An Alert to Mothers


This past week, Bill Nye, who calls himself “the science guy,” had some disquieting things to say about parents who teach their kids the biblical creation story. Among other things, he said, “Creation Science is not useful, because it can make no successful predictions about nature or the universe. So … it’s not science.” He says its claims are completely refutable, particularly regarding the age of the earth.

Apparently we are to assume that evolution can successfully predict phenomena regarding nature and the universe? We should remind him that the Bible has a 100% success rating for prophecies.

Nye said that “a continued belief in creationism by the majority of Americans may prove detrimental to the scientific progress of the country”!! (I know editors frown upon a single exclamation mark, but such pronouncements surely justify a flag of extreme startlement.) Hey, I think I just invented a new word …

Nye is not done. He continues that “…we cannot afford to raise a substantial fraction of the next generation of students, who do not have the skills to think scientifically.”

And evolution is scientific thinking? Evolutionist Ernst Mayr, Harvard biology prof, said that evolution was a “simple fact,” yet agreed that it was a “historical science (for which) laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques” by which to explain it.

The best response to this high-minded nonsense would be a quote from my dear departed neighbor, Avis Ausmus: “Well, I declare! The man must have lost his mind.”

Mr. Nye may be suffering from an advanced case of regulatory restraint and restriction syndrome. This affliction has been known to inflict considerable reduction in one’s reasoning abilities in direct proportion to the amount of attention given the afflicted. Since we are an easily bored society, his reality detachment should be alleviated by next week … or next month. Then he can go back to being simply “the science guy.”

For your information, a recent Gallup Poll reveals that 46 percent of Americans believe in creationism, 32 percent believe in evolution guided by God, and 15 percent believe in atheistic evolution. This undoubtedly unsettles

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the science guy.

A man with considerably more credibility than our science guy said that “… in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own … desires … they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

That man was the Apostle Peter, confident in the perfect reliability of that word, the Bible.

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11 Responses to An Alert to Mothers

  1. Jerry says:

    Yes, Sam, I was guessing about the Noah’s ark contents requirements in Genesis. My dictionary defines “guess” as “to form an opinion from little or no evidence”. Such was the case in describing some of the creatures that might be on board. The Noah’s ark story describes the living things, other than humans, to be put on the ark as follows:
    Gen. 6:19 “And of every living thing, of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.”
    Gen. 6:20 “Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground according to its kind, two of every kind shall come in to you, to keep them alive.”
    Gen. 7:2 “Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and its mate; and seven pairs of the birds of the air also, male and female, to keep their kind alive on all the earth.” (Why not the same count as Gen. 6:19?)
    There was a death toll described, due to the flood:
    Gen. 7:21 “and all flesh died that moved on the earth….”
    Gen. 7:22 “everything on dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.”
    Gen. 7:23 “He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground,…..”

    My guess is that, whatever could not survive the flood would have to be kept on the ark to replenish the earth. Maybe some living species (germs, bacteria, etc.) not fitting the requirements above would intentionally not be replenished. Since, upon leaving the ark, Noah sacrificed animals on an altar, it was good to have the extra clean animals described in Gen. 7:2 (I guess).

    • samuelehall says:

      Thanks, Jerry. Indeed, the account of Noah and the effects of this world-wide deluge are fascinating. BTW, examination of the Mt. St. Helens eruption and subsequent melting of the glacier on the mountain and mudflow replicate some of the effects of the Noahic Flood. For example, fresh basalt dated by radiometric dating to be 2 million years old! Check out one report at http://www.icr.org/article/5123/.

  2. Jerry says:

    Sam, thanks for the response. Speaking of Matthew 24, back in about 1970, Zola Levitt visited our Sunday School class in Dallas. I asked about his interpretation of Matthew 24:34, and he said that it was “cryptic.” To me, that meant that he didn’t have a good answer. What do you think that it means when it reads, “Truly I tell you, this generation shall not pass away until all these things have taken place.”? It seems fairly straight forward to me, but I may have missed something in the reading. If I am correct, it is saying that it will take place during the first century C.E., not sometime in our future. I understand that verse 36 says that the day and time are not known.

    • samuelehall says:

      Well, Jerry, thanks to you for your link (via email) to the various interpretations of Mat 24:34. That means, I guess, that there are a number of interpretations of that particular prophecy.
      However, in your comment about Noah’s ark, there’s nothing about him having to bring every germ, plant, and bacteria. You get in trouble when you guess; it doesn’t say that at all.

  3. Jerry says:

    Tom, Is there a strong demand among teenagers in Oregon to be sterilized? I can’t recall such a demand in my neighborhood in the 1950’s and 60’s. What’s the motivation?

  4. Consider the latest from the Oregon Health Authority, from Form DMAP 742B(rev.07/2011). Ages 15-20 Consent to Sterilization without parental notification. At a high school near you in Oregon.

  5. Herb Hofmann says:

    Please forgive me Sam, I can’t help but be snide.
    It’s Bill Nye the Science (that I choose to look at and believe) Guy. The scientists I read who accept the Creation Model, read Evolutionary Science extensively. More that anyone reading this post has and more than most scientists who accept the Evolutionary Model. They have to know both sides of the argument. I obviously don’t know how much time Bill Nye has spent reading Creation Science literature, but I would guess by his dismissive attitude, it is negligible.

  6. Jerry says:

    Within the past couple of days, I was browsing through a book intended to acquaint young people with the Bible in the 1950’s. The following relates to the current blog topic:

    Excerpt from a small book called I Believe, A Christian Faith for Youth, by Nevin C. Harner, published by The Christian Education Press, copyright 1950, 1954, page 58:

    “The central message of the Bible, as we have just seen, does not lie in the field of science. If science is what you are after, turn to a laboratory or a modern scientific textbook.

    The central message of the Bible does not lie in the field of history, although it contains much accurate history. If it is history you want, go to a professor or a book of history.

    The central message of the Bible does not lie in the field of predicting what will happen this year or in the year 2007 A.D. If that is what you want to know, you had better give up the idea. The future rests with God, and with man’s response to God’s will. Some people have thought they found in occasional numbers or phrases references to Hitler or Russia, and on this basis have worked out a scheme of things to come. But the Bible was not intended for this purpose. It is probably just as well if we do not know what is going to happen to us and to the world.”

    • samuelehall says:

      Jerry, I agree that it is foolish of us to try to predict the end of the age. Jesus said the Father knew the day and the hour; even he did not know it (Mat 24:36). We are exhorted–in a number of passages–to be ready and to look for Christ’s return.
      However, the Bible does tell us some of the things that will happen–to us and to the world. Matthew 24 records Jesus’ warnings in response to a question from his disciples: wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, severe persecution of believers, false prophets, an increase in wickedness, great distress unequaled from the beginning of time, the appearances of false Christs, the sun will be darkened and stars will fall from the sky, plus many other signs.
      In that passage, Jesus makes reference to two Old Testament scriptures–Daniel (which is also apocalyptic) and the record of Noah and the Flood. Thus Jesus verifies the cataclysmic deluge of Noah which changed the surface of the whole earth.

  7. Eric FOrbes says:

    The ocean is still getting saltier, the moon only has so much dust on its surface, the sun’s shrinking is a steady rate, and the earth’s magnetosphere as well. I’m curious to learn how people refute those young earth arguments.

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