We have some great advice from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: When Should We Use the Bible? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Popular Roman Catholic blogger Matt Walsh … recently wrote that Christians should not appeal to the Bible when arguing with unbelievers about political and cultural topics.
[Hambo quotes Walsh:] There is no need to quote Scripture when trying to explain, for example, why it’s wrong to kill babies. You don’t need to pull out Genesis to convince someone that a man in a dress isn’t a woman. It’s not necessary to mine the Epistles in order to advocate for free speech rights. And if your interlocutor doesn’t believe in the Bible, then this appeal to authority is not only unnecessary but counterproductive. You have now turned a conversation about logic, reason, or science, into a theological debate with a person who rejects the entire premise of your theology … Why go off on that track if you can make your case honestly and persuasively and without having to wait for your opponent to get baptized?
Sounds reasonable. But Hambo doesn’t agree. He says:
Here’s what I would say to that argument. The Bible, God’s infallible Word, is the absolute authority and, for Christians, it’s the foundation for a truly biblical worldview. Without this basis, fallible man (like me, Matt Walsh, and anyone else) doesn’t have an absolute basis for morality. Therefore, we could only argue based on subjective opinions.
Got that? Everything not in the bible is based on subjective opinions. Then he tells us:
If we ignore or will not appeal to the Bible as our authority, we have no basis for absolute morality and can no longer authoritatively stand for what’s right and wrong. Many of the people with whom we speak reject this foundation for our worldview, but if we as Christians abandon it, we’ve lost the battle!
Makes a lot of sense. He continues:
You can’t effectively argue with someone about a worldview-based issue (such as abortion, transgender, or gay “marriage”) if you don’t have the same foundation. It’s like trying to build a house by starting with the roof or walls — it just doesn’t work! First, you need to lay the foundation. If someone doesn’t believe the Bible, ask them why [Smart tactic!] and deal with their objections to the truth of God’s Word. Why? Because our ultimate goal should never be merely to convince someone that abortion, transgender, or gay “marriage” (or anything else) is wrong.
Debating with Hambo must be loads of fun. Bill Nye knows. Let’s read on:
Apologetics isn’t just quoting the Bible. It involves giving scientific, historical, and philosophical arguments for what we believe. But it should always start with the Bible because it is our ultimate authority and it frames our thinking. We can’t give up our starting point and adopt the secular one that man determines truth! If we do that, we’ve lost the battle already!
Hambo isn’t willing to lose the battle. In his final paragraph, he shows how to apply his advice to debates about science:
Now, please don’t misunderstand. Depending on where a person is at in their thinking, you may have to answer some of their questions to get them to doubt their position. [Like the age of the Earth.] But ultimately you have to show clearly that, as Christians, we do start with the Bible. You can use observational science to help them see how science confirms the Bible’s history [It always does!] and then explain how our worldview is built on the Bible, so that is why we believe what we do regarding morality.
That’s how it’s done. So be warned, dear reader. Don’t ever debate with someone like Hambo. He’s always gonna win, because he knows The Truth™!
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