Dear YEC Friend – #9 Communication Breakdown
You say that the rules of the Bible are rigidly clear and that if Genesis doesn’t say what it means, then you are disgusted with a ‘god’ that can’t even communicate clearly enough to explain to us how the world came to be, scientifically and historically.
I think an important question to ask you would be: How important is it to you that the Bible explain how the world came to be in a way that can be verified by science and history?
In case you haven’t noticed, there are many churches and denominations. Many claim to be ‘the Church that Jesus instituted’. While they might concede that other churches also contain Truth, they are also adamantly sure that theirs is the Right one, or at very least, the closest model. And they all claim to base their beliefs and practices on the Bible. IF, as you say, the rules of the Bible are rigidly clear, why do all these churches interpret it so differently? Saying that they all basically agree on the essentials sounds very nice but is not very helpful, since we can’t even agree on what the Essentials are.
Saying “God said it, I believe it, that settles it!” does absolutely nothing when all these churches and denominations can’t even agree on what it is that God said!
Who said that the Bible is a science book? I know that some young-Earth Creationist organisations (Answers in Genesis, Creation Ministries International, Institute for Creation Research, to name but a few) believe that it is and even try to prove that science fits the Bible. But, I must say, as a science book, the Bible is severely lacking. I don’t know of anyone who uses solely the Bible to study scientific matters.
Who said that the Bible is a history book? Sure, it contains genealogy and historical accounts, but there are contradictions. These contradictions are not trivial. In Genesis 1, we see that Man is God’s last creative act. In Genesis 2, Man comes before plants and animals, and then comes Woman. In Genesis 6:19-20, “God” commands Noah to take two of every kind of animal into the ark, but in Genesis 7:2-3, “the LORD” tells Noah to take seven pairs of clean animals and one pair of unclean animals, and seven pairs of birds. (This was before the Law was given, so how Noah knew what were ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ animals is a mystery!) According to 1 Samuel 17, it is David who kills Goliath. But, in 2 Samuel 21:19, it is Elhanan. If God is supposedly such a great communicator, then these contradictions should not exist.
It takes an incredible amount of mental twists and turns to explain away the contradictions. I am not saying that these contradictions (or apparent contradictions) cannot be explained. Of course they can! Many people have done so and concluded that voila! there are no contradictions at all. But again, if God is such a great communicator, then there shouldn’t even be any apparent contradictions.
To re-iterate: How important is it to you that the Bible explain how the world came to be in a way that can be verified by science and history?
Blessings to you.