"If there be any mistake in the Bible, there may well be a thousand. If there be one falsehood in that book, it did not come from the God of truth." John Wesley - Journal, Wed., July 24, 1776.
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Why am I writing this? I have read a few books on evolution. They make sense and there is an intellectual integrity to the theory, but, I will always try and see the other side. I am continously trying to attack the opinions I hold, testing them to ensure they are still valid. I had heard that there were people who could show evolution couldn’t have occurred. This intrigued me, so I went in search of their ideas. All the proponents of these ideas were Christian, so I expected to find honest people in search of Truth. What I read appalled me. Some of the things said (like the claim that evolution contradicts the 2nd law of thermodynamics – something that anyone with a slight grasp of science can see is false) showed the authors were either (a) ignorant of the basics of Evolution or (b) were deceiving people to seduce them away from this ‘heretical’ theory.
If the answer is (a) then they shouldn’t be writing on a subject without a little research. If it is (b) then they are deliberately lying. The implications shocked me. Christians were using fraudulent material to convert people. I wondered how these people would feel if I lied about the Bible. That led me to read it, which I had been doing in a haphazard manner for years anyway. I had noticed inconsistencies and things obviously nonsense in it, like Noahs Flood, but hadn’t taken it seriously before. Now I read it again, searching it for the Truth, which should be there clearly if it is the word of an omniscient God. The Bible should present the Truth without error and in an understandable form. There should be no part in it that disagrees with anything science, history or archaelogy has discovered.
I have discussed evolution with a few Christians. Once again, I find myself getting angry because of their arguments are from ignorance of the theory of evolution. It has been said to me, a number of times, that evolution is just a belief, and that to support it is a direct attack on their Faith.
Assuming, for the sake of argument, that Evolution is just a belief, then how can these people justify themselves in attacking another faith without knowing anything about it. If you read this essay, then you may not believe my interpretation, but I hope it will become clear that I have read and studied The Bible. If I was saying that Christianity is wrong because Christ was born in the 1930’s and I can find no record of any crucifixion 33 years later, people would laugh and tell me to do a little research. That is all I ask of Christians. If anyone has a reason why they do not believe in Evolution, then I will willingly listen, but I will want references to show where their evidence comes from. Likewise, if I write anything, or say anything which I cannot give references for, I would be very pleased for this to be brought to my attention.
Evolution is Science, though. It has had to stand up every day since 1859 to the same close scrutiny and peer review that Physics and Chemistry do, and which the Creationist theories do not. Not all biologists agree on the mechanisms of Evolution, and there are very many Christians who believe in the Bible and Evolution, including the Pope1 but I would be very interested to learn of a non-Christian biologist who has fundamental doubts about it.
When I ask the following questions, I am often told that God is beyond human conception, that I cannot hope to have all my questions answered. To this I say that if God cannot come down to my level and explain himself to me, then I cannot accept him as my personal saviour. If he cannot answer my questions, what sort of Personal God is he?
If The Bible is the inspired word of God, the answers to these questions should be available within the scriptures, without recourse to speculation or explanation.
2 Timothy 3 Says:
16: All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17: that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Peter 1 says:
20: First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation.
The word of the Bible must stand alone without interpreting it. If the Bible doesn’t say it, it didn’t for a reason. If the Bible says it, then it should be the clear and obvious truth.
I have had to just concentrate on a few of the many things that I find strange in the Bible. If anyone can explain all of these to satisfy a curious mind, I would love to hear them, and then I will be able to ask all the other questions.
A warning, the following essay has a lot of negative things said about Christ and Christianity. It also is written in rather a provocative style. I do not apologise for this, as I am not a subtle person, but, if you feel that Religion shouldn’t be dealt with in this manner, or if you feel that questions like this shouldn’t be asked, then do not read on.
All the Biblical quotes are from the Revised Standard Version, unless otherwise stated.
1Address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 22 Oct 1996
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