why, how, or what suddenly triggered a big bang in the first place.
suppose a big bang did happen. Anti-matter must therefore be the exact
mirror image of matter, though in a different dimension. Simple logic of
babes would argue that an anti-universe must also exist. Further, it
follows that there must also be an anti-you. Somewhere there is another
you … namely, an anti-you. Should you and your anti-you ever come
together again, you would be nothing. Though this may seem comical, it
is only a logical extension of the folly of the Big Bang Theory. Even
babes would agree.
4. Proofs of False Branding
called “higher critics”) argue that the Bible is not a reliable document
and that at worst, it is either a fabrication or a product of mankind’s
progressive imagination. Says one pastor, “There’s been a virtual
consensus among scholars for the past 30 years that the Bible is not
some divine emanation […]. The authoritative Word of God For All Time is
but a human project filled with contradictions and the conflicting
worldviews and political perspectives of its authors.”[iii]
What is so
revealing is that such people (as quoted above), who hold no
significance for the Bible and deny the deity of Christ, still want to
be called Christian. Why does it not interest them to start a new
religion based on their new ideas and so-called insights? Rather, they
choose to preach “the doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1) from under
the false branding of Christianity. That betrays their true nature and
subversive agenda. The fact that this “brand substitution” occurs
primarily only with Christianity, proves that it is a faith worth
counterfeiting. Why counterfeit something that has no value?
Where would be the gain for the enemy?
5. Old Testament Provenance
Interestingly, scholars today still decry the fact that we do not have
the original autographs of any of the Scriptures. Only 60% of the Old
Testament is reliably proven, they charge. However, we have more
evidence of Christ’s existence than of any other human in the history of
mankind before … say 1500 AD. He lived. And, if so, then ponder on the
thought that while He was with us, He never saw the need to revise
anything of the Old Testament. He is not recorded to have said: “Dear
disciples, while I am here with you, there is need for a little
correction. The Old Testament has become corrupted over the years and is
full of fables. I must make some editorial corrections while I am here
with you.” This did not occur. At the threat of torture and individual
death, none of the 12 disciples admitted that such a conversation ever
is the very premise behind the impetus of Islam. Mohammed introduced his
visions some 600 years after Christ ascended, saying that he was sent to
correct the beliefs and Scriptures of the Jews and Christians. Today,
given the many manuscripts that have been found (most notably the Dead
Sea Scrolls), we know that the Scriptures did not change in the 600
years that intervened between Christ and Mohammed. As such, any
revisions that Mohammed would have been sent to make, would all have had
the endorsement of Jesus Christ. Therefore, from a Christian
perspective, both could not have been a prophet of God. In Christ’s
case, he claimed and proved that He was the Son of God.
does claim for itself the fact that it is divinely inspired. The mere
fact that it still exists today in a highly reliable and documentable
form is a miracle in and of itself. The fact that God’s Word has been
put into the grubby hands of mankind for a period of least 2500 plus
years, and still survives relatively unchanged is remarkable.
At the same
time, the fact that there have been minor transcription errors, only
helps to prove that it is indeed genuine. Were it to have been
completely without transcription flaws for such a long period of time,
this could only be due to fraudulence.
are no other ancient written works in the history of mankind that come
with such extensive provenance and proofs as the books of the Bible.
Moreover, it is also the most accurate history book of all time. Secular
scholars verify these facts, though they may not choose to believe its
words. The bottom line: If you cannot disprove that Jesus Christ existed
and validated his claims with miracles and a resurrection, then you must
at least believe the literal testimony of the Old Testament.
6. The Collective Amnesia of
identifying with an institutional religion or not, everybody is
religious in the sense that all must hold a “worldview” … namely, a
philosophy of the meaning and purpose of our life. In the end, try as
one might, he will not be able to disprove that a certain person, Jesus
Christ, existed on earth at one time. Furthermore, you will also not be
able to disprove in a court of law today that this man was crucified,
died, was buried, and was resurrected. You cannot deny these facts
without destabilizing the foundations
of the entirety of ancient history.
(247–183 BC), the Carthaginian, cross the Pyrenees
with his elephants to fight the Romans? Why, of course he did, you may
say. Indeed, on the basis of the account of Polybius (ca. 200–118 BCE),
these general events did occur. However, this would be an accepted
historical fact based on a single surviving account. There is no other
reference in any document of the antiquities that makes an earlier
reference to this event. Yet, Hannibal’s accomplishment
against the Romans is considered a proven, historical fact. This is one
of potentially thousands of examples. Then, why not consider the life
and times of Jesus Christ proven and factual? If so, then the Bible’s
Gospel must be historical fact, as well.
