Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bill Nye and Ken Ham Debate, Evolution vs Creation

I was able to catch most of the live debate today.  Overall I think alot of excellent information was discussed and for the most part, calmly and politely.

In my opinion, Ken Ham missed some serious opportunities to drive home the Bible's unique authority regarding historical events and the observation of scientific evidence.  He often, seemingly tritely, said, "There's this book..."  And while I respect that he went back to The Book, he failed to pull important verses and powerful evidences in it.

For example, when he was questioned about the creation of the stars, he pointed out the scripture that says, "In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth."  And almost as an afterthought he added that on the fourth day, "He made the stars also."

Then he said, "I don't know why," in response to Why they were created and Why they are moving the way they do.

But Genesis 1:14-15 tells us, "Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so."
And Enoch 2:1 tells us, "Observe ye everything that takes place in the heaven, how they do not change their orbits, and the luminaries which are in the heaven, how they all rise and set in order each in its season, and transgress not against their appointed order."

Another example, when Bill Nye accused creation believers of 'rejecting observable scientific evidences' I do not feel that Ken Ham CLEARLY answered.  Hence Bill Nye made the statement time and time again, that we must be 'rejecting' these evidences in favor of The Book.

I felt that Ken Ham would have done well to say, loud and clear, that two people coming upon 'evidence' might have differing opinions about it's meaning and application.  And as a person coming with The Book, we could put our 'evidence' against the book and see if they contradict.

As a person who believes in creation myself, I feel that the 'EVIDENCE' in fact falls into place and supports The Book.  I feel that the 'EVIDENCE' does not contradict the Bible.  I feel that the Creation Story, and the Global Flood, and Eve being the mother of all living and Noah being the patriarchal source of all living are all found in the 'EVIDENCE' and my belief in the Word of YHWH is made stronger.

Bill Nye's last arguments revealed the heart of his true fear in giving 'Creation' an ear in scientific circles.  He very clearly lacked understanding in regards to salvation and condemnation from a Biblical standpoint and pointedly asked, "What about all those people in the world who do not believe the Bible?  Are they all lost and condemned?" (paraphrased until I can find a transcript or go over the minutes again)

It wasn't an argument.

It was a plea.

And in reality, it is the plea of most who are confronted with a Bible proponent.  And so sadly, it is often met with .... "I don't know."  Or worse.... silence, so that the fears of the unbeliever are solidified and given greater voice inside their hearts.

I realize that the question came towards the end of the debate and perhaps Ken Ham didn't have the opportunity to answer it properly during the recorded session of the debate.

But I pray that he didn't miss the opportunity altogether and answered a seeking heart.

Overall, I didn't get the impression that anyone WON the debate.  I felt that it was fair to both parties and both parties were able to speak their mind quite openly for some time to make their points clearly.

And I am extremely grateful to Bill Nye for engaging in the debate.  He clearly stated that 'scientists' as a whole LOVE controversial points of view and the opportunity to question and prove their points of view.  But the truth is that MANY today are not willing to hear, debate and consider other's points of view.

Thank you to Bill Nye for being honorable, polite and an excellent spokesperson for those who support the theory of evolution.

And Thank you also to Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis for being courageous and making such amazing strides for the Biblical story of creation in scientific circles.

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