Political commentator and Olympic ribbon dancer Matt Walsh recently started a firestorm on social media when he decided to prove to his followers how stupid and opposed to science Young Earth Biblical Creationists are by proving how he himself knew nothing about the Young Earth Biblical Creation position. He not only didn’t do any research before calling out Ken Ham and all like-minded persons on the old social medias, but he seemed OFFENDED at the suggestion that he take the time to see what Answers In Genesis actually SAYS before calling them out for being a national disgrace.
Looks like SOMEONE is thinking about applying for a position at CNN. All Walsh needs to do is start referring to President Trump as “The Orange Nazi” and he’s got a spot at the big desk next to Don “Citrus” Lemon. But I digress.
One of the comments which seemed to have popped up over and over from people who decided to agree with Walsh instead of (and I don’t want to tell anyone how to live their lives, but this simply occurred to me as one possible alternative) think about what he said, was that teaching people that Genesis means what it says is keeping people from becoming Christians. Yes, the bloggosphere decided that telling people that the Bible means what is says is a HINDRANCE- yea, a STUMBLING BLOCK to unbelievers and believers alike!
The argument is simple. Kids raised in church are told the Bible means what it says when it tells them that, as God Himself put it in Exodus 20:
..in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.
But then these kids get to public school and are told by well meaning atheists that the Bible is mythology written by illiterate, bronze-age goat herders, and they see that SCIENCE (blessed be its name) disagrees with the BAH-ble, and Charles “Chuck D” Darwin (Peace be Upon Him) proved that nature made life without God, and so Genesis is a steamy pile of rubbish strewn with flies, lies, and probably racism. And these kids leave the church, never to return- all because they were raised believing in BIBLICAL CREATION.
Meanwhile, their friends in public school who were raised on PBS and the Discovery channel already KNEW that Darwin (Peace be Upon Him) speaks all wisdom and truth, and so they are simply encouraged to make fun of their Christian friends until their friends are no longer Christians.
And who is to blame for this rampant rise of atheism?
If only fools like him would STOP TELLING CHILDREN to trust the Bible, then when they were told NOT to trust the Bible, they would remain Christians!
Wait… that can’t be how this argument goes. Let me try it again.
If only fools like him would PUT THEIR TRUST IN SCIENCE and tell children that, while the Bible sure SAYS “in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day,” it actually MEANS that the universe formed over 13.2 billion years and life evolved naturally from puddles of goo over 4 billion years until Moses came along and made up some stuff about God based mainly on his being raised by Egyptian Pagans, then those children would believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that he rose from the Tomb after being crucified.
Does that sound right?
Because these bloggers don’t seem to EXPLAIN their argument a lot. They just say that the REASON people leave the church is because, having put their faith in SCIENCE, they see that the Bible can’t be trusted, and so they abandon the church. And of course, by “Science” they don’t mean testable, repeatable, observational science, they mean the Big Bang and Evolutionary mythologies which literally CANNOT be observed, and which violate actual, observable, established laws of science.
What apparently hasn’t occurred to these people is that, it MAY have been a little more efficient to teach those children why the Bible CAN be trusted, and how science and scripture AGREE. Which, and again, I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, Matt Walsh would have learned had he spent a few minutes looking into what Answers In Genesis has been doing for the past 40 years.
So, what I am saying is- the way to stop the church from wilting is to teach Biblical apologetics. If we can help the church at every age to understand not only what the Bible says and what it means, but also how to understand science (as opposed to atheism) then when those children are told that the Bible is wrong, they will either have an answer, or at least know where to find one.
But if you are still convinced that Answers In Genesis, Ken Ham, and all other Creationists are keeping people from the church by telling them things they cannot or will not accept, then by all means allow me to help you make a list of other things which are literally in the Bible that keep people from the church that you can begin to abandon, reject, and even demonize beginning immediately.
Stumbling Blocks to NEVER Teach Again:
- Biblical Creation in six days by God as described in Genesis, Exodus, etc.
- The Hebrew Exodus from Egypt, which offends Pagan Historians
- The idea that Homosexuality is a sin, which offends liberals
- The idea that ANYTHING is a sin, which offends sinners
- The teaching that Jesus is the ONLY way to God, which offends most of Hollywood
- The Resurrection of Jesus, which offends atheists
- The Deity of Jesus, which offends Muslims
- The rejection of other gods as false which offends Hindus and their 330 million gods
- The idea that all humans are related by common human ancestors, which offends racists and Darwinist
- The idea that marriage is sacred, which offends divorce lawyers and Democrats
- The command for husbands to love their wives, which offends Feminists
- The command not to kill, which offends abortion advocates
- The doctrine that God is eternal, which offends Mormons
- The teachings about Jews being God’s chosen people or having been given Israel as their “promised land” which offends the entire Middle East and most of the UN
- The idea that Jesus was Jewish, which offends Black Hebrew Israelites
- The idea that “God made them male and female” which offends Transsexuals
- And all of those admonitions against laziness, dishonesty, and the call to wisdom which offends people who find it MUCH easier to simply demonize Biblical Creation and Ken Ham than to spend any time actually learning about it.
I think if we work together, we can not only rid the church of any dogmatic teaching which offends people and keeps them away, but perhaps, someday, create a church with absolutely no doctrines at all. We can meet in an empty field and spend an hour every Sunday allowing open minded people to teach us ribbon dancing until even CNN has nothing bad to say about us.