This is a special treat, dear reader. We have a new essay by Jason Lisle. Regular readers of this humble blog know him best from the time he was at Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry, when we wrote several posts about Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper.
Jason left AIG a couple of years ago to become director of whatever it is that they call research at the Institute for Creation Research. The title of Jason’s latest is How Could Eve Know? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and scripture references omitted:
Eve was challenged with the first recorded dilemma. On the one hand, God indicated that on the day Eve and Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their immortal bodies would become mortal and subject to eventual death. On the other hand, the flattering serpent suggested the opposite — promising that eating from that tree would not result in death but instead would make Adam and Eve like God. How was Eve supposed to know whom to believe?
Good question. Here’s Jason’s analysis:
Eve chose to evaluate the situation by her own standard. She opted to use her mind and her senses to judge who was telling the truth. She examined the tree with her eyes and recognized that it was delightful to look at, good for food, and desirable for wisdom. Her preliminary “scientific” analysis suggested that the serpent’s hypothesis might be correct and that God’s word — His clear warning — was wrong. After all, the fruit did not appear dangerous; there was nothing obviously defective with it that would suggest eating it would result in death. So, she took and ate and gave to Adam, who did the same.
Egad — she used her own mind! How utterly foolish! No wonder the whole universe is cursed by her sin. Let’s read on:
Today, we face a similar dilemma. On the one hand, we have God’s Word, which teaches things like the six days of creation, a global flood, and the resurrection of Christ. On the other hand, we have the words of people who claim that such things are simply not possible. How are we supposed to decide who is right?
Wow — the evolution-creationism controversy is just like the problem Eve faced! Isn’t this amazing? Jason continues:
Like Eve, we are inclined to judge God’s Word based on our senses and our understanding of what is possible. For some people God’s Word passes the test, and for others it does not. But either way, the test itself is defective because it attempts to judge the infallible Word by standards that are fallible because they are human standards.
Are you following this, dear reader? Jason says if you rely on your own senses and your understanding of reality, you’re a fool! — just like Eve. And we know how that worked out. Here’s more:
We must admit that our senses can be mistaken at times (e.g., an optical illusion), and our understanding of what is possible is often wrong, as the history of science has shown. Therefore, it makes no sense to judge a perfect standard (the Word of God) by a fallible standard (human sensation and reasoning).
Yes, we make mistakes. But Jason ignores the fact that it’s with our mind and senses that we recognize and understand optical illusions, and that’s also how we correct the errors that science sometimes makes. Moving along:
So when Eve attempted to judge the infallible by the fallible, she was not only being immoral but irrational as well.
Irrational? Jason explains:
After all, she was attempting to use her mind and her senses to judge whether God was honest. But who made Eve’s mind? God did. And who made Eve’s senses? God did. So, if God were dishonest, then Eve would have no reason to trust her mind or her senses in the first place.
Aaaargh!! He explains further:
The same is true of people today who attempt to judge the Bible by their own fallible standard. This is immoral because it puts God to the test. But it is also irrational because if the Bible were not true, then people would have no good reason to trust their own minds or their own senses by which they come to the conclusion that the Bible is or is not true!
Aaaargh!! We haven’t banged our head against the desk so much since we wrote Jason Lisle: The Logic of Faith. Here’s one last excerpt:
God expects us to reason using our minds and to rely on our senses but not to judge Him and His perfect Word by these lesser standards. He expects us to rely upon His revealed Word as the ultimate standard for judging everything else.
So there you are. Now go forth, and think no more.
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