Their new article is God’s Character. It’s the first in a series of seven essays. But it’s not exactly new. They say they also posted it three years ago. It must be good, because it has withstood the test of time.
The author is John C. Whitcomb. He and Henry Morris (1918-2006), the founder of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), wrote The Genesis Flood — which started the modern biblical creationist movement.
Whitcomb’s article begins with this introductory paragraph:
If we turn to the Bible as our highest authority in every area (including how we defend the Bible itself!), we will discover that we can appeal to no greater authority than God Himself. If we had to appeal to another authority to prove what God said, then God wouldn’t be our ultimate authority.
Nothing circular about that! It’s all downhill from there, but we’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and numerous scripture references omitted:
How can we help people believe that the Bible is true? The answer may be surprising to many. It is not by scientific, archaeological, or historical evidences, important though these may be in their proper place. It is not even by fulfilled prophecy! It is by sharing with others — based on our own knowledge of Scripture — the matchless character of the God who ultimately wrote the Bible.
We haven’t run across that specific argument before, but it’s important, because ol’ Hambo’s creationist enterprise depends upon it. Let’s read on and learn about the “matchless character” of the deity who recently destroyed the Earth in a worldwide Flood:
Only the Holy Spirit can convict sinners and change hearts. We “sanctify” God by relying on His own Word and His Spirit to convince people about His unsurpassable qualities, including His holiness, wisdom, love, and truthfulness.
Okay. Whitcomb continues:
What does this have to do with knowing that the Bible is true? Our main role is to honor the Author of the Bible by our own lives and words. You may not have heard of this as “evidence” before, but it is extremely important for Christians to realize. Through our Bible-enriched words and our changed lives, we give evidence of the truth of the One who inspired the Bible and says it is “living and powerful.” If our individual lives do not exhibit Jesus’s transforming power, why should anyone believe that His words had the power to create the universe?
Are you following this, dear reader? Please do, because it’s very important. Here’s more:
Whenever God’s love is reflected through a believer’s life and words, unbelievers will recognize something genuinely divine. They will sense that the God of Scripture is real, and they will be convicted about the truth and power of His Word.
Ah, so that’s why ol’ Hambo is so persuasive and convincing. Moving along:
How does this work in practice? When unsaved people living in spiritual darkness observe God’s special self-sacrificial love at work, they will be deeply affected by seeing something they have never experienced. A powerful example is a loving relationship between a Christian man and his wife, and between Christian parents and their children. Another example is the deep love displayed within a local church.
Now you know how it works. Another excerpt:
This love cannot be explained or experienced apart from the true and living God, who created every human being with a mind, a soul, and a conscience that can know Him and see Him in His Word.
Verily, that’s the only explanation for the work of ol’ Hambo and the others at AIG. Here’s the end of the article:
The bottom line: God Himself vindicates His Word as people see Him honored in His Word and in the lives of His children.
So there you are, dear reader. All your wretched life you’ve been looking for proof, and there it is. Now go forth, and doubt no more. Oh — what about the other articles in the series? We assume the first was the best, so we may not bother with them.
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