7. Backward Language
numerous arguments beyond count that challenge the views of atheists and
evolutionists. An interesting one is observed by linguists (scholars
that study languages). Contrary to evolutionary theory, which would
argue that human language developed slowly from primitive forms, the
exact opposite evidence is found. Not only does language appear suddenly
in the historical record (according to linguists, possibly some 20,000
years ago), but also in highly sophisticated form. In fact, the earliest
languages (extinct for the most part) are the most sophisticated. By
comparison, for example, the English that we speak today is simplistic
in structure. How is this possible if there is no God … and no Creation?
8, Atheist’s Paradox
There is no God? The fool who takes this stance, does so at great peril.
To wager that there is no God, alone is madness in terms of probability
Atheist’s Paradox is
named for the logical impossibility of proving that a greater being does
not exist. One must first become God to disprove the existence of all
other gods. If one is not God, one has no way of disproving that there
is a God.
In any case, if there is no God, mankind is lost. He is back to the
primordial slime, with no answers to the “beginning and end.” This is
the Catch-22 that terrorizes the thinking of the atheist. He or she has
Minds Explaining Randomness
hilarious observation is that people who argue that the entire universe
and all life is a result of “randomness,” will yet argue their points
with words that are obviously not randomly chosen and that occur at a
time of their choosing. They do not see the contradiction. According
to their perspective, creation and the very intelligence of humans is
the product of random events. The very occurrence of our logical
conversation with them, is therefore apparently also an accident of
randomness and total coincidence.
not come from randomness. The second law of thermodynamics (entropy) has
yet to be overturned.
10. The Answers of Evolutionism
is a religious belief system that fails to satisfactorily answer the
questions that hauntingly harbor in the souls of all mankind. Why do I
exist? What is my purpose? What happens to “me” after I die? Is my
existence meaningless? What thinking and intellectually-honest person
will not admit such thoughts? The fact that these questions even exist,
is itself a refutation of the naturalistic theories of the origin of
man. Concepts such as are revealed by these questions do not and cannot
“evolve” from primordial slime, nor are these organically transmitted
from one living organism to another.
atheist thinkers (whether scientists or philosophers) have no answer to
these “why” questions. “Why does the universe even go to the bother to
exist?” questions the famous physicist, Stephen Hawking. The fact that
all mankind has ingrained in them such concepts as “love” and “justice,”
alone proves naturalism cannot explain the inner thoughts and destinies
of man. These are ideas that evolution has neither the need nor the
means to develop. What human being does not feel wronged when some
action is deemed to be “unfair”?
society taunts literal Bible-believers as being “primitive” should they
hold the view that the theory of evolution is not supported by evidence
(which it is not). It can
only be out of a spirit that refuses to acknowledge the existence of a
loving, moral and severe God. Nevertheless, evolutionism is one of the
most dogged religions there is.
Thoughts to Ponder
questions we have posed provide an effective test of anyone’s worldview.
We have discussed 10
“randomly” selected points that are intended to encourage people’s
“reasoning” to acknowledge true Wisdom; to perhaps challenge the worldly
wisdom of the wise.
proper “reasoning” should lead us to open our hearts and minds to the
truth of the Bible, ultimately generating obedience to a personal
Savior, Jesus Christ, the fact remains that logic is not enough alone to
Why did God
require that we first believe and take the step of faith, before He will
open up the heavens and revelation to us? God, in His wisdom, has wanted
it to be so that people must first believe in Him.
people may have been provided with many proofs of Jesus Christ’s
existence, we are still called to make a choice to “believe.” “Truly,
truly I tell you, the one who believes in me has eternal life” (John
6:47). Once you have
taken the a priori position that God exists and that the Bible is His
Word, you will discover yourself to have adopted a belief framework that
is in harmony with all known truth and facts, the beginning and the end,
the purpose of the universe … the ultimate explanation of all action and
impulses … none contradicting each other.
Scripture says, only then does one come out of darkness. “I
have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
are highly functioning creatures that have been given a mind. The faith
that is compelled by the facts and proofs of the Bible does require us
to think … to reason … to process … to work out our faith. It is the
cults and the religions based on falsehoods and unsupportable
principles, that do not tolerate questions or clear thinking. They seek
to circumvent the natural defense of the mind (that being skepticism).
you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with
your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
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