This may be one of the strangest things we’ve ever seen from Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Look what we found at the AIG website: Wasn’t the Bible Written by Mere Men? It was written by Bodie Hodge, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Illinois University. He wisely gave up his engineering career to become a speaker, writer, and researcher for AIG. Here are some excerpts from Bodie’s article, with bold font added by us and his scripture references omitted:
I had the opportunity to speak to a student-led club at a government school a couple of years ago. At the end of the lecture, I began answering questions the students had. Even though there was a very negative tone coming from many of the questioners, I remained courteous in each response. … At the end, one statement came up that I didn’t get to respond to. The bell rang and out they ran. I really wish they had brought this up sooner so I could have responded to the claim that the Bible was written by mere men.
When it comes to the authorship of the Bible, of course men were involved — Christians would be the first to point this out. … In fact, it is estimated that over 40 different human authors were involved. So this is not the real issue. The real issue is whether God had any involvement in the authorship of the Bible. Let’s think about this for a moment. When someone claims that the Bible was written by men and not God, this is an absolute statement that reveals something extraordinary.
What’s so extraordinary about it? Bodie probably wouldn’t hesitate to say that mere men wrote all the other ancient texts, including those believed by other religions to be sacred. Here comes his explanation:
It reveals that the person saying this is claiming to be transcendent! For a person to validate the claim that God did not inspire the human authors of the Bible means he must be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Bodie is, in effect, saying that one who questions the claim of divine authorship by pointing out that the bible was written by mere men has the burden of proving that God wasn’t involved. But that’s totally backwards. It’s always the one who makes a claim who has the burden of proof, and in this case the claim is divine inspiration for the bible. If there were any validity to Bodie’s way of handling skepticism, then an infinite number of nonsensical claims could be asserted — about invisible aliens, ghosts, demons, etc. — and such claims must be accorded the status of truth unless someone can disprove them.
Bodie then explains what it means to be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, after which he says:
So the person making the claim that the Bible was merely written by men alone is claiming to be God, since these three attributes belong to God alone. This is a religious issue of humanism versus Christianity. People who make such claims (perhaps unwittingly) are claiming that they are the ultimate authority over God and are trying to convince others that God is subservient to them.
Aaaargh!! According to Bodie, a wretched creature like you, dear reader, has no business challenging his claim that the bible was divinely inspired. If you dare to ask: How do you know that? you are outrageously blasphemous and claiming that you are divine. Neat argument, huh? Wouldn’t it be fun to have a debate with someone like that?
Bodie then offers some questions a true believer can put to the skeptic, in order to challenge the skeptic’s (imaginary) claim to being omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. It’s really helpful advice. After that he has even more advice, this time for the less intelligent among his drooling followers:
If you are not sure you can remember these types of questions, then remember that you can always lead the person down the path by first asking an easier question such as, “How do you know that God was not involved?”
Two can play the advice game. Your Curmudgeon herewith offers a response to that question: You’re a freakin’ fruitcake! But don’t take that seriously, dear reader. Yes, the temptation might be overwhelming, but that’s yet another reason why one should never get into a debate — or even a conversation — with a creationist.
Bodie isn’t done yet. His next argument is one we’ve encountered before from AIG — see, e.g., Creationism and Logic. It’s their claim that logic itself comes from the bible, so any attempt to be logical is actually an affirmation of everything in the bible. Bodie says:
Other responses [to the divine inspiration skeptic] include undercutting the entire position by pointing out that any type of reasoning apart from the Bible is merely arbitrary. So the person trying to make a logical argument against the claims of the Bible (i.e., that God inspired the authors) is doing so only because he or she is assuming (though unintentionally) the Bible is true and that logic and truth exist! It is good to point out these types of presuppositions and inconsistencies.
That’s about all Bodie has to say, although his essay is a long one. If you want to spend more time studying his argument, then by all means click over to AIG and enjoy yourself. Hey — you may even find yourself convinced!
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