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Thursday, April 06, 2006


I suppose things come in waves and currently there have been several topics arise that have challenged and at times downright condemned the Christian faith and traditional Christian views as being old school and out of date.

The soon release of The Jesus Papers, a book that will "expose the greatest cover-up in history" relating to the divinity of Christ.

A researcher has discovered that perhaps the Sea of Galilee was frozen during the time of Christ, which of course explains how He was able to walk on water.

And most recently, fossils of a "transitional type" have been discovered somewhere in Canada. This is throwing heated criticism to the creationist point of view, citing that one of the major points of debate for pro-creation theorists is that there are no solid transitional fossils showing the evolution from fish to land animals. Darwin himself said that if these fossils were never found that his own theory would be in trouble. Well, they are saying that they found one.

Dang, I guess I will give up this whole church deal then.

But seriously, I believe that Christians have to find the line between educating themselves on what is happening and becoming so overwhelmed with all this stuff that we are robbed of the joy that comes from Christ and following Him. It is not enough to say, who cares, I have faith and nothing that happens is going to make me think any differently. I believe we owe our Faith a better defense than that. But, at the end of the day, the Christian does in fact rely on our faith and the indwelling Spirit to sustain us and correct us and to live the life we are called to live.


Blogger Pastor Scott Stiegemeyer said...

As one who is called to preach the gospel and one who is interested in apologetics, I appreciate your post. I have two thoughts.

First, our faith is founded on facts. So history matters. Geology matters. Scientific observation matters. None of this would matter if we were Buddhists because their faith is not grounded in world history, time and space. But for the Christian, the incarnation of the Son of God changes everything. We have faith, not as an act of the will or the power of positive thinking, but because the stuff we confess truly happened.

Second, St. Peter exhorts us to be ready to give an answer when we are asked about the hope we have (doing so with gentleness and respect). Being ready to give an answer might mean keeping up with current events, thinking about how things fit into a biblical worldview, etc.

April 07, 2006 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

If the sea was frozen how was the water tossing the boat around?

They have found transitional fossils before. Oddly enough they have always turned out to be wrong and they are not transitional or it has been an outright hoax.

I will go with the book that has been proven time and time again.

April 07, 2006 8:32 PM  
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