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The one who states his case first

Proverbs 18:17 (ESV)
“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”

In today’s world, many people just accept what secular scientists have to say on the origins of the world but Proverbs 18:17 teaches us a valuable lesson regarding questioning beliefs. Throughout history theories, hypotheses and beliefs have been put forward  as correct only to be disproven later.
In Proverbs 18 we also read (verse 2) “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” (ESV). We see this happening daily as atheists and evolutionists use many media outlets to push their opinions and they seem right; because people don’t examine what they say to see what is proven fact and what is unproven opinion.

They are looking at the world from a different perspective than a Bible believing Christian. Firstly they believe that the universe is billions of years old. Why do they believe this? Evolutionary thinking was around long before Charles Darwin but wasn’t credible because scientists at the time realised they could not see evolution happening so it must happen so slowly that it can’t be observed, step forward Charles Lyell (1797-1875) whose book ‘Principles of Geology’ popularised James Hutton’s ideas of Uniformitarianism (the idea that everything was shaped by the geological processes still in operation today). This gave Darwin and others the long ages they needed to hide Evolutionary processes.
They suppress the truth of the creator God, as Charles Lyell said in a letter released after his death “my aim is to free science from Moses”, he did this by creating the belief in long ages which allowed Darwin and others to promote evolutionism as fact.
The sad thing is that many Christians feel that they have to fit the evolution story into the Bible, this doesn’t work and only creates problems. If we add evolution into the Bible we see death and disease before the fall; How can a perfect God call what he made, “very good”, if it included death and suffering? Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day”

We hear from the media about new discoveries, we hear lots on dinosaurs; The BBC did a documentary ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ to show how the world was over 65 million years ago (the secular timescale of the Dinosaurs). Many believe these types of programs are based on good science but for example Dr David Norman of Cambridge University told USA Today that the program “purports to be factual, but actually it fudges the truth… its blending of fact and fiction goes too far”
Angela Milner, a Palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum in London told Time magazine: “I fear that fact and fiction will get mixed up… we really don’t know whether some of the behaviour is correct.”
We can examine various theories and ideas about all these things; but we will find that with the Bible as our starting point God created everything in six days, around 6000 years ago and much of what we see today is God’s creation but not as it was originally as it was destroyed by a catastrophic global flood.

Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, or God created all land animals on day 6. Which is true?
As an example argument, Carbon 14 can only last a few thousand years (estimated around 50,000 years) but yet has been found in dinosaur fossils (http://kgov.com/carbon-14-and-dinosaur-bones) . This is a good example of the need for the verse in question. Secular scientists stating that dinosaurs are millions of years old seems correct if it’s the first thing you’ve heard but under examination there is evidence to the contrary.
Fossil records show that dinosaurs died quickly and were buried rapidly. Fossils have been found which show the dinosaurs fighting and even eating as they were buried. If we are to believe in uniformitarianism and no flood we would believe that most fossils take time to form, animals and plants die then slowly sediment covers the animal for several months. How can this be true if fossils have been found eating and fighting? All this points to a global flood. Dinosaur fossils have been found to have blood and soft tissue still evident; Evolutionary scientist Dr Mary Schweitzer discovered this and through observational science concluded that no collagen should survive anywhere near as long as the long ages they give dinosaurs. However, many evolutionists will still believe that the fossil is 80 Million years old, but will reason that as collagen can’t last that long there must have been some other way that it was preserved as the fossil is 80 Million years old so rather than take the obvious conclusion of the evidence they will come up with other theories of how it could have survived for millions of years because of their bias toward evolutionary theory.

If we as Christians are to examine everything as Proverbs 18 says we should remember 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”

God’s word is true and has been proven time and time again to be true. So why do Christians feel they need to abandon the Bible and believe in secular reasoning? The Bible is God’s word and we should take God at his word and avoid being sucked into the teachings of fallible men “
1 Timothy 6:20 “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge”
2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”

2 Peter 3:3-6

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

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Modern day beliefs and attitudes in the Bible

Is there reference to today’s beliefs regarding Creation in the Bible? In this passage we see reference to things that closely match the way Christians are treated today for their beliefs. “Scoffers, walking after their own lusts”, these days we would probably say that these ‘scoffers’ are ‘out for their own gain’, or ‘to justify their own deeds’ as they lead their lives however they please and scoff at or ridicule those who uphold Biblical teaching.

“Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”

They believe that geological processes are happening today at the same rate as they always have been (known as uniformitarianism i), if this is the case rock layers, for example, would have taken a long time to build up as it’s very difficult if not impossible to ‘see’ rock layers forming today. So therefore, evolutionists, atheists and others who scoff at the Biblical account of creation assume that this must have taken eons of time to form new layers.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

As they believe in Uniformitarianism, they do not believe in the “the earth standing out of the water and in the water” and “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” (the global flood of Noah’s day) as this is a global geologic event that doesn’t fit with uniformitarianism. One word stands out for me in this verse, “Willingly”. This brings us back to verse 3 were we see the reason why people ignore the flood in order to;

“[walk] after their own lusts” (KJV) & (ASV)

“[follow] their own evil desires” (NIV)

If you wish to do your own thing and ignore God, you have to be willingly ignorant of the flood and the evidence for the flood that is all around us, in order to ignore this evidence, you have to come up with a different hypothesis as to how the earths geology came to being, that is, uniformitarianism. Which is described quite succinctly in this verse as the belief that “all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation”. This belief allows you to dismiss the thought of God and Jesus, where the scoffers are asking “Where is the promise of his coming?”, without God, people are then free to make up their own rules, live their lives as they please and “[walk] after their own lusts”

I was amazed when I first read and understood this passage as it spoke to me so clearly about people in the world today. So many will scoff at Christians and mock us for our beliefs, this passage shows us the reason that they scoff and mock us, that is, in order to continue their lives separate from God as they have to willinglyii disbelieve God otherwise they will come to realise that they are sinners and are in need of salvation.

i  The belief in uniformitarianism was started by James Hutton and popularised by Charles Lyell’s book, Principles of Geology in 1830

ii  Romans 1:20 gives a clue as to why they have to ‘willingly’ disbelieve as God is seen all around in his creation.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”