Oppositions of Science

10 November 2011

By the time you get this letter we will have concluded our exposition of 1st Timothy. This has been a wonderful series of messages. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. You can hear the entire exposition of 1st Timothy on our web site at www.harmonypbchurch.org. Not only have these messages encouraged me, but they have also made me more committed to God's calling. Paul concludes this letter to Timothy with the following admonition: "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen." - 1 Timothy 6:20-21

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Oppositions of Science

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I am always amazed by the timeless wisdom of God's Holy word. That statement is just as relevant today as it was the day Paul penned it. Probably more relevant, for we live in a day in which science is attacking the authority of God's word on every hand. Though many professing Christians do not realize it, they have been affected by some of the subtle attacks of Satan on the veracity of God's word. If Timothy, a faithful minister of Christ, was in danger of oppositions of science, you can be sure that we are as well.

The word "science" is translated from a word that literally means knowledge. Paul is telling Timothy to avoid any knowledge that is in opposition to God's revealed truth. Most Christians are very savvy to this, especially when it comes to the most basic fundamentals of Christianity such as the deity of Christ, the virgin birth, and the resurrection. Yet, when it comes to science, many Christians throw their Bibles away and bow down to the test tube and the microscope. To put it succinctly, they place the scientist above God's holy word.

Science, as we know it today, did not exist in that day but the same kind of opposition was already at work. Even during that day there was one Epicurus that taught that the earth came into existence by a random motion of atoms. He was just as ignorant as the evolutionist today: he could never say where those atoms came from. By the way, Darwin's theory was not original.

Knowledge (science) is increasing today exponentially. Monumental strides have been made in space travel, medicine, physics, disease control, weapons, travel, machinery, computers, electronics, molecular engineering, chemistry, just to name a few. The new I-phone will talk to you, give you directions, and remind you of who you are in case you forget. Daniel's prophecy has come to pass; "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."(12:4). People are running to and fro, from one continent to the other in a matter of hours, and knowledge is increasing … exponentially.

Yet, with all of this increase in knowledge wisdom has diminished. For there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.

One of the areas that modern science has bent all of its powers upon has already been mentioned: creation. The first verse in the Bible is a declaration of the fact that there is a sovereign God that created all things. While most Christians believe this, they have been so affected by the subtle attacks of Satan, they try to fit the scientists view of creation together with God's holy word. As if God needed some help from them to explain everything. There are four fundamental areas that are constantly under attack by science that many Christians have fallen into. 1) The fact that God spoke the universe into existence; 2) A literal 6 day, 24 hours creation; 3) The age of the earth; 4) A flood that covered the entire earth.

Why are these four areas so vehemently attacked by Satan and his helpers? The answer is simple. If God spoke the universe into existence then there is a God that man is accountable to. There is a heaven, and there is a hell. There is right, and there is wrong. There is sin and there is righteousness.

Secondly, if God created the world in six literal days every theory of evolution falls on its face. They must have millions, even billions of years for evolution to work its work. The age of planet earth is their hottest contention.

Thirdly, if they admit that there was a global flood that covered the highest mountain they will have to admit that there is a God that caused it, that the Bible is authentic, that the record is pure, and that they are accountable to this awesome God.

So, lets imagine that you have never read National Geographic, or watched the nature channel on television. Lets imagine that you had never been taught the theory of evolution in your grade school, your high school, at college, or in some newspaper or magazine article. Yes, lets imagine that all you had was your Bible and you were willing to believe it. I know that is a rare thing these days, but lets imagine that there is still that kind of faith on planet earth. What does God's word say about all of this?

God Spoke

The psalmist has declared, "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth."(33:6). It would take millions of books to explain all of this but we believe it by faith. God spoke, and it was done. Though this is simple enough for a child to understand it, the unbeliever falls on his face to explain it away.

According to scriptures, when God spoke, it came to pass … immediately. This is confirmed by the words, "and it was so". God created the worlds, the vegetation, the animals, and man. They didn't evolve over billions of years, God spoke them into existence. Years ago some wit began to ask the question, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" If he had read his Bible he would never have had to speculate that question. God created chickens, not eggs.

