A few weeks before the writing of this article, conservative author, speaker and toaster strudel enthusiast Matt Walsh decided that the excitement over the mid-term elections has been simply too much for him, and he chose to lighten the mood for his followers on social media by spending time explaining how stupid Biblical Creationists like me are, in case they had somehow not heard directly from Bill Nye about the matter.
It seems that various Christian bloggers and podcasters were inspired by Walsh’s attempt to take Ken Ham down a peg and joined in the social media attack against not only Ken Ham personally, but all of the rest of us Young Earth Creationists by proxy.
I know you are waiting on the edge of your seat to hear what arguments they used to show the weakness of our position, but it seems that the best they could offer was ascribing to us a collection of mental and emotional deficiencies as well as an apparently weak faith which is incapable of sustaining the simplest of questions leveled at the Bible.
I guess they are saving up all of their logic, reason, evidence, and rational arguments to use against…
Mormons? Agnostic Lesbians? I don’t know. But whatever they are saving it up for must be important because they did not waste a DROP on this discussion.
Two of my favorite Christian bloggers/Podcasters spent a combined three hours in recent podcasts following Matt Walsh’s social media offerings in order to assert rather confidently- over and over- that the REASON why people like Ken Ham think they understand what the Bible says and means is because of FEAR, Paranoia, and a deep rooted desire to slap other people in the head.
But far be it from me to “pull a Walsh” and tell you what someone thinks with no evidence from their own words. This blogger said:
I’m tired of you guys trying to find authority so you can slap someone else upside the head with it…
They don’t have answers either but they’re going to come at you like they do, just like the Pope, just like Ken Ham with his Genesis account. Just like anyone who says “Oh, I’ve got it all figured out… Ken Ham is sure that the Bible is clear that the earth was created in six days.”
While it is a task like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall, nailing down this person’s ultimate position on Christianity (Which she professes as her own faith) and the Bible (which traditionally has been the source of much good information about Christianity) it seems to be summed up when she says:
“It’s been relieving to know that there are other Christians who have the FAITH to say “I don’t have all the answers,” they have the faith necessary to speak to people’s hearts with or without that Trump card we can throw down on the table…”
And to clarify, by ‘Trump card,’ she is not referencing our President, but rather the confidence to say “Here’s what the Bible teaches.” Because, for reasons she did not explain, claiming that the Bible says something with clarity is arrogant and mean spirited (apparently). Or maybe it’s just claiming to know something which is arrogant and mean spirited. Unless it’s knowing that Ken Ham DOESN’T have all of the answers.
That’s still ok.
In a following blog post which is even more pointedly aimed at telling YEC’s like me how stupid we are, she concludes:
If you are letting non-believers think that they can destroy all of Christianity by removing a single chapter in the Bible, your faith is too small and flimsy.
Invite questions and search for Truth.
That single chapter she refers to is- obviously- Genesis 1.
Near the start of this same post, she quotes a lengthy paragraph she found on FaceBook which explains how changing the YEC model for the OEC model effects your worldview on the nature of not just creation’s timeline but also what it means to be human, what God is like, what sin and death are and where they came from, what Jesus is saving us from (if anything), and a host of other necessary, logical results of changing the beginning of the story.
True to every other attack against the Biblical Creation model and Young Earth Creationists I’ve ever seen, she answered these charges by mocking it slightly and then pretending it wasn’t there. She quotes it to mock it and then moves on with NO rebuttal. No explanation of how you can replace every teaching in Genesis (and all of the other places in the Bible which refer back to it) with a VERY contradictory model and still somehow have the same worldview is offered.
Just the insinuation that our FAITH is too small and flimsy, where as SHE has the bold and confident faith it takes to say, “I don’t know, AND NEITHER DO YOU!”
This reminded me of a conversation I once had with an old high school chum who had since become a church youth pastor. In hearing that Ken Ham was going to debate Bill Nye, this person who I shall call “Larry” (because he is a large, talking vegetable) took to social media to explain how stupid Biblical Creationists are and how people like us are keeping people from the church with our stupid antics- a sentiment echoed by the blogger above and dear old Matt Walsh. So, I offered to take Larry to dinner and spend half an hour explaining the Biblical Creation position which he clearly knew nothing about.
So I offered a few more times. I’d buy dinner and take a few minutes talking science and scripture so he could understand why people like me and Ken Ham are not big idiots as he asserted. He continued to refuse. Eventually he tried to justify his refusal to learn about the position he felt free to attack on public forums by saying he “preferred to embrace the mystery.” After all- he seemed to feel- people who claim to have answers are arrogant jerks with small and flimsy faith. Strong and BOLD faith is based on NOT knowing the answers, apparently.
And then attacking Ken Ham in public forums.
I’m sure that’s what the New Testament writers meant when they used the word FAITH. In fact, if you look into the Greek used by Paul, you can see what he really meant in Ephesians 2:8-9 was this:
“For it is by willing ignorance and avoidance of learning you have been saved, through embracing the mystery and hating on Ken Ham—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast- ESPECIALLY Ken Ham. What does he know anyway?”
I offered to buy Larry dinner for the chance to teach him about my position- a position he was attacking on public forums. He refused.
I wrote a lengthy reply to the blogger above- the one who said “Invite questions and search for Truth” with many quotations from their podcast so they could understand what I was replying to with accuracy, and even recorded it as an audio letter to make it easier and less time consuming for them. I was told she was tired of talking about it, and that she had said everything as clearly as she was capable. Besides, I was told, she was busy writing posts to explain why Ken Ham is an idiot and why I too am an idiot. I have no reason to think she even read what I had to say, let alone did she answer any of it.
Apparently “inviting questions” doesn’t necessarily mean answering any of those questions. I suppose it means “embracing the mystery.”
Personally, I would rather have a small and flimsy faith in something which is actually true than a bold and confident faith in something which is not. But that requires one to not only INVITE questions, but find the answers to them. I would respectfully argue that, finding answers to questions that matter is not as arrogant and paranoid as some would have you believe. I think you may find that it may replace the mystery with something true to believe IN.