A new essay titled The Slippery Slope of Unbelief just appeared at the blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark.
You know where that “slippery slope” will take you — the Lake of Fire. So it’s important that we pay attention to what ol’ Hambo has to say. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. Hambo refers to a columnist who:
… writes that it fascinates him how people decide which parts of the Bible “must be understood as literal accounts of historical events and which may be interpreted as mythic, metaphorical or exaggerated.” Now some Christians do indeed just pick and choose which parts of the Bible they want to believe. This is usually because they come to the text with outside beliefs (millions of years, no miracles, and so on) and not because the text itself suggests that they shouldn’t believe something.
Yes, it can be confusing, but Hambo knows more about the bible than anyone else, so he will tell us how to make sense of it all. He says:
Proper hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), however, demands we interpret each genre (type) of Scripture by the rules of that genre. This is no different from how we read a love letter, an instruction manual, and a newspaper in completely different ways. For example, when the Bible uses historical narrative, such as in Genesis, the Book of Judges, or the Book of Matthew, we interpret it as literal history. Or when the Bible uses poetry, such as in Psalms or Song of Solomon, we interpret it as poetry (realizing that biblical poetry conveys a literal truth but may use poetic or phenomenological language).
Okay, we can decide which parts are poetry. But how do we know if other parts aren’t just ancient folklore and myths borrowed from neighboring people, the way the tale of Noah and the Flood appear to be based on the much older Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh? We must harken to the words of Hambo:
Because Jesus spoke in parables, some people claim that perhaps Genesis is a parable! But Jesus either stated or made it obvious when He was using a parable! Usually it’s fairly easy to determine what genre is being used and to interpret the text accordingly.
Okay, that makes sense. We can easily determine what’s poetry and what’s parable. But what about the rest? Hambo says:
There’s no need for us to arbitrarily pick and choose what we’re going to believe in the Bible. All Scripture is from God [bible reference], and since God does not lie [bible reference], we know all of it to be true.
To understand that, we need to realize that the only “evidence” creationists have to support their beliefs is the bible — other than the nonsense generated by their creation science. We mentioned this before, but it’s important enough to repeat. During his debate with Bill Nye, Hambo often referred to his “evidence,” the bible. At one point, according to this Transcript of Ken Ham vs Bill Nye Debate [link currently not working], ol’ Hambo said:
Bill, I just want to let you know that there actually is a book out there that actually tells us where matter came from. And the very first sentence in that book says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And really, it’s the only thing that makes sense … . An infinite Creator God, who created the universe, matter, energy, space, mass, time and the universe, created the information for life. It’s only thing it makes logical sense.
Later in the same debate he said:
Bill I do want to say that there is a book out there that does document where consciousness came from. And in that book, the one who created us said that He made man in His image, and He breathed into man and he became a living being. And so the Bible does document that fact. That’s where consciousness came from. God gave it to us.
And near the end he said:
Again, to summarize the things I’ve been saying, there is a book called the Bible; it’s very unique, it’s different than any other book out there. In fact I don’t know of any other religion that has a book that starts out by telling you that there is an infinite God, and talks about the origin of the universe, the origin of matter and the origin of light and darkness, and the origin of day and night and the origin of the Earth and the origin of dry land and the origin of plants and the origin of the sun, moon and stars, the origin of sea creatures, the origin of land creatures, the origin of man, the origin of women, the origin of death, and sin, the origin of marriage, the origin of different languages, the origin of clothing, the origin of nations; I mean it’s a very specific book. And it gives us an account of a global flood in history and the Tower of Babel, and if that history is true, then what about the rest of the book?
With that in mind, here’s the end Hambo’s current essay:
As Christians, we need to stand firmly on all of God’s Word. We don’t have the option to pick and choose what we want to believe. God’s Word doesn’t give us that option: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” [scripture reference].
So there you are, dear reader. Ol’ Hambo has told you how to avoid that slippery slope. It’s your decision now.
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