Ken Ham and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently had a debate over this very question. As of now, you can view the entire debate at debatelive.org. I thought both presenters did a fantastic job. Both had sound arguments and remained respectful throughout. Because I side with the creationists, I certainly don’t have an objective view point and brought my own biases into it, but I do find this topic fascinating. Mostly, because, as Ken Ham pointed out, there are very differing view points when it comes to this topic, and I loved that Ken Ham showed testimonies of PhD and highly acclaimed men that hold to the creation view point.
I loved the question from the audience that said, “What, if anything, would make you change your mind?” Why do I love that question? Because it is one that we all should answer everyday for every biases we hold and the things we think we know. I know my wife will always have an abundance of Christmas decorations. I know that the sun will rise in the East and set in the West. I know that there is a God and that He cares for the people He created and wants to walk in relationship with them. What would make me change my mind about these things. The truth.
Keely and I talked about the debate a little bit after it was over and I realized that I probably take a more naturalistic and observational approach to this subject. What I view in the world is order. Science has done an amazing job of explaining the world around us in such a way that we can readily test and predict how something will happen given the same circumstances. It’s an awesome thing!!! Living in a world without predictions would be complete chaos. I think Nye failed to recognize is that there are times when outside influences affect our world in which you can’t predict. People have these kinds of things happen everyday and we make assumptions about our schedules but then somewhere along the way, a tiny change happens and the rest of our schedule adapts.
The world when created, I believe was very different. I am by no means an expert in this area, but I’ve done some research into the topic and from ground zero to Noah’s flood, the earth had a significantly different physical model than it does today. Kent Hovind did a great video on this topic and I encourage you to watch the entire video called The Hovind Theory. In it he explains things like why did people live so long before the time of Noah like those recorded that lived over 700 years. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that if the world behaved differently before the flood, then, the physical laws didn’t change, but what we observe now is not the way it’s always been. Therefore, Ken Ham can predict the exact same things that Bill Nye can predict.
Just as a quick side note, I think the question posed to Bill Nye about the second law of thermodynamics was a great one and I felt like he completely skirted the issue. Of course the earth is not a closed system and we get almost all our energy from the sun, but the universe is not a closed system. If the universe was a singularity at one point, it had to have taken an amazing amount of energy to “bang”.
Here is a question that I pose to anyone who won’t consider the possibility of a God creating and/or intervening.
Our world, for all intents and purposes, has 4 dimensions; length, height, width, and time. These 4 dimensions make up much of what we know today. Is it possible that there are more dimensions than what we observe or can observe? There has been speculation that life started on another planet and then was shipped, dropped, carried, etc. to earth and that’s where life started. My postulate is that a trans-dimensional being, created the universe we live in, specifically designed our habitat, and then created life on the earth that would reproduce after their own kind.
What we may not like about this explanation is that we are not in control. We, as humans, certainly like to be in control especially when it comes to our own well-being. This kind of explanation takes the complete control out of our hands and puts it in the hands of another being. Thus, since the world continues today in some semblance of order, we can test and repeat experiments that seem to put the control back into our own hands, until this trans-dimensional being decides to intercede again.
In closing, I want to reiterate that I, throughout my life, am on a quest for truth. Sometimes, I don’t like where it’s taken me and other times I have disregarded the truth and suffered the consequences. I believe that a search for truth leads us to the God I put my trust in. The Bible has been verified historically, archaeologically, and scientifically. I agree with Ken Ham in that it needs to be taken at a whole and read with the intended purpose in mind. I believe I have found the truth and that it leads me to my purpose in life; to love God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. Because I humbly accept this as my purpose, each day I try to live this out as fully as possible.