Any other explanation of creation must begin with some pre-existing matter. For a big bang to occur, there must be something to blow up. For an atom, or an amoeba, or some primeval slime to evolve, it must have come from somewhere, or someone. Those who advance such theories have no real evidence. We have eyewitnesses, and a book that explains it all. They are the foolish ones. It is not that they really believe these ideas, they just don't like the God of creation. That is the main problem. God spoke, and it was done! That has been believed by God's people for thousands of years.

A Literal 6 Day Creation "And the evening and the morning were the first day"

That is a very simple statement. A six-grader could understand it. But have you ever noticed how those that want to make the earth older for the benefit of the evolutionist say that particular "day" was not a 24 hour day? God repeats it seven times (the number of a week by the way) so that no one would become confused and think it was anything but a 24 hour day.

This Hebrew word for day is yome. It is used 2301 times in the Old Testament. 410 times this word is used with a number. For instance, Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho, seven days. Noah was in the belly of the whale, 3 days. Every time this word is used with a number it always refers to a literal 24 hour day. No exceptions. The phrase "evening and morning" are used together without the word day 38 times. Always, without exception, it refers to a 24 hour day. When the words "evening' or "morning' are used by themselves (23 times each) it always refers to a literal 24 hour day. The term "night and day" are used 52 times. They always refer to a 24 hour day. In Genesis, chapter 1, all of these rules apply. Conclusion: God created the universe and all that is in it in seven, 24 hour days.

Not only this, but where do we get the idea of a week from? The world still operates on a 7 day week. The earth still rotates on its axis in one, 24 hour day just as it did on the first day of creation. The months, and the years also operate on this seven day week system.

God gave us a pattern long ago. We are to work for 6 days (six literal 24 hour days), and rest on the seventh. That is what God did!

Even Moses believed this: "For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.."(Exodus 20:11). No further commentary is needed.

Why is it that Genesis, chapter one is attacked constantly concerning the word "day" but nowhere else? Did you ever hear any say that Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho for 7 billion years? Did you ever hear that Jonah was in the belly of the whale for 3 long and unknown periods of time? So, what is the problem in Genesis chapter 1? The problem is the case for evolution and that is all. Nothing about the language.

Some say that the sun was not yet created so it could not be evening and morning. Excuse me! Light comes from many other places other than the sun. We had a lightening storm a few nights ago. God could have shone His face upon creation for the first three days for all we know. But we do know this: the earth revolved on its axis the first day, "and the evening and the morning were the first day." The age of the Earth

So, how old is the earth anyway? Well, you can take your Bible, and a pocket calculator and figure it out if you can do simple math. The Bible is full of hints. In Genesis chapter 5 God gives us a genealogical table. You can add up the lifespan of those listed and find that the great flood occurred at 1656 years after creation. Then we read of Noah's age, when Abraham was born, and from there it is pretty simple. The New Testament confirms this in Matthew 1:17 giving 3 consecutive 14 generation lineages from Abraham to Christ. Simple math. This also knocks the props out from under the evolutionist.

Why do people trust the scientist more than God? Carbon dating has proved to be wrong, Living snails have been dated by this method to be 2,300 years old. The earth's magnetic field, moon dust, the earth's population, and other measurable facts have proven that there is multitudinous evidence that declares a young earth. About 6000 years to be exact!

A Global Flood

There is evidence of a global flood that be found at the tops of the highest mountains. God has preserved sea shells, and fossils of marine life atop the peaks just to remind us. The flood was more than a long rain. The water canopy that surrounded the earth collapsed, the water trapped under the earth's crust spewed forth from the many volcanoes that erupted. Many are found along the ocean's floor. When the waters abated, they flowed back into the sunken places in the earth where the once, trapped waters evacuated. This cut the many river channels, even the grand canyon. The rapidly depositing silt cut off the oxygen and light from the many deposited animals causing fossilization. The flood explains many of the earth's mysteries that scientists continually try to avoid and explain away.

True science always agrees with the Genesis account of creation. Yet, we do not need the scientist, or the discoveries to prove it to us. The righteous believe it by faith, and whatsoever is not of faith, is sin.

-NMP