Atheist's Attacks

Answering Humanist's Accusations Against the Bible

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Is Science Superior?

Time for truth! Christianity is the foundation science was built on.

THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM IS: And Humanists esteem highly those who study this world and provide a better understanding of it. Unlike the theologians who focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers, persons using a scientific outlook have enabled great progress to be made in reducing misery and increasing happiness.

This chapter begins the section on humanist accusations about the Bible hindering science. Is this true?" Did the Bible prevent the progress of science? That is a good question and in the next few chapters, we will be looking at humanist claims that the Bible teach-es things that we now know are not scientifically true.

However, let us look at the other side of the coin. Is what humanist teach about Christianity true or false? The answer is: much of what they teach about Christianity is false. The above claim, quoted directly from the humanist web site, shows astounding igno-rance about Christianity. Of course, we know that—as scripture teaches—humanists are unable to understand the Bible. They are blind guides leading the blind.

What is the problem with their statement? Saying that "theologians focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers." is simply not true. Christian theologians study God (through scripture) so as to know God better, and by better knowing Him we can do better at obeying God and growing to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Is the humanist talking about prayer? Yes, we do pray... even theologians pray. However, the objective of prayer is not "influencing supernatural powers." That is a description of pagan Greeks and Romans attempting to bribe or trick their gods. Their "gods" were capricious, arbitrary, and uncaring when it came to humanity.

What Is The Purpose of Prayer?

Prayer has one purpose only... to glorify God. I will let John MacArthur explain as he talks about the Lord's Prayer in a Novem-ber 1979 sermon:

Everything in this prayer, beloved, seeks to glorify God, seeks to lift up his name, seeks to exalt his holiness. And I would just tell you right now that’s the purpose of all prayer. If you think prayer is for you, you’ve missed the point.

His glory is the issue. So when you pray get it in mind you’re not informing God, he already knows everything. You’re not forcing God, you’re not badgering God, you’re not irritating him, you’re not conning him. What you’re doing is submitting to his sovereignty.

And that’s the affirmation of the disciples’ prayer. That’s the way we want to look at it. It begins with, “Our Father who art in heaven,” adoring God. It ends with, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory forever,” adoring God again. In the middle, everything in it is about God.

“Our Father who art in heaven,” that’s God’s paternity. “Hallowed be thy name,” that’s God’s priority. “Thy kingdom come,” that’s God’s program. “Thy will be done,” that’s God’s purpose. “Give us this day our daily bread,” that’s God’s provision. And, “forgive us our debts,” that’s God’s pardon. “And lead us not into temptation,” that’s God’s protection. And, “thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever,” that’s God’s preeminence. And all prayer, Jesus is saying, is not to stand in the streets, and the corners of the streets to pray to be heard by men, to get glory for yourself, but all prayer is by absolute contrast to bring glory to God.

Quoted from the sermon: The Purpose of Prayer by John MacArthur.

You see, in making the statement the humanist has made, he has demonstrated that he has no understanding of this aspect of Christianity nor of Biblical prayer. His accusation is false. He alleges pa-gan practices that do not exist in Christianity.

However, what about the claim that "persons using a scientific outlook have enabled great progress?" In the context it is presented, I assume this is saying that persons with a Biblical outlook have hin-dered scientific progress

I've written about this on previous pages, here for example. However, let's take a look at it from another angle: the fact that the rise of science could not have happened without Christianity. (More information in an article by Eric V. Snow)

Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science?

This historiography of science has sYou see, in making the statement the humanist has made, he has demonstrated that he has no understanding of this aspect of Christianity nor of Biblical prayer. His accusation is false. He alleges pagan practices that do not exist in Christianity.till to face up honestly to the problem of why three great ancient cultures (China, India, and Egypt) display, independently of one another, a similar pattern vis-a-vis science. The pattern is the stillbirth of science in each of them in spite of the availability of talents, social organization, and peace—the standard explanatory devices furnished by all-knowing sociologies of science on which that historiography relies ever more heavily. - Stanley Jaki, The Savior of Science (Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1988), page 35

The hard facts of history, as found in the writings of Duhem, Jaki, and Merton, destroy the common claim of evolutionists that Christianity and science are necessarily incompatible. Much like how German sociologist Max Weber attributed the rise of capitalism to Protestantism's values, Merton's thesis maintains that the values of English Puritanism promoted scientific work. More significantly, Duhem and Jaki's research insists that the philosophical beliefs of Christianity had to drive out the anti-scientific conceptions of paganism in order for science to be born. Far from man's mind, the beliefs of the Bible ultimately freed him from the pagan dogmas that prevented the expression of his reason through a self-sustaining science. - Eric V. Snow, "Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science

Christianity freed people from pagan dogma and led to the rise of science and the scientific method in Europe. So, while the humanist is right, advances in science resulted in huge benefits for people, those advances were only possible because of the foundation provided by Christianity.

From aeronautics to zoology, Christians have contributed to existing branches of learning and created entirely new disciplines in their search for knowledge. If that weren’t enough, we have an even bigger bombshell to drop: Christianity made science possible in the first place. That’s right. Were it not for the Christian belief in an intelligible order created by a supremely intelligent God who also created human reason, there would have been no faith in reason. And without faith in the power and reliability of reason, there can be no science. - Michael Foley, “5 Myths About Christianity”

Conclusion: Humanists are misrepresenting Christianity and not telling the complete story. They ignore the fact that it was Christianity that provided the foundation upon which modern science and the scientific method were built.

NEXT humanist claim: The Bible teaches a Stationary Earth as the Center of the Universe

An erroneous Bible teaching caused Christian theologians to oppose Galileo’s proof that the earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun. In the sixteenth century, Copernicus proposed this theory about the double motion of the earth. In the following century, Galileo’s telescope proved that Copernicus had been right.

To oppose the Copernican doctrine and show that the earth remains stationary while the sun moves around it, the Catholic Church pointed to the tenth chapter of the book of Joshua [according to Andrew White]. There we are told that Joshua, in order to have a longer period of daylight in which to carry out the Lord’s command to slaughter the Amorites, ordered the sun to stand still – not the earth.

Is this true? Does the Bible teach the earth was stationary and at the center of the universe? Click here to get the answer.


The Good News

Before you get the good news, you need to know the bad news. It's about you. God says:

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23

Sin means disobeying God, aka breaking God's law. God is perfect and perfection is required to enter heaven. It's a standard none of us can achieve. We all fall short. For example, compare yourself with just one of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever told a lie?

All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8. Or what about:

Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:

Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' Have you done that?

You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...

Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true (believe), and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.