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February 24, 2014

Proof of Bible’s credibility hard to get past

By Barret Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— The recent debate between atheist Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and creationist Ken Ham is a very good reminder for Christians to know why we believe what we believe.

The apostle Peter said it best nearly 2,000 years ago: “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”

I was surprised to hear Nye’s statement regarding the Genesis account of the flood, especially since he is known as “The Science Guy.” He insists that the Biblical flood is not rooted in historical fact. I find that to be strange considering the vast amounts of evidence in favor of a worldwide flood.  

For starters, every major culture around the world has reported a worldwide flood. Apologetics Press reports that most historians say there are at least 200 such legends. And evolutionary geologist Robert Schoch puts the number of “flood myths” much higher at 500, and says they are “the most widespread of all ancient myths and therefore can be considered among the oldest.”

More evidence for a worldwide flood comes from an abundance of trilobite fossils. Trilobites were a small ocean-dwelling arthropod creature. They are thought to be extinct. Their fossils measure between a millimeter to a foot long. They are segmented and resemble a roly-poly or a big centipede. Their fossils have been found on every continent on Earth. They have been discovered in deserts, the Grand Canyon, and on mountaintops all over the world. I wonder how an ocean creature could wind up in all these places, especially on mountaintops? Hmm.  

Science says that for something to be believable, you have to be able to measure it and repeat the experiment. No one has ever witnessed or measured any evolution of one species becoming another. In fact, there is no fossil evidence that one species or animal ever became a different species. That is just one reason why evolution is not believable.  

Even skeletal remains (supposed missing links or Neanderthals) have turned out to be either animal, OR human, OR manufactured hoaxes such as an orangutan jawbone attached to a human skull. But none has proven to be a half-man, half-ape creature. Those are facts the textbooks and museums probably don’t divulge.

According to science’s own standards, the Big Bang Theory can’t even be true, because something cannot come from nothing. Therefore, something had to have always existed. Obviously, a Christian believes that the “something” is God.

As for the speed of light … we don’t know how fast it goes in deep space. In fact, recently, lab experiments have shown that the speed of light is NOT constant. And thanks to the 1988 discovery of a World War II plane buried under 250 feet of ice in Greenland, the freeze and thaw scientific measurements used to determine glacier age have melted! Seems they didn’t take into consideration what Oklahomans already knew, that Old Man Winter can snow and thaw multiple times in the same year.

Bottom line, the Big Bang Theory and Darwin’s theory of evolution and the Bible’s account of creation each requires faith. It is true that by scientific measurements, the universe might be billions of years old. But for me, I am going to side with the Bible’s account of creation, that it took six days to create everything fully mature, and that by the Bible’s timeline, about 6,000 years has passed since then. Have a great week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or barrett@fggcc.org.