Tuesday, April 21, 2020

“God Didn’t Do This”

“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk” (Revelation 9:20, KJV).

At a recent news conference, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declared with great bravado and confidence that “the number’s down because we brought the number down; God did not do that, faith did not do that, destiny did not do that; a lot of pain and suffering did that.” He made these remarks while telling the press that the number of cases and deaths attributed to the COVID19 virus had declined. Unfortunately for the governor and the rest of his state, although the “curve” of cases and deaths seemed to decline at one point, they quickly shot up again. New York alone accounts for nearly 15,000 of the deaths that have been recorded in the United States attributed to the virus. The cases in that state, are thankfully once again declining.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The God of Science!

I came across the video above where Todd Friel speaks of a recent article in the New York Times entitled “The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science Is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response.” In it, the author complains that the “religious right” has done all it could to dismantle the scaffolding of science and that, due to that fact, our current crisis has been made worse. Of course, whenever a liberal (and the New York Times is perhaps the preeminent liberal paper in the country) wants to complain about Christianity, which is equated almost without exception with the religious right, they will link it with Trump and the Republicans as if by reflex. To the liberal left, Christianity is the Republican party and the Republican party stands for Christianity.

Throughout the article, the author bemoans that Christians and the Trump administration specifically, have made a shambles of science and that they are guilty of not listening to expert opinion—read scientific “consensus.” The irony in all this is that the left likes to think of itself as the enlightened caste who have left the childish belief in a “god” for the more intellectually stimulating and rewarding scientific consensus. Paul spoke of how the “god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers” in 2 Corinthians 4, and the god of this world takes a lot of forms. And for today’s society, especially in the West, that form is the scientific community and its enlightened consensus. Whatever some liberal scientist has to say is law to today’s empty headed liberal. It is with a great deal of irony that one has to look at the folks who are so proud of their “open minds,” but who in reality have allowed their brains to fall out of that opened window.

As brother Friel correctly points out in the video, Christianity is not, cannot be opposed to real science. And that is simply because real science is God’s science. As Cornelius Van Till said in a different context, but that holds true in every area of life, all truth is God’s truth. If science has said anything that is true, then it has only discovered the truth that God created into that particular substance, discipline or philosophy. And science is no exception. The scientific truths that have been discovered over the centuries, have been discovered simply because God allowed man to do so. But instead of recognizing that fact, like the scientists who made some of the greatest discoveries in history, today’s scientist has made of science itself a god to which they must bow and to which everyone must offer the pinch of incense.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have nothing to fear from science. And if any “scientist” tells you that God does not exist, or that if He does exists, He is not in control or is somehow helpless, you can go ahead and laugh (do it inside, you don’t want to be rude)! And after you compose yourself, politely and lovingly tell the person that they know nothing of the God of heaven and that you have the answer to his ignorance. We cannot be arrogant, but cannot stand by and allow folks to go happily into hell thinking that they have all the answers. The love of Christ and the God who is there demand that we live always with eternity in the front of our minds.