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Stubborn Blindness

2 Peter 3.5, 6

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world thatthen existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth whichare now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

The Story: Those who scoff at the Christian worldview and the Gospel of redemption do so from a platform of selective bias. They choose which “facts” will be allowed into their worldview and which will not be allowed. Anything that pertains to “faith” or “religion” or “God” is simply irrational and unscientific, on their terms, and, therefore, does not qualify for a place at the table of facts and public policy. They “deliberately overlook” the facts of the Bible’s historical, psychological, and cultural reliability; and they “overlook” the long record of human history which reveals that the Christian faith has brought more good to humankind than any other worldview. They also deliberately overlook the fact that Christians today are the most generous of all people to those in need; and they deliberately overlook the fact that the Bible can account for things their worldview simply embraces by faith, but cannot explain. All this “deliberate” overlooking of evidence and facts makes those who scoff at the Christian worldview vulnerable to being exposed as not basing their own worldview on, well, facts.

The Structure: Defending the Christian worldview is not as complicated as it can seem. When we begin with the understanding that reason and the facts are on our side, because the facts are truth, then we can welcome the marshaling of all kinds of facts to support the teaching of Scripture and expose the lies of unbelief. But, while unbelievers may feel free to “overlook” the teaching of Scripture, we must not. As we respond to the rants and challenges of scoffers, we do so out of a Biblical framework of truth and facts, and we will reason with our opponents on the basis of those facts, in order to demonstrate the reliability of those facts vis à vis the false worldviews of those who scoff at us.

What are some ways that the facts of history, science, human progress, psychology – any and all disciplines, in fact – demonstrate the reliability of Scripture?

Each week’s studies in our Scriptorium column are available in a free PDF form, suitable for personal or group use. For this week’s study, “Blind to the Truth: 2 Peter 3.1-10,” simply click here.

T. M. Moore

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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