Yesterday I spent the day catching up on the Bill Nye / Ken Ham debate on Creationism. I don’t know about y’all, but a lot of that stuff flew clear over my head. All that talk about neutrons becoming protons, observational science versus historical science, fossils and layers of sedimentary rock – yeah, not exactly my forte. To this day, I don’t understand dimensional analysis or organic chemistry or why people get excited about rocks (no offense to all the geologists out there).
During the debate, the following question was posed to Ken Ham: What, if anything, would ever change your mind?
Before I tell you his response, let me ask you the same question: If you believe in God, if you believe He created the world and everything in it, if you believe that Jesus came to this earth to die on the Cross for your sins so that you could enjoy life eternal with Him, what would ever cause you to believe otherwise? And for those of you who aren’t Christian – what would cause you to believe in His existence, His sovereignty, His love for you?
Perhaps the easier question to answer would be the latter. If God came down and raised a dead person back to life right before our eyes, maybe then we would believe. Or if He made rain and fire to coexist, maybe that would be the turning point. Or even still, if He actually struck someone down with a lightening bolt as we stood watching, perhaps that would do the trick.
We’re such a senses-dependent species. We have to look, touch, smell, feel, taste to know something is real. But we forget that concepts are not tangible. Ideas cannot be held in our hands. Is love real if we can’t see it? And no, showing you love someone with your actions is not the same as what I’m referring to. Can you physically hold love in your hands? Does it have a structure you can see with your eyes? Does it give off an aroma that your nose can pick up on? No. It can do none of the above. And yet, we believe in love, don’t we? We know it exists. Some of us claim to possess it, to know it, to feel it. But it goes against all logic if we’re sticking to the claim that reality is only those things which can be observed by the senses.
Now for the former question. If you are a Believer, what would ever make you doubt the faith? Christians everywhere are squirming as they read this. “Doubt the faith? No, never!”
Let’s be real y’all. Everyone doubts. And if you’ve NEVER questioned your faith, then perhaps it’s time to do some self-examination. If you aren’t questioning, are you really believing? Have you made this faith your own or is it still the faith of your parents? I don’t say any of this in pride, but out of love. I say this because it took me a long time to believe what I believe because I believe it (and not because it’s what I was taught my whole life). This world, quite frankly, forces us to question things. It just happens. It’s part of growing. When you were a kid, did you ever wonder if your parents would forget to pick you up from school? I had a friend who would always sing this song while waiting for her ride:
“My mommy comes back, she always comes back, she always comes back to get me. My mommy comes back, she always comes back, she never will forget me!”
At some point, I must have started singing along with her… because I don’t know how I still remember that song! But the point is, when your parents picked you up, that completely removed the doubt that had been in your mind before. It solidified the idea that you could trust your parents. Such is every relationship. And Christianity is exactly that – a relationship with Christ.
Honestly though, doubt can be a good thing. Questioning is good. But you can’t just let your brain stop there. What good are questions if you don’t seek the answers for them? What good is doubting if you don’t seek to know things for sure. If you’re still reluctant to give thought to the question above, I’ll make it easy for you. Things that have caused me to question my faith: death, suffering, destruction, war, the human heart (like for real though – we are some pretty messed up folks!), cancer, abuse, natural disasters, and everything else that happens in this world that I cannot explain. That last one pretty much sums it all up. The things that have made me doubt are all things I cannot explain. Because in all honesty, I feel like I should be able to answer all of life’s questions. I feel like I’m entitled to that kind of knowledge and understanding. You see, we humans are a very prideful, arrogant, snotty bunch. We’re control freaks. All of us. No exceptions. When we can’t explain things to the world around us (or to ourselves), we find ourselves questioning our faith. And that’s normal. But remember: questioning must not end there. Questioning must lead to seeking truth. And know this, friends: if you are truly seeking answers, the Lord will not withhold them from you.
Ken Ham’s response:
“Well, the answer to that question is: I’m a Christian. And as a Christian, I can’t prove it to you. But God has definitely shown me very clearly His Word and shown Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible is the Word of God. I admit that that’s where I start from… I can’t ultimately prove that to you. All I can do is to say to someone, ‘Look, if the Bible really is what it claims to be, if it really is the Word of God and that’s what it claims, then check it out. The Bible says that if you come to God believing that He is, then He will reveal Himself to you and you will know. As Christians we can say, ‘We know.’ So as far as the Word of God is concerned, no, no one’s ever going to convince me that the Word of God is not true.”
Wherever you are in life – whether you are a Christian or not – understand this: When you seek Truth, you will find it.
What, if anything, would ever change your mind about the existence and sovereignty of God? What, if anything, would ever change your mind about the love He has for you, about the great sacrifice that He made for you?
If you don’t know the Lord, let go of the idea that He has to be something that can be scientifically proven with mathematical equations and the laws of physics. He is not something that you can study in a laboratory or recreate on your computer screen. He is far bigger than anything you could ever imagine. And really, what good is having a god you totally understand? What good is having a god who ISN’T so far beyond the limits of your understanding? Such a god would be equivalent to us – which wouldn’t be a god at all. The God of the Universe is BEYOND you. Stop trying to change that, stop trying to find your way around that. There is no loophole here. He’s bigger. He’s real. No human can prove this to you. But if you seek Truth, you WILL find Him.
If you do know the Lord, let go of the idea that having questions, doubting, struggling with trying to understand Him is going to earn you a one-way ticket to hell. It’s okay to admit that you have your doubts. It’s okay to admit that you don’t understand Him. It’s okay that you don’t have all the answers. You’re not supposed to. That’s why He is who He says He is. Because He is all, knows all, understands all. But trying to fit the entire knowledge of the Lord into our pea-sized heads would fry our brains to a crisp. When going through a season of doubt or questioning, remember that the Lord will reveal Himself to you if you genuinely seek Him. Remember that He grows us through these trying times. Understand that there is always a purpose – even in the times we feel lost and confused. Seek Him and you WILL find Him. And before long, you’ll find yourself saying Ken Ham’s words with full confidence: “I’m a Christian… No one’s ever going to convince me that the Word of God is not true.”
Stand firm in Him, friends.