Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
(2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 ESV)
For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:5-7 ESV)
The Wizard of Oz was, for all his likeability, a phony. He projected an imposing image and a god-like voice that intimidated the subjects of his illusionary kingdom. Until, that is, Dorothy’s little dog, Toto, pulled back the curtain and revealed the truth about the “all powerful” wizard! That’s what the Word of God does to the “wizards” of this age, the social and political manipulators who speak with imposing words in authoritative tones, telling us that all we are and all we see around us is but the product of mindless evolution. It is scientific fact, they intone authoritatively. Yet it’s an illusion created by godless people who wish to control others and who have no qualms about lying.
Whether they are pontificating about “Global Warming” (or its new morph, “Climate Change”) or the underlying theory of evolution, godless social manipulators have never been averse to lying or withholding pertinent facts. A famous example was the “discovery” of allegedly human fossil remains in 1912 which were labeled Piltdown Man, and quickly were touted in the press as the “missing link” in human evolution. Piltdown Man was studied for decades and strongly influenced evolutionary research – until 1953 when it was uncovered as a hoax! The fragments of skull, which had been doctored in appearance, were dated at only 1,000 years – a modern man – and the jawbone and teeth were from an orangutan, doctored to look like an intermediate stage between ape and human. How many weak Christians, and gullible ministers, altered their beliefs or abandoned their faith during the forty years this hoax went unchecked?
Another deception perpetrated by secular scientists, whose agenda is to bolster the “orthodoxy” of evolution and oppose belief in a personal Creator, is the reporting in the popular press only those findings that seem to support evolutionary theory, while keeping to themselves the data that strongly contradicts that theory. Scientists of various disciplines have, of course, their technical journals in which they share their discoveries, hypotheses, and theories. Since they know these journals are read almost exclusively by other scientists of like convictions, they freely share their findings in an objective way. Not infrequently those findings do not fit evolutionary orthodoxy, and sometimes run strongly contrary to it. Evidence contradictory to evolution, however, does not get into the popular media. So the average person is left with the impression that evolution is established scientific fact.
The general public and most Christians are unaware that there are bona fide, credentialed scientists who regularly pore over those scientific journals and reveal the growing body of evidence that contradicts evolution and its hundreds of millions of years. Scientists at the Institute for Creation Research, the Creation Research Society, and Answer in Genesis, regularly report clear scientific evidence for the veracity of the Bible account. Since the popular media and evolutionary scientists cannot account for the data that contradicts their orthodoxy, they are reduced to the logical fallacy known in debate as ad hominem, that is, attacking the person making the argument instead of addressing the argument itself. So we see creation scientists denigrated as ignorant religious fanatics not worthy of attention.
The big question arises: Just why are evolutionary scientists and the public who willingly follow them so determined to protect and promote their theory as absolute truth? The biblical answer is found in the verses cited above. They “deliberately overlook” the truth (2 Peter 3:5) because they find “pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12). Responsibility to a personal God would cramp their style! The delusion that this life is all there is “frees” them to pursue their unbridled desires. The foundational issue then is spiritual.
I invite Christians, and I challenge all, to peruse the websites of the organizations I have mentioned and consider the evidence they present, evidence often drawn from the research of evolutionary scientists themselves!
It is sad to watch Christians waver under the imposing voice and image of Oz! And when the truth comes to light, the popular media can only shout: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”
Christian, don’t be intimidated by the pseudo-science that ridicules your faith in God’s Word. Do yourself a big favor: spend a little time perusing articles at the following websites.
Copyright 2015 by Thomas L. Jones