I Wonder Why…

people like James McGrath are allowed to teach in any church. He is so anti-Bible, anti-God and anti-truth that even the most liberal of churches should be able to see that he is not of God or teaching the truth. Here are several links to his latest posts, with commentary from me to illustrate how far from God he really is

1. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/05/antievolutionism-is-a-tool-of-satan.html

And so I left a comment that it is antievolutionism that is a tool of Satan. It is a movement that encourages deceit about evidence and misunderstanding about scientific conclusions. It is a stance that distracts people from loving their enemies self-sacrificially as Jesus taught us to, and turns them instead into internet trolls who hurl insults and abuse while passing on lies that they have been duped into believing. It drives a wedge between evidence from the natural world and Christian faith. It convinces many people that they must choose between what the biological evidence overwhelmingly supports and the Christian faith, so that if they eventually discover that young-earth creationism is a lie, they end up abandoning not only it but Christianity. And it convinces many non-Christians that Christians are gullible ignoramuses.

Granted some believers do confront or oppose those who accept alternatives to the Bible in the wrong manner, with the wrong methods and sometimes are uninformed BUT that doesn’t mean they are a tool of satan. It does mean that they have a lot to learn and need to grow in Christ more.

The quote above just shows how deceived McGrath is. Evolution is not a biblical teaching thus it is a tool of satan to deceive and lead God’s creation away from God and the truth. Anti-evolutionism is not a movement about deceit or misunderstanding about scientific conclusions. It is a movement to point out the lies of the secular world and bring the truth of the Bible back to people’s attention.

McGrath is one of the many people who cannot answer this simple question: Where in the Bible does both God and Jesus give permission to take secular science, or science in general, over their word?

He cannot produce one scripture to answer that question though believers can produce many passages of scripture where both God and Jesus instruct their followers to NOT listen to the ungodly, the unbeliever or those deceived.

As for the supposedly ‘overwhelming evidence’ supporting evolution, well evidence is mute and the discoverers can put any idea they want onto the evidence. In other words, just because someone says they have evidence doesn’t mean they have evidence. It usually means they have read their own unbeliefs into the evidence making it say what they want it to.

Secularists use key words like ‘predictions’, ‘observation’, ‘scientific experiment’ to fool the unwary into thinking they have the infallible tools to unlock supposed mysteries of life BUT a closer examination tells a different story. Those scientific theories and conclusions are merely assumption, conjecture, leaps to conclusions or wishful thinking not actual fact.

There is no evidence, overwhelmingly or otherwise, that supports any kind of evolution. There is no natural world evidence because the evolutionist cannot verify that all things came into existence as they claim.  They are looking at what already exists then deny God’s revelation and seek to fill the void left by rejecting the truth by conjuring up some alternative that has no hope of being proven true.

In other words, they are guessing and using science to support their lies.

This point could go on but there are other issues that need to be addressed

2. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/05/nuh-uh.html

This cartoon illustrates a point I have been trying to make a lot this week, about the importance of information literacy

The problem here is that McGrath and others are trying to make science the final authority on all aspects of life. It won’t work because that is a false promotion to a lofty position science cannot hold.

Science is not the final authority on anything. It doe snot hold the keys to life or death; it cannot extend life or stop aging. It cannot stop hunger, lust, greed, or any of the other deadly sins. Even origins is out of its scope and league.

Science is far too limited to be any authority at all and is run, for the most part, by fallible, corrupt, sinful men who looking for answers in the wrong places.

3. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/05/core-doctrines-between-the-lines-and-on-the-margins.html

Has anyone else ever noticed that conservative Christians of various sorts tend to emphasize things which are either not actually spelled out in the Bible, or which are mentioned in passing or by lone authors and so arguably less than central to the faith and practice of early Christians?

This attack on Christians comes from a man who does not believe God thus why would his observations be of any value to the believer? He doesn’t have the truth nor does he have the Holy Spirit leading him to the truth.

He claims to be a NT scholar but the criteria he uses to be such a person doesn’t match up with God’s criteria and it is God’s criteria that is valid not alternatives. Now he does make one point worth mentioning

But if you are going to say that it is important to be “Biblical,” and claim that what you emphasize is what the Bible emphasizes, then you can expect that claim to be scrutinized

Yes, what we say will be scrutinized because people are searching for answers. This means we cannot just spout the denominational line but make sure we have the truth from God and present it as God would want.

We are not saying magic words and suddenly unbelievers are turned into believers. it is not that simple. We have to plant seeds of truth, water it, allow it to grow and then when God says they are ready, we harvest. We are not wizards but servants of God facing the servants of evil who do spiritual warfare.

We must be properly armed, protected and informed to do proper battle with those who control unbelieving humans. Our battle is not with flesh and blood (other humans) thus we must focus our work to meet the spiritual battle that is going to take place.

McGrath focuses on 2 teachings only in that post–YEC and the Trinity–yet he provides no convincing argument with evidence for believers to ditch those ideas. The Bible may not use the exact words we modern believers use today but that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t teach such things in the Bible.

To demand that the Bible use the exact words an unbeliever wants to see is unrealistic and arrogant. The Bible wasn’t written in English originally thus to expect modern English words to be used is ridiculous. God does speak on every topic but he speaks in such a manner that all topics are included not just a few.

For example: do unto others… notice no one is left out of that command, thus rapist, thieves, pedophiles, rich people are all included–as is everyone else. The Bible may not say the words ‘trinity’ or ‘YEC’ but it does address those topics. I will leave the search to you this time.

4. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2013/05/the-bible-lens-or-blindfold.html

The problem of looking for God in the Bible, when by definition any reality worthy of the designation “God” is not to be found in a book.

Cartoons aren’t infallible either and often demonstrate the ignorance of those drawing and writing them. If we cannot see God by using the Bible then what good was it for God to write it?

If you remove the Bible from people’s lives and replace it with secular teaching all you are doing is replacing the truth with false teaching. That is something God said not to do an dis the reverse of what God wants.

God describes himself in the Bible so McGrath is way out to lunch on this one. God says in the Bible that there is none like him, would we get that message if we only used secular science to give us information about the world and the universe? No.

The fact that so many atheists are convinced that there is no God because ancient authors of the Bible held beliefs about both God and the world that are unpersuasive.

This is a bad analogy for unbelievers will use any excuse they can to NOT believe. Doesn’t matter what the ancients believed or not or if their arguments were persuasive or not. The arguments are the same today as they were 2,000 + years ago. Things haven’t changed.

The Jehovah Witness cult is a revival of an ancient false belief and we can trace many modern cultic teachings to ancient false beliefs. The same with origins. Darwin wasn’t the first to propose evolutionary thinking, he just made it popular.

That thinking is recorded as far back as the 6th century BC. As Solomon said in Ecc. 1–nothing is new under the sun thus the problems and false teaching we face today Jesus and the disciples faced in their lifetimes as well.

Yes, we do go to the Bible to help us see God and to help us in this world because the Bible is written to help us see God and learn what he wants us to do. We do not get that instruction from looking at the stars in the night sky.

McGrath is trying to circumvent what God teaches in order to replace it with his own false ideas. We need the Bible to help us lead Holy Lives. If we do not have that teaching then we have nothing to guide us in reality.

be careful out there as there are false teachers every where looking to lead people astray from the truth. Don’t follow them but judge their words with what the Bible says and if the contradict God’s word then dismiss the false teachers and do not listen to them.

Stick with the Bible for it is part of the armor of God found in Eph. 6