Edging Away from Egypt (VIII)

…the regenerate man is delivered not only from sin but from this world of ‘shrieking implausibilities.’ His universe is now a realm of causality and meaning, and, like himself, it is God’s creation. As a result, his growth in grace is a heightened awareness. He becomes progressively more knowledgeable about God, man, law, and the universe. He is living in terms of reality, not imagination.

All men, whether they like it or not, live in a real world; however, not all men are ready to live in terms of reality, which, supremely, means that God is sovereign and that the universe, God’s handiwork, moves in terms of His law. Salvation in part means conformity to this reality.[1]

Every attempt by man to ignore and supplant the God of the Bible, requires a rebellious use of the mind. This process of course began in the Garden, so it should be no surprise that it continues today, with probably 90% of humanity.

It’s logical that right from the beginning, the devil would seek to muddy the waters with Adam and Eve, in terms of their source of knowledge. He successfully put doubt in their minds concerning the reliability of God’s statements to them.

This should warn us: what we know and how we know it will be a hotly contested issue, that we must be thoroughly prepared for.

God requires the totality of our submission to Him. To require of us that “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex.20:3), requires that there be nothing left outside the sphere of His authority and dominion. There are to be no fenced-off or somehow neutral areas of our being, where we can say, “This is mine. God cannot come here.”

Paul reiterated this fact. He’s been arrested in a rather undignified manner by the God of heaven (Who identified Himself as “Jesus”) on the Damascus road (see Acts 9). Thus Paul taught us that:

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (II Cor.10:5).

Paul is clearly teaching that anything less, is idolatry. This must impact the Christian in his attitude towards the Bible, and in fact to all knowledge.

Christians of late have been inconsistent about this, and it has led to all manner of scrapes for us. When we say we believe that scripture is true, someone says, “What about this 6 Day Creation business?” and we get stumped.

What we should say is, “What about 6 Day Creation? No problem. That’s what is says.  That’s what I believe.”

Once we give up on that basis issue, we’ve given up the fundamentals of Biblical and Christian credibility.

Darwin was an utter fool who had no idea. Yes, natural selection is certainly a fact of nature, but it provides no explanation of origins. That’s a whole separate ball-game, thoroughly explained by Genesis 1, and confirmed by Jesus:

Have you not read that He Who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Mat.19:4-5).

Even unbelieving scientists now are scoffing at Darwin. David Berlinski, Ph.D., the author of “The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Scientific Pretensions,” an agnostic Jew, wrote that:

Suspicions about Darwin’s theory arise for two reasons. The first: the theory makes little sense. The second: it is supported by little evidence (p.187).

But when Darwin published “The Origin of the Species” in 1859, the church was stunned, and caught utterly off guard. It had no answer to the intimidations of a supposed scientist, ran off the intellectual battlefield and put up the white flag. From then on, the retreat intensified.

Since that time, the church has been generally intimidated by “scientists.” Mark my words, you will believe in someone or something. Who or what will it be?

This requires that Christians be confident in God’s Word, which has always been the case. In Noah’s case, it was the difference between being in the ark, and drowning. It’s no different today.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                 The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (Heb.11:6). The people of God need to sing the old hymn, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way…”

Who do you really believe in? Who do you really trust? Make sure it’s the God of scripture.

Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed (Ro.10:11).

 

 

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Salvation and Godly Rule,” 1983, p.364.