Oh, blind man, heal yourself.
If you don’t know me, my life, or my testimony, let me tell you: I hated God. I am (reluctant to admit) highly intelligent, mathematically oriented, creative, and can understand intensely advanced astrophysical concepts.
In fact, I studied astrophysics in college … for fun. Yeah, you read that right.
I understand ‘dark matter’ and ‘black hole theories’ and, of course, the Big Bang (theory). I also ‘knew’ that evolution (theory) was true.
I never questioned it. I never looked at the evidence. I didn’t have to; scientists claimed it was true and what they presented made sense. I simply ignored the fact that their ‘evidences’ were flimsy, at best. Deliberately skewed and manipulated, at worse.
I believed based on nothing more than blind faith.
What Kind of Faith Should Christians Have?
That’s an interesting question. I’m glad you asked.
Let me hold onto this Theory of Evolution for a moment. If you believe in it, the main question should be: ‘why?’
No scientist has ever witnessed a new species developed through evolution. No mutation that any scientists has ever observed to date has led to an increase in genetical material (a fundamental necessity for a lower life form to become a higher form).
It’s never happened.
In fact, every observable study done on mutations shows the same thing: genetic material decreases.
What about carbon dating? Also known as C-14 dating, it is also fundamentally flawed. Did you know that because of C-14’s decay rate (half-life), it’s useless for measuring age of organisms older than 75,000 years (purportedly)? There’s also Selenium-23 and Potassium-40, which -according to scientists- has a half-life of 1.25 billion years.
How in the world can we be certain of that? Don’t get me started.
But we’ve been told that dinosaurs are 65 million, 100 million, and even 300 million years old based on these dating methods. None of this takes into account environmental factors, such as volcanic eruptions (which, interestingly enough, caused scientists to date a pine tree at 45 million years old, even though it had been alive in 1980 …
… huh? It was slammed over by ash from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1981), floods (think: Noah), and even meteors.
To say these dating methods are flawed is a dramatic understatement, yet scientists cling to them like a kid gripping his books walking through a tough neighborhood.
What about that first single cell organism? You know, the one that just happened to jump into existence at the perfect confluence of base elements and gases and maybe a lightning strike.
We hear about DNA all the time; it’s the blueprint for life. Within a single strand of DNA is all the information to build a lifeform, including its species, skin, hair, eye color, etc. DNA by itself is useless. It needs the RNA to tell the cell to produce the protein that then builds life.
That’s a lot to come together at once … oh, randomly, no less.
Yet science merely claims these two key components came together by random chance (the blueprint and the molecule to decode the blueprint) in that single cell. What an accident!
These are just a few simple examples that highlight just how much a belief in evolution really is a leap of blind faith.
Christians are not called to have that kind of blind faith. In fact, Peter tells us in his epistle, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15).
Do you know the reason for your faith? If it’s blind, that can be a troublesome thing because if you have no foundation, what happens when the rains fall and the winds blow?
Also important is how could you answer a seeker or skeptic who asks you about the hope you have?
What Are the Evidences?
I’ll give you a clue: it’s not found in emotional reactions and “personal experiences.” Those may be part of how God revealed Himself to you, but evidence is more concrete, measurable, and testable.
I’m not going to dive into specific evidences in this blog, but Frank Turek and J. Warner Wallace do a great job of unpacking and explaining a lot of it through CrossXamined. Also Ken Ham has great resources, as do Sean and Josh McDowell.
What I will say is that the gospels give eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection. A lot of naysayers try to claim that Jesus is merely a myth, but the majority of respected and noted historians (including atheists and believers of other religions) overwhelmingly agree that He was, in fact, a real historical person and that He was crucified on order of the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate.
These are historical facts that can be traced all the way back to the time of His crucifixion.
Was He raised? You have to decide that for yourself. Me? As analytical as I am, I can’t come to any other reasonable conclusion why dozens, even hundreds, of men and women would subject themselves to arrest, imprisonment, torture, and even death in the most brutal ways (even the potential death of their own children) for something they would have known was a lie (if it didn’t happen).
These were people who claimed to have witnessed the risen Christ. Are you going to die for a lie? Not likely, especially if you’re being tormented first. A lot of people actually admit to things they didn’t even do when under duress.
Yet that’s exactly what the apostles and hundreds more faced and endured to spread word of the Resurrection.
People seriously want to believe these men and women lied and maintained it under that much pressure (oh, and for no personal gain)? No thank you. It doesn’t jibe.
It ain’t ‘woke.’
Yet that’s what unbelievers want you to think. Just because they wish to remain blind doesn’t make the evidence go away.
The evidence is there, but as God said, ‘though they have eyes they will not see and though they have ears they will not hear’ (Pslam 135, Mark 8, Acts 28).
If you’re still searching for Truth, we’re here to help. Reach out. God is.