Today we have another great article at the Christian Post, which describes itself as “the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website.” They have a comments icon, but it doesn’t lead to any comments. Their headline is Are You a Victim of Bible-Bashing? It was written by Dan Delzell, pastor of the Wellspring Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska.
We’ve written about the rev’s wisdom a few times before — see, e.g.: Science and Religion: The Battle of Two Kings, and also Creationist Wisdom #649: Evolution Is Faith, and also Beware the Folly of Scientism. Here are some excerpts from the his latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Do you find it difficult to view Scripture as the infallible Word of God rather than the personal opinion of man? Do you struggle to accept the fact that the Bible is true and completely trustworthy? If so, you are likely the victim of Bible-bashing. [Egad!] Sadly, many people have been hoodwinked by critics who present false information about Scripture.
Have you been hoodwinked, dear reader? Then pay attention. The rev says:
Victims of Bible-bashing are at a huge disadvantage when it comes to grasping the spiritual dynamics all around them. Attempting to discern the truth about God and salvation is next to impossible if you believe the Bible is a flawed document. The alternative of course is to accept this simple fact: “All Scripture is God-breathed.” [scripture reference]
Isaac Newton said, “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.” [Wow!] In addition to being one of the most influential scientists of all time, Newton also understood that the Word of God transcends science because science is incapable of providing you with eternal salvation. While science is definitely a blessing from our Creator, it is far below theology in the grand scheme of things. Science cannot tell you how your sins can be forgiven or how you can be reconciled to God.
Science is so limited! The rev tells us:
If you make the decision to underestimate the significance of the Bible, it is only natural to try to fill the void with something else. And many choose to make science the king of their soul. [The Fools!] Sadly, science has a very poor track record of keeping anyone out of hell and delivering their immortal soul into the perfection of paradise. In fact, there is not one soul in heaven today who was brought there by scientific knowledge or reliance upon science. … Science is clearly unable to provide you with supernatural power, divine revelation, and the forgiveness of your sins.
Fantastic! And persuasive too. He continues:
So that brings us back to the Bible. If you have fallen into a pit created by Bible-bashers [The horror!], you can either choose to remain a victim or you can become a believer. … God gave you free will when He created you. This means that among other things you get to choose how to view the Bible. And the testimony of millions of believers over the centuries is that they were transformed after accepting the Bible as the Word of God rather than the opinion of men.
Why would anyone ignore the testimony of millions of believers? Let’s read on:
When you stand before God on Judgment Day, you will see why the message of the Bible is by far the most relevant and critical communication ever given by anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Just as the Bible transcends science, God transcends our finite and limited thinking. You and I are not all-powerful or all-knowing. The sooner we come to terms with this fact, the closer we get to accepting God’s Word with the faith of a child. That is, the faith quick to receive and believe the message of eternal redemption in God’s love letter to His children.
Your Curmudgeon is overwhelmed! And now we come to the end:
If you have been led astray by false information about the Bible, you can make the decision today that you will no longer be a victim of Bible-bashing. So will you take this step of faith and begin to take God’s Word seriously, or will the Bible-bashers have the final word on the destiny of your soul?
Okay, dear reader, the rev has clearly presented your choices. So what’ll it be — godless science, or The Truth™?